Fragment of a Band with Winding Design and Tendrils

Fragment of a Band with Winding Design and Tendrils

16th century

Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in one and two directions); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 9.5 x 42.3 cm (3 3/4 x 16 5/8 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1155


Fun Fact

Pattern books for lace-making and other needlework were aimed at well-to-do women and girls to encourage domestic virtue.


A scrolling vine with budding vegetation or a tendril motif is a recurring pattern in needle lace. The frequent use of the motif, adapted in lace from different centuries and regions, suggests that it was found in a pattern book.

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