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Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch Gardenvale, Victoria

The Australian Lace Guild was formed in 1979 to meet the needs of all those interested in lace.
The aims and objectives of our organization are:
1) to promote lacemaking as a craft throughout Australia and to bring together people interested in all forms of lace and lacemaking;
2) to provide a forum for the exchange of information on lace and lacemaking;
3) to establish and maintain standards of excellence in the craft of lacemaking in all forms; for personal and public education.
Our members include tool makers, collectors and historians as well as those actively engaging in making lace.

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Lace Guild has its own committee and actively seeks to promote lace and lacemaking throughout Victoria and holds Lace days on the 4th Saturday of the month at Gardenvale, Victoria.

We hold a small collection of lace primarily for study purposes. Pieces range from some that were made in the early 17th Century to present day pieces. We do not have a permanent display that is open to the public.

For further information contact either the Victorian Branch of the Australian Lace Guild at lacevictoria@gmail.com or the collection curator annettelally@bigpond.com

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Contact Information

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Australian Lace Guild (Victorian Branch) Inc P.O. Box 184 Trentham Victoria 3458
phone
+61 (03) 9429 4324

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Opening Hours

Our collection is not on display and open to the public. Private viewing would be by appointment only.

Location

Briphil House 80 Gardenvale Road Gardenvale Gardenvale Victoria

A collection of antique and modern lace items and samples, lacemaking tools and patterns.

Leonie Martinson 16 March 2018 9:39 AM

It is wonderful, what a great way for us all to see. Congratulations to those who have taken their time to do all the work.

Kathryn Hartley 17 September 2018 11:45 AM

I have discovered that some of my ancestors were Lacemakers from Nottingham and Calais. I would love to actually see some lacework - I live in Winchelsea, but can travel to Gardenvale at any time if I can make an appointment., Kathryn

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Torchon lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming Bedfordshire type heading.

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimmimg

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Le Puy Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

A black silk edging used as a costume trimming

Machine made lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Machine made muslin applique Fichu. Muslin appliqued onto machine made net using machine chain stitch.

Irish Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet motif

Flemish or Honiton

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace motifs appliqued onto a machine made net. Edging.

Historical information

Valuable old lace was often salvaged to be used again. Here motifs have been reclaimed from an earlier 18th Century lace (probably damaged) and appliqued onto machine made cotton net probably early in the 19th Century. The original motifs are either Flemish or Honiton. Use: as a costume trimming

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Flemish Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Flemish lace edging attached to a piece of black fabric.

Historical information

This lace is similar in appearance to Genoese collar laces but the thread is much finer and the lace softer. At the time it would have been an expensive fashionable lace trimming. This particular piece was borrowed and used as an illustration in Pat Earnshaw's book "The identification of Lace"

Honiton lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace - Dress front

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Good quality dress front/plastron. Fashion item

Blonde

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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A very light and delicate lace for costume trimming. Probably hand made but could be machine made.

Russian lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace. Triangular piece

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Probably made for the tourist trade

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Honiton lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Very fine lace used for costume trimming

Brussels mixed lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace with needle made ground and fillings. Edging. Sample.

Historical information

A fine lace used as costume trimming.

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Carrickmacross

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Carrickmacross lace collar.

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Fine muslin appliqued onto machine made net is decorated by hand with needlerun embroidery stitches

Machine made lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Machine made lace "Chemical" oval lace motif. Cotton thread embroidered onto a base fabric which is later dissolved away.

Flemish lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace Flouncing

Historical information

Very fine old Flemish lace. Use - Fashion trimming or ecclesiastical

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Fine lace used as costume trimming

Maltese lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edged handkerchief.

Historical information

Use: Fashion accessory

Rosaline lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Bobbin made lace with needle made flower centres. Use: Costume trimming

Brussels mixed lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace motifs with needle made ground and fillings. Edging.

Historical information

Although this piece was probably made between 1870 and 1900 the motif designs are copying 18th Century designs. Would have been used as costume trimming.

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Irish Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet edged rectangular mat.

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Probably home made

Tape lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Pocket flap. Machine made tapes with needle made fillings. A narrow piece of machine Valenciennes has been added to the top edge.

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Machine made lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Machine made "Chemical" lace motif. Cotton thread embroidered onto a base fabric which is later dissolved away.

Alencon type lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Needle lace edging - sample

Historical information

Lace probably made in Burano Italy in the style of 18th century French Alençon needle lace. Fine lace used as costume trimming

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Fine lace used as costume trimming.

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Honiton lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Lace modesty front. Bobbin lace motifs appliqued onto machine made net.

Historical information

Modesty front to be worn as a filler with a low cut blouse or dress.

Maltese lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging

Historical information

Use: Costume trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Pillow slip with Valenciennes lace insertion and border

Historical information

This fine linen pillow slip was made in Austria about 1880. The insertion of French Valenciennes lace is of about the same date, being 5.0 cms wide and having a round ground. The border frill is also of French Valenciennes lace being a little earlier around 1850, it is 16 cms wide and has a square ground. The pillow slip was made especially for the mother of a first grandchild.

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace cap

Historical information

Use: Fashion accessory. This cap was worn by the donor's great aunt, trimmed with velvet bows

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Filet Lace - Lacis

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

A darned lace edging. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Very fine linen thread. Fine lace used for costume trimming

Alencon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Needle lace edging

Historical information

Fine lace used as a costume trimming

Maltese lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edged handkerchief

Historical information

Use: Fashion accessory

Torchon lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion

Buckinghamshire Point lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Fine lace used as a costume trimming

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

Historical information

Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Tape lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Tape lace collar. Machine made tapes with needle made filling stitches.

Historical information

This collar was made by the mother of the donor. A home made fashion item.

Irish Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet edged oval mat

Historical information

For domestic use. Possibly home made

Flemish Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace. Irregular shaped piece

Historical information

This piece of lace has at some time been cut up and re-grounded. It would originally have been used as a fashion item such as a flounce.