Purfylle: Bobbin Lace Inspiration

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Bobbin Lace Inspiration

You already know that Eleanora's caul influenced me to learn bobin lace but I want to share with you some of the extant garments that also inspired me.

Stunning green silk doublet is purfylled (embellished) in embroidery and bobbin lace. The bobbin lace braid is a fairly simple design worked with both narrow and thick threads with small picots down one side. The braid is used to edge the embroidery design which is worked on silk strips then applied to the velvet doublet.
1580 doublet silk, metallic thread, brass

1570 Jerkin

Velvet Jerkin decorated with silver bobbin lace of scallops with a picot edge.

Two-tone lace on the Margaret Laton Jacket worked with spangles on the picots. This jacket in particular had me lusting after the lace.
1610-1615 Laton Jacket

childs dress c1600


gold and silver lace

And of course we may never know what happened to Eleanora's caul from her burial garments however her portraits indicate she had several pearled cauls and matching partlets. Which I think have been constructed using bobbin lace techniques.




Eleanora in a red satin gown
 by Bronzino




from the Bronzino portrait we all know and love


I really couldn't say with any certainty what style of lace has been employed for each of these garments let alone make accurate reproductions of them, however I hope to be able to do so one day. Are you a lace aficionado? Which lace techniques do you think have been used?

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