Lorelei -- You are very welcome. I'm grateful for the info people can offer, as well as the interest in and appreciation of the pieces. I have more pieces of antique (as in truly old) needlelace that I bought in England (and a few other pieces I've bought here on ebay). I will dig some of them out and post detailed photos of interesting motifs if people would like more.
Thanks, Lorelei! I will play around a while, but I'll be sure to ask for help if I get really stuck. I just bought a piece of antique needlelace that I think is stunning, so one of the first things I'll try is posting some pictures!
I wish you every success with this site. From the quality of the work shown in your photos we can a lot to learn from you. I see a post from Elizabeth Ligeti. She is a very experienced lacemaker. I can recommend Catherine Barley's books to anyone, whatever experience they have. Very clear instructions and diagrams.
I have very little knowledge of needlelace. I did try to take a needlelace course with Loretta Holzberger when I attended the PNWLC in Tacoma a couple of years ago and was totally intrigued with this type of lace. Unfortunately I did not follow up on what I tried to learn as my time seemed to be taken up with other types of laces(tatting and bobbin lace) and with my other commitments to the lace world(Canadian Lacemaker Gazette). I would now like to learn a little more about this type of lacemaking but have no idea how to start.....which resources to look at, which books to purchase, etc....basically, how to start. If this forum is to give advice to beginning needlelacers then it is for me but if not then please remove me from the list. Thanks so much.