Collections, Day One - Teneriffe Lace

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I recently — and by “recently” I mean “my first day was last Friday” — became a volunteer in the Collections department at the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA. I’m helping to describe pieces of the museum’s collection, which then get entered into the museum database.

For the day’s project, we took down a half-examined box of Teneriffe and Nanduti lace, which was exciting right off the bat since I’d never encountered it! I was enchanted by the variations in texture (and very occasionally color) that the lacemakers achieved in the circular patterns. Luckily I’m full up on new crafts at the moment or I’d be making myself a little Teneriffe loom right now instead of writing this blog post.

Tenerife Lace - via Wikimedia Commons
We haven’t yet taken photos of the pieces at the museum, so here is a photo sample of Teneriffe lace from Wikimedia Commons provided by Joedkins. (Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.)

Regarding spelling: the spelling of “Teneriffe” appears to be something that varies; the origin island’s name is “Tenerife”, so I see that spelling online as much as I see the other. For my sanity’s sake, I’m going with what I’m writing on the description forms.

While we were plugging away at descriptions, a woman came in with a box of donations that included some beautiful embroidery from France. I wish I could show you! Perhaps one day after they have been categorized and photographed. :)

I also got to help set up the knitted lace for the e-book release party of The Lacy Kniitting of Mary Schiffmann by Nancy Nehring. It was a delight to handle these pieces and learn about Mary! The book is modeled after her 10-week lace knitting class and is available from Interweave. (I’m not a selling affiliate [yet]; just pointing the way towards something that delighted me.)

I have a great deal of appreciation for those before me who preserved these art forms so that people like me could stumble blindly into loving them, all while never realizing the work and dedication it took to have them available in the first place. Fiber may not have been a large part of my past, but I am grateful that it is open to me now.

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