Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mystery Solved

Mystery solved!
I know what they are!

If you dropped by my blog yesterday, you know that I had bought these pretty little thingys at a thrift store, but I was unsure of what they were. (see here)

Because I didn't know what they were, much less what they were called, I was clueless as to where to start my research. But thanks to the help of my dear friends, Barbara, Manoly, Claudia, Sea Witch and CC (to visit these lovey ladies just click on their names), the mystery has been solved.

They are Bobbins to make Lace.

Evidently this is an art form that isn't practiced by too many people today. And according to Barbara, the most famous lace made with these types of bobbins is called Brussels Lace, which originated in Brussels, Belgium. Below is a picture of a lovely lady wearing a gown made out of Brussels Lace. Gorgeous!

Needless to say, I am very happy that the mystery has been solved. And now that I know what they are, I can fully appreciate them, not only for their beauty, but also for the beautiful pieces of art they once probably made.

A special thanks goes out to those lovely ladies that help solve this mystery and a heartfelt "thank you" to all you lovely ladies who left a comment.

Thank you for dropping by today.

Have a wonderful day.


Hugs and Kisses,


Altes Haus mit Seele said...

hi ana,
thank you for these wonderful pictures about the bobbin of lace and the history about that.

Willow said...

I am so glad that you were able to find out what they were. It is so interesting.


Sea Witch said...

Hello Ana: What a delightful post. I love the way you carried it over from yesterday and had so many visitors participate. Thanks also for the link to my blog. I have had the good fortune to witness lace making with bobbins and it is an amazing skill. Have a lovely day. Sea Witch

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Ana....Thanks so much for the follow up on yesterdays post! I am so glad someone knew what they were and it is great to learn something new. I love how you put an actual picture of a dress that was made that way!~Hugs, Patti

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Looks like it would have been a very complicated process. But how wonderful to be in a time where everything was handmade with love, homegrown with pride. Everything is so commercialized these days that people lose sight of the simple and precious gifts that are more important than that which money can buy. Blessings to you,:) Tammy

Fairy Footprints said...

Ana what a wonderful find you have. Wow I can't imagine how women were able to make lace such tiny little fibers, nothing like thread is when we sew. I heard that many women went blind from sewing lace in the olden days because it was so tiny.


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maría cecilia said...

Hi Ana, so great you found it out... but, as I told you, same ones are used by the mapuches, perhaps bigger, but same kind of work, not lace but wool.
María Cecilia

Dawn said...

What a sweet story. Will you display them? It would be lovely to display them with the photos you shared. Or will you be taking lace making classes? LOL! I wonder how many peopl still know how to do it?

Claudia said...

Ah! I am in awe of lacemakers - what delicate, beautiful, painstaking work!

Manoly said...

Hola Ana, me alegro mucho que mi ayuda te sirviera de algo, esstoy muy contenta por tí, te agradezco que pongas el enlace a mi blog, es un precioso detalle por tu parte, el post te ha quedado precioso como todo lo que haces. Un beso y te deseo todo lo bueno, amiga adiós.

Nat said...

Oh my...i thought they were spools of thread...well...they were i guess...only for lace...close right ?

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Ana,

I am glad that you found out what the mystery finds were!
I had an Aunt that used to make lace many years ago.
Beautiful work.
I hope that your week is going well.


Sandra Evertson said...

Those are very cool, hard to imagine people had such time to do such things!
Sandra Evertson

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Ana, those are lovely! So are all the photos, I love the lady in the lace dress! xoxo Julie Marie

Jenny said...

How lucky are you to find them! Now the object should be to learn to make lace with them. There are many more of us lacemakers around than people think

Mary said...

That is so incredible that you found these at a thrift store, Ana! I missed yesterday's post, so had to go check it out...love the photo of the lady in that beautiful lace dress. I have heard of this, but never actually had the opportunity to see it...beautiful! Now, are you going to learn to DO it? I'm not sure, but it looks as though it would be rather difficult, could be why not many are making it anymore...too bad, it is a beautiful artwork.

God bless!


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Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Ana, that is so interesting. Love your post. They are quite pretty, actually.

Barb ♥

Miss Gracie's House said...

Now, you know! Aren't they pretty and can you even imagine actually being able to make lace?!

Linda said...

Oh, how neat...I didn't know what they were too...glad we know now!!! Happy Thanksgiving!


Vicki said...

Hi, Ana,
This was very interesting to know. That is quite an art form creating the beautiful laces. The lady's dress is gorgeous! Have a beautiful week, my friend! Vicki


So glad you were able to solve the mystery. I wonder if anyone still does that? Probably somewhere...
Love your new Thanksgiving look. Blessings!

Rita said...

Hi sweet Ana,
how lucky of you to find those treasures in the first place as they are quite difficult to find nowadays and also to find out what they were used for. Must be very difficult to use.
Did you make any attempt to use them?
Visiting your bog is always a great pleasure!

mary said...

oh ana what a fantastic find you have there!
and now to know what they were used for...one can only imagine the beautiful things they created!

Gina said...

They are so pretty! I would have never imagined that's what they were for.

Janean said...

amazing find!!! my great grandma tatted lace. alas, none was saved *deep sigh* it'd be fun to learn...

Deb said...

I'm so happy you found out what they were....blogland is full of answers...

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