Exquisite heavily ruffled vintage hand crochet filet lace round table doily, 15" in diameter, done with white crochet thread with pink crochet lace trim along the outside edge. Excellent condition, with no tears, stains or other damage to note. We believe is called FILET LACE with a center point that the filet lace cascades away from. Handmade with great attention to detail. We know this to be from an estate, and therefore can date this to the time the decedent was crocheting. (c. 1950's)
The old needle-made laces are labor intensive, and are rarely made today. Lacis should not be confused with the filet lace interpretations copied by bobbins, crochet, and embroidery on fabric. Filet is an ancient lace technique, sometimes referred to as nun's work because it was known to be made in convents.
Lace history and lace identification books show wonderful examples of Lacis from as early as the 14th C. One of the earliest references to this work is a cushion of network that St. Paul's Cathedral possessed in 1295, and three pieces of the same work were in use in Exeter Cathedral in 1327.
"Filet" is the French word for a net, and "Lacis" for network - meaning in this case that the net has been ornamented with a design darned or applied upon its surface. The ground consisted of a delicate network made by hand, using the same technique as was used for making coarser fish and garden nets. On this ground the pattern was worked, usually by darning; the "point de toile" and the "point de reprise" being the stitches most generally employed.
This crochet lace table doily is in extremely good vintage condition, with no stains or spots, no damage that we can find. Ready to use, display or give as as a beautiful hostess gift. Measures 15" in diameter.
A1925 - Vintage HAND-CROCHET FILET LACE ROUND TABLE DOILY WHITE with PINK TRIM 15" Diameter
$6.00 (First Class Mail)