Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
Here is a link to many close ups of Alencon.
Very interesting. The lady who writes the blog does understand that just because something is called "Alencon" that doesn't necessarily mean that it is. Only the 3rd photo on that page is clearly hand made Alencon (the work is in process). Unfortunately, even the 1st and 2nd photos are not close up enough for certainty. Alencon was a very fine delicate lace. i would be surprised if it was ever made into tablecloths.
To our historically knowledgible members: what is the time period for Alencon, and was it made into tablecloths?