Martha Sherwood
  • Female
  • Eugene, OR
  • United States
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What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
Hardanger and reticella
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
more advanced reticella
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
I have been doing hemstitching and a little hardanger for decades and am trying to take it to the next level in connection with a 15th century Italian SCA persona.

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My turban project

These are the two ends of the turban I made as part of SCA garb. In part this was a test piece using a variety of reticello motifs from a 16th century Italian manual. The quality of the work is uneven as this was a learning experience. In my documentation I had two early 15th century Italian paintings showing women (both midwives) wearing turbans with internal striping and…


Posted on January 18, 2012 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Fourteenth century examples of reticello and ornamental hemstitching

In the process of doing the documentation for a piece of reticello lace for the Society for Creative Anachronism I came across two Sienese school paintings from the first half of the fourteenth century that appear to depict drawn thread laces. The second is the pillow on which the allegorical figure of Peace is reclining in Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good Government in the Palazzo Publico, Siena (1337), which combines square drawn thread motifs with whitework embroidery and looks very…


Posted on January 17, 2012 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

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At 6:30pm on June 2, 2012, Lorelei Halley said…


That piece you sent in the email is a very interesting one.  I see no reason to think any of it is not hand made.  The triangles are corded single Brussels, the rest is buttonhole stitch with picots on the bars.  Please post it among our PHOTOS, because the rest of our members will also enjoy seeing it.  I can't venture to specify a date or place of origin.  This type of lace originated quite early, but has continued in popularity.  Because of the simplicity and scale of the thread, I think it is more likely to be late 19th century than really early.  But I'm not really an expert on needlelace identification.  I'm too new to needle lace.

At 11:58pm on September 11, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…


Welcome.  Please go to NOTES and read them all.  They cover our policies, our territory, and the software.  We do have a reticella group, and you may wish to join it.  Also we have an album of reticella and drawn thread photos.  Look in the lower right hand corner of the reticella opening page.


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