Bridal Lace

September 10, 2009

I recently finished the Artist Trading Card that accompanies this post. Itbride.atc made me wonder if there were any obscure needlework terms with regard to brides or marriage or matrimony. Sure enough in the EoVN I found “bridal lace”. It is defined as a reticella, or drawn thread, fabricated during the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries in Italy. The “peculiarity of this lace was that it was made for weddings, and the patterns were the coats of arms and other distinctive badges of the families about to be united.”

What a lovely idea!


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