Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a lacemaker sitting outside her house making pillow lace (bobbin lace). She sits on a chair with her pillow on a stool beside her. The parchment pattern for the lace is outlined with pins. She makes the lace by throwing the threads, which are weighted with bobbins, round the pins. This was intricate, skilled work. It would take a lacemaker about four days to make one yard of lace 1″ wide. At this date (1850s) a lace maker would be paid 1s 8d a yard.
Lacemaker makes pillow lace/bobbin lace
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Victorian illustration showing a lacemaker sitting outside her house making pillow lace (bobbin lace). Pins outline the pattern of the lace, which she makes by throwing threads weighted with bobbins round the pins.