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2012/81/1 Necklace, 'Chantilly necklace', enamelled copper wire / Swarowski crystal beads, designed and made by Lenka Suchanek, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2010. Click to enlarge.

'Chantilly necklace' by Lenka Suchanek

This necklace was designed and made by Lenka Suchanek in 2010. Now based in Canada, Suchanek is a lace artist who first learned to make lace in her native Czech Republic, a country renowned for its contemporary lace design. Her work has been informed and refined by the study of historical lace techniques as well as patterns in publications and museum collections around Europe. A winner of many prestigious prizes in Europe, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain and Italy, she was a finalist in the 2001 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Necklace, 'Chantilly necklace', enamelled copper wire / Swarowski crystal beads, designed and made by Lenka Suchanek, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2010

Physical Description

A necklace formed with daisy-like flower components and stylised round foliage made from black-enamelled copper wire frames filled with black nets of bobbin lace. The necklace consists of a foliate choker with two flower heads positioned just above a suspended larger central flower applied with a gold-wire Napoleonic bee in the middle. Attached to the central flower motif are three smaller flowers, positioned one above another and interspaced with foliage, which cascade in one single, gently curving line, towards the bottom. Small black Swarowski crystals are attached in places to simulate berries or flower buds.


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540 mm


210 mm


20 mm



Made by Lenka Suchanek from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010.

The necklace is constructed through the use of the bobbin lace technique.

For any lacework, the most important step is to use the right size of thread (or wire in metal lacework) and correct density of threads in the pattern. Suchanek usually makes four or five samples on a small area of the pricking to find the right combination. Once the pattern is established, many bobbins are prepared, wound in pairs. The winder is the only mechanical tool that is used in the process of bobbin lace. The pairs are taken into the work as necessary. There is no need to count the pairs, they are just added or taken out according to the pattern. The large number of pairs, especially in the widest area of the design, might seem quite intimidating to the viewer but it is not the real challenge of the work. A lace-maker usually concentrates on two pairs at a time, performing two basic steps of cross or twist, so the real skill lies in a sustained concentration on one step at the time. After thousands of these simple steps - if done correctly - the lace appears.



This necklace, along with six wall hanging panels titled 'Are We Made of Lace?' (panels on loan only to Museum), were made for and displayed in 'Love Lace: The Powerhouse Museum's Third International Lace Award, 2011-2013'.


Credit Line

Purchased, 2012

Acquisition Date

29 June 2012

Cite this Object


'Chantilly necklace' by Lenka Suchanek 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2022, <>


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