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For discussion of construction and style details of antique Alencon needle lace, and for those who want to learn it. Alençon We are now including Argentan. There are some differences but many similarities between the two. Eventually we will be able to clarify.
Christiane says: "Anne Kraatz in her catalog of laces "Les dentelles" indicates that, nowadays, Argentan laces are those that consist of more significantly by the "brides bouclées" hexagonal network and a smaller number of "modes" or "fillings". Pat Earnshaw also addresses the Argentan and the Argentella too. The latter type, Argentella, I would point out, is made in the town of Argentan and is characterized by its "rosacé network" or "rosette network " but still in the same family as the Alençon . But basically, the two towns of Alençon and Argentan know well and exercise either the three types." "
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"La dentelle à l'aiguille" by Brigitte Deslesques Dépalle. (Dorothy Searle translation of part of this book) Brigitte and Laurie Waters "studied at the Atelier National du Point d'Alencon at the same time in 1980". Brigitte's "book is the definitive work on the technique."
Laurie Waters translation of Brigitte Deslesques Depalle La%20dentelle%20%C3%A0%20l%27aiguille.pdf
There is a book, Alencon Lace derived from the original Histoire du Point D'Alencon by Mme Despierres, 1886, that is a translation by Roberta Morgan into English that describes a lot about the organization of the industry.
Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE. Merehurst, London, 1991 has a chapter on Alencon and its stitches. I don't know if her choices are exhaustive or merely common ones.
This video shows lace makers at the school in Normandy, showing how they hold their hands.
A set of photos showing working methods and some antique laces (but not closeups)
Loretta's diagrams for horsehair picots are here.
Loretta's instructions for Brides Bouclées a one page pdf file.
Stitches of Alencon - http://needlelacetalk.ning.com/group/alencon/page/stitches-of-alencon ;
Photos of Alencon lace
I have followed the comments about the basic stitch for Alencon reseau with interest. A few days ago I was fortunate enough to be able to examine some antique Alencon lace under a 400X…Continue
Started by Maureen Bromley. Last reply by Maureen Bromley May 17, 2014.
Bonjour à vous tous,Peut-être pourriez-vous m'aider. J'ai acheté du fil 100/3 en coton pour commencer un essai en dentelle d' Alençon. Est-ce que doubler le fil 100/3 pour la trace sera suffisant ou…Continue
Started by Christiane Machabée. Last reply by Christiane Machabée Jan 24, 2014.
Here is my first attempt at an Alencon sampler. It consists of 9 half-inch squares and uses gassed cotton thread - size 160 for the reseau in the centre and 120 for the rest. I see that this thread…Continue
Started by Dorothy Searle. Last reply by Karen Roy Jan 2, 2014.
If any of our members comes across a photo of Alencon online, with enough detail to see the working method, please post a link here. We already have some links from Phil among our comments. I am…Continue
Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Sep 19, 2013.