Genevieve told me the most fascinating story about a book she just read. I KNOW you will want to hear about it so I bring her words to you:
"I have just finished the most fabulous book, "The Lace Reader" by Brunonia Barry. Firstly, what a great name the writer has! Secondly, this quirky book has me looking up everything I can about the history of lace. The book centers around something called "Ipswich Lace", named after the town of Ipswich in Massachusetts. In it's early times, Ipswich was a thriving harbor, and lace was brought into port by ships from Europe. Over about 125 years, the harbor entrance filled up with silt, and the port of Ipswich was no longer a main port.
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George Washington was a huge fan of lace, (oh those were the days!), and visited Ipswich more than once to see the textile industry up close. Apparently it was all about the cuffs and the collars at the time.
Then, as with all things, the men had to get in on it. In the early 1800's a netting machine was created. While the men managed the machines that created the basic mesh of the lace, the ladies would embellish the netting.
And 20 years later, the ladies were out of their jobs. A 200 year industry gone to machines that could do it all for you. While not a satisfying ending, "The Lace Reader" does have a satisfying ending. The characters have seeped into my head and I keep expecting to see them again."
Do any of you make lace? We will have to see if I can restrain myself from trying to learn how make lace!!!