>Romanian Point Lace Bolero


I am making this Bolero vest on a circa 1880-1900 Battenberg pattern.

This was a common practice for woman around the last turn of the century when a lot of people did hand work. Battenburg patterns were sold in almost all mercantile and big department stores. I have never counted how many patterns I have like this, but there are well over fifty, I am sure: handkerchief, baby bonnets, doilies, runners, parasols, insertions. I have three that are for vest and jackets. I have the vintage tools and supplies to make this in the traditional Battenburg way. I wanted one in Romanian lace instead; for now I can always go back and make another in Battenburg. As you can see I have made the cord. This is not the traditional foundation cord for Romanian lace as it only unravels in one direction. This is usually an accent braid; cord and braid mean the same thing. I just wanted to stay a little true to the Battenberg pattern that had a scalloped tape lace braid, so I made a scalloped Romanian braid instead. I have started the filling stitches. I have taken some close ups of some of the detail of the pattern. The measurement refers to the bust size in Battenberg; it will be a little smaller in Romanian as the threads pull a little tighter when stitched. So it should fit me once that is taken into account. I am also using antiques crochet thread to make this item.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ricardo
    Nov 14, 2006 @ 10:42:00



  2. sunshine
    Nov 14, 2006 @ 11:44:00

    >I am glad you liked it


  3. Gospel Band
    Nov 14, 2006 @ 17:39:00



  4. sunshine
    Nov 14, 2006 @ 17:45:00

    >hi Gospel bandI checked out your site since you didn’t write much. Appalacian Bluegrass music interesting. Thank you for stopping and saying hi


  5. susan
    Nov 15, 2006 @ 20:36:00

    >you completely amaze me! these posts are just full of amazing and involved processes! i am in awe!


  6. sunshine
    Nov 15, 2006 @ 22:08:00

    >I just wanted to say thank you for the comment on my blog that meant a lot to me coming from a person that owns an art gallery. So I missed your fashion event. I think it would have been fun to do just wasn’t enough time to make stuff as you said some are very involved processes and take a while to make. I was surprised I didn’t know you looked at my stuff thank you for doing that.take careSunshine


    May 27, 2011 @ 08:11:19

    Hola , me encanta ti trabajo, soy de Chile y trabajo en telar, gracias por compartir tus conocimientos Peggy Zepeda.


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