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Why is Honiton famous for lace?

Why is Honiton famous for lace?

Honiton lace is renowned for its intricate beauty and designs that often depict delicate flowers and leaves, and sometimes animals or other natural objects.

What is Honiton lace made from?

It was made in towns and villages throughout the East Devon area. HONITON LACE is made with bobbins using very fine thread. It is a part lace, differing from other British laces which are made in continuous lengths. Each Honiton motif is built up of individually worked shapes and braids, leaves and petals.

How to identify Honiton lace?

Honiton lace is identified by its technique as well as design. The lace was always made in small motifs which were either attached together or appliqued to net to make the finished article. These motifs were all made in the mid to late 19th century and are all good quality showing typical Honiton floral designs.

Where is Honiton lace made?

Honiton lace, bobbin lace made in England at Honiton, Devonshire, from the 17th century. By Honiton most people, however, mean the lace made there in the 19th century in which strong floral motifs are joined to a net (often spotted) background.

What kind of lace was made in Devon?

Devon’s lace took the name of the dominant town and became known by the generic name “Honiton.” (While all Devon’s lace-making villages produced Honiton lace, in the mid-19th century Branscombe developed its own distinct variety—a tape lace incorporating braids and a needle-point technique.)

What kind of lace is Honiton lace made of?

Honiton lace. Honiton lace is a type of bobbin lace made in Honiton, Devon. Historical Honiton lace designs focused on scrollwork and depictions of natural objects such as flowers and leaves. This wedding dress from 1865 is trimmed with Honiton lace.

How did the Industrial Revolution affect Devon lace?

Queen Victoria’s interest in Honiton lace boosted its popularity, but the introduction of cheap machine lace during the 19th century’s industrial revolution led to a decline in hand production. Machine-made lace flourished particularly in Nottingham and Ireland, but Devon, too, had a part to play.

Where did needle lace and bobbin lace come from?

While some experts say both needle lace and bobbin lace began in Italy in the late 1500s, there is some question about the origins. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used.