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Handmade Bobbin Lace by the Foot - Spider's Ribbon

Handmade Bobbin Lace by the Foot - Spider's Ribbon

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This beautiful, narrow lace trim is handmade to length using more than a dozen bobbins. A gorgeous touch for your wedding or scrapbook!

Making lace by hand is an art that is fast dying in this world - the skill and expertise needed are sometimes compared to a concert pianist's. Dozens of bobbins are manipulated to slowly coax a pattern, twist by twist and inch by inch, from fine threads. When a piece finally comes off the pillow, it has a delicacy and crispness unmatched by any machine-made lace. It is, quite truly, stunning. The spirit of the maker shines through in a way unparalleled by any other art.

Small pieces of lace look stunning in scrapbook pages or shadowboxes for very special occasions. Larger ones can be used to trim wedding handkerchiefs, lingerie, ring pillows, garters, and other accessories.

This lace border has two straight edges, perfect for use as an insert in heirloom sewing or as a trim. This lace is not quite half an inch wide (7/16ths, approximately 1 cm) and measures approximately twenty spiders - the small oval designs in the center - per six inches. Your lace will be made all in one piece, unless otherwise asked for, and finished at both ends so as to not ravel. It may be cut to be used in projects. 

Making lace by hand is a very slow and tedious process, and small pieces (six to eighteen inches) will ship out in one to three weeks. Larger pieces will take longer, and a message will be sent to you regarding the time frame needed to make it. This particular pattern takes an hour to make just six inches. Even longer pieces can be made, please message for a custom listing so we can work something out just for you.

All lace ships out Express Two-Day (domestic in the US) with tracking and insurance. International orders also ship with tracking and insurance, but delivery times vary.

If lace is to be washed, handwash gently in warm water with mild white soap, rinse well (do not wring!) and pin flat to dry. A simple way to do this is to place the lace in a mason jar with water and a bit of soap and to shake gently. Any pulling or twisting motion is to be avoided.

Care information

Linen handkerchiefs may be washed via delicate cycle in a washing machine (no bleach) or for best results, by hand. Iron hot, with steam, on the backside of the work. Any stitches pushed out of place from the iron can gently be prodded back into place. A cotton or mesh laundry bag will help protect your piece from getting snagged.

Temari should not be washed, just dusted if necessary. If needed, you can wet a cloth in hot water and wring it out quite well, and use that to spot-wash. Temari are made of fibers all the way through, so a wash or soak would mean that the inside would never dry.

Our embroidered blankets are made with wool, and should be handwashed gently in cool water.

Goldwork embroidery should only be washed by a professional. Other embroidery is best cleaned as for temari (especially framed hoop work) though wearable accessories may be put through the wash on a gentle cycle or hand washed.

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Embroidered letters in progress in hoop, a woman in a purple shirt is embroidering them by hand onto a linen handkerchief

Further Customization

Working by hand allows us to customize your order in ways not possible with an embroidery machine. For custom designs, click the Chat button at bottom right and let us know what you'd like.