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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

Patricia Collisson 25 February 2019 6:09 PM

I visited Nottingham and honiton in Devon to look at the lace. However the Honiton lace school was a shop only and the lace museum was closed. Te nottinghham lace was machine made lace and there was a small exhibition of clothing as it was the centre of dressmaking. I had my wedding dress made by a fiend there. She just laid the fabric on the floor took a few measurments and with out a pattern just cut out a dress and coat which fitted perfectly. The hugenots from france where true lace makers and founded the honiton lace industry. They were escaping from religeous persecution what a

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Tape lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Tape lace dress front. Machine made tapes with needle made fillings

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Fashion accessory. Home made or hobby lace. Belonged to Mrs Calder Oliver (donor's mother)

Honiton lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace - Dress front

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Good quality dress front/plastron. Fashion item

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Mechlin lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging

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Fine old Mechlin lace used as a costume trimming

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Le Puy Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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A black silk lace used as a costume trimming

Cluny Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Brussels applique lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Scarf / Tie of bobbin lace motifs appliqued onto machine made net.

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Fashion accessory

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace cap

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

Mechlin lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging

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Costume trimming

Brussels Duchesse

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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A Guipure lace, having a bar background. Fashion item. Costume trimming

Flemish Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Flemish lace edging attached to a piece of black fabric.

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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"

Bedfordshire Maltese Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Very fine linen thread. Fine lace used for costume trimming

Tape lace: Princess lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Machine made tape appliqued on to machine made net. Oval dressing table mat

Mechlin lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging

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Very fine old Mechlin lace used as a costume trimming

Valenciennes lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Fine lace used as costume trimming

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Torchon Lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace insertion. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Buckinghamshire Point lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Use: Domestic. Household trimming

Torchon lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample.

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Use: Domestic. Household trimmings

Irish Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet edged oval mat

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For domestic use. Possibly home made

Machine made lace: Chemical lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Collar with standing neck edge.

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Chemical lace. The design was machine embroidered onto a base fabric which was then chemically dissolved away.

Tambour

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Embroidered net. Flounce of machine made net with floral design worked in chain stitch. Could possibly be handmade but is more likely to be machine made.

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Flouncing - costume trim.

Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet insertion. Sample

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Use: Domestic. household trimming Crochet imitating Torchon lace

Irish Crochet

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Crochet motif

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.

Honiton lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Bobbin lace edging. Sample

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Very fine lace used for costume trimming

Mixed lace

Australian Lace Guild - Victorian Branch, Gardenvale

Mixed lace cloth with cutwork and insertions of Needlelace and of Filet. There is a border of Cluny style bobbin lace.

Historical information

This cloth belonged to Anna Sptiz (the donor's mother in law) and was part of her trousseau in the late 1800s.