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90/1062 Figures, bobbin lace, linen/metallic thread, Elena Holeczyova, Czechoslovakia, 1977. Click to enlarge.

"Studies for Popoluska" : bobbin lace figures designed and made by Elena Holeczyova, Czech Republic, 1997

Made
  • 1977
We don't now think of the Czech republic and Slovakia as having been part of this empire, but it is important to know that it was in order to understand the influences on its lacemaking. Although Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, (and to some extent Hungary), had all made fashion lace for sale through Vienna, their folk laces were of great personal importance and provided the skills for the development of contemporary lace when the fashion market for traditional lace collapsed. The Art Nouveau …

Summary

Object No.

90/1062

Object Statement

Figures, bobbin lace, linen/metallic thread, Elena Holeczyova, Czechoslovakia, 1977

Physical Description

Figures, bobbin lace, linen/metallic thread, Elena Holeczyova, Czechoslovakia, 1977

Production

Made

  • 1977

Notes

'Studies for Popoluska' 90/1062-1,2

Technical notes

Worked with the wrong side upwards.
Threads:
* Metallic "ribbon" gmp-plied with a Z twist around yellow core
* Z twist thread, possibly cotton crochet thread

Study 1; an angel?

The white skirt was worked first with two sets of 3 pairs, worked in semi circles and crossed over. A gold plait (and picots) is worked over top to make a mid line, with sewings around the crossings.

The hair is formed with just 2 pairs, which twist left and right around pins, then work cloth stitch, pin, clothstitch before diverging again. (This only holds its shape because the work has been slightly stiffened.)

The flowers have leaf tally petals, worked either with four white threads, or three white threads and one gold (weaver). They are worked from base to tip and the threads return as a 'buttonholed' bar to be sewn to the starting point before working a very short plait to the base of the next tally/petal. The process is repeated for remaining petals. Most of the flowers have a 'halo' made with one pair of twisted threads which are attached to the flower by sewings around the buttonholed return bars.

Each flower used only two pairs of threads, but where they continue on to a stem and leaves they appear to have been worked with one thread of each of four starting pairs (called a divided or invisible start). The remaining threads are incorporated into the plaited stem when the flower head is finished. All four stem pairs are used for the leaves – three workers to make a footside edge, and one central passive pair. The threads are carried back to the stem by means of a 'buttonholed' bar.

The arm threads pass behind the body body with plaits. The hair pairs pass behind the arms.

Study 2; a mermaid

The "waves" are worked in two separate strips – one white and the other gold. First the white strip, worked with 3 pairs, begins with the leaf on the top left of the water then the gold (worked with 2 pairs.) The white is worked as a 2 pair plait with a 3rd pair which "snakes" from left to right. The gold pairs are worked together with half stitch – pin – half stitch then twisted and sewn into the white loops.

The leaves (scales?) down the body of the mermaid were worked first, then the cloth stitch body was attached to them with sewings.

The cloth-and twist flowers have an invisible (divided) start with 4 pairs which meet at the bottom of the flower and plait to the pairs of leaves, which are worked as leaf tallies with a plaited return. One gold thread only is carried for the some of the leaves.

The mermaid was begun at the head and the threads which finish at the tail are buttonholed and sewn into the back of the work.
R Shepherd
17-10-12

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1990

Acquisition Date

27 November 1990

Cite this Object

Harvard

"Studies for Popoluska" : bobbin lace figures designed and made by Elena Holeczyova, Czech Republic, 1997 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/102289>

Wikipedia

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