Chats on Old Lace
WITH 76 ILLUSTRATIONS
T. FISHER UNWIN, LTD.
little book has been compiled to emphasise and
accentuate the distinct awakening of English women and
Needlecraft Artists to the beauty of the ancient laces
and embroideries which we own in the magnificent
historic collections in our great public Museums.
fortunate in possessing in the Victoria and Albert
Museum monumental specimens of both lace and needlework.
Among the sumptuous lace collection there are most
perfect specimens of the art of lace-making, and
priceless pieces of historic embroidery made when
England was first and foremost in the world in the
production of Ecclesiastical embroidery.
collection particularly, without compare, is
illustrative of all that is best in this delightful art,
being specially rich in magnificent pieces that can
never be again obtained. These have mostly been given,
or left as legacies, to the Museum by collectors and
enthusiasts who have made this fascinating hobby the
quest of their lives. In
addition to the collection formed by the