Arachne's Web Lace Guild
- 1 History
- 2 Categories of Lace
- 3 Ranking within the Guild
- 4 Levels of Expertise
- 5 Members
- 6 More Information
Arachne's Web once existed throughout the Known World. We have no recorded documents from that time, so have created a new guild based on documents from other Kingdoms (where it had not gone extinct). There has been new scholarship since those early days, and we have striven to include this in our new documents.
Categories of Lace
- Bobbin Lace is constructed by plaiting or interlacing several pairs of threads. These threads are initially wound around bobbins. The work is done on a flat surface (or pillow) and is secured with pins. Named bobbin lace types are generally post-period.
- Period sources for patterns include, but are not limited to Le Pompe I&II, Nuw Modelbuk, Elizabeth Parasole.*
- Styles include, but are not limited to plaited lace, leaves & tallies, tape lace, medallions
- Uses include edgings, applique, insertions
- Materials include linen, silk, and metal
- This lace is made by making embroidered holes in a base fabric
- aka: White Work, Pulled Work, Drawn Work
- Pulled lace stitches in period include eyelet, fagot stitch,
- Cutwork stitches in period include buttonhole, nun stitch
- This is made by working embroidery stitches into one another, or on a form using support threads.
- aka: Reticella, Teneriffe, Punto in Aria
- Reticella stitches in period include buttonhole,
- Punto in Aria stitches in period include buttonhole,
- Teneriffe stitches in period include weaving, knot, wheel, loop
Lacis / Filet Lace
- This is done upon a net or woven foundation by embellishing with embroidery. It may also be made by knotting a single thread into netting and creating a pattern as the netting is constructed.
- aka: Buratto, Mezza Mandolina
- Period sources for patterns include, but are not limited to Vinciolo *
- Stitches in period include darning, linen, loop
- This is created by knotting a number of threads.
- This is created by Interlacing warp threads are held rigid on a frame without a weft.
- Work is produced upon a loom. It may be worked either by interlacing the warp threads and holding them in place with the weft or by otherwise creating an openwork fabric.
Lace Tools: Pillows
- This is a new category to the guild to cover hand made bobbin lace pillows. An expanded description will be coming soon.
Lace Tools: Bobbins
- This is a new category to the guild to cover hand made bobbin lace bobbins. An expanded description will be coming soon.
Ranking within the Guild
- The only requirement for membership is an interest in lace and lace making.
- Proposed Badge: Sable, a spider's web Argent
- Breadth Option: Samples of three different kinds of lacework must be submitted to a panel of three judges. (This panel may be made up of Lace Makers or lace Mistresses, with at least 1 Lace Mistress on the panel.) An example could be one each of Reticella, Punto in Aria, and Teneriffe. The applicant will be admitted if the samples display an adequate knowledge of the techniques.
- Depth Option: Samples of three types of the same kind of lacework using different patterns and stitches must be submitted to a panel of 3 judges. (This panel may be made up of Lace Makers or lace Mistresses, with at least 1 Lace Mistress on the panel.) An example could be 3 samples of bobbin lace of different patterns possibly including plaited lace, leaves & tallies, and feathers on separate pieces, or different materials including linen, silk, and metal.
- Duties: The duties of a Lace Maker are to help instruct the Apprentices, to assist in judging submitted work, and to promote interest in laces. Any Lace Maker may sponsor a competition on behalf of the Guild if the Guild Mistress (Master) as been informed and there is no objection.
- Proposed Badge: An argent spider is added to the badge.
Lace Mistress (Master)
- Breadth Option: This is a member who knows how to do at least four forms of lacework well and can produce excellent pieces in two. Pieces should be different from the ones used for the Lacemaker panel, and should be slightly more complex, demonstrating improved evenness and tension. This member should be able to tell the difference between period and post-period styles/stitches.
- Depth Option: This is a member who knows how to do at least four pieces with differing styles of a form of lacework well and can produce excellent pieces in two. Pieces should be different from the ones used for the Lacemaker panel and should be slightly more complex, demonstrating improved evenness and tension. This member should be able to tell the difference between period and post-period styles/stitches.The candidate shall have taught within the Society and served the Guild as a judge. Completed samples, appropriately finished, will be submitted for judging to a panel versed in the respective techniques submitted. (If there is a question as to judging service, Guild records may be supplied by the Guild Mistress. Samples of students' work may be used as proof of teaching if it was one-to-one rather than a formal class).
- Duties: A Lace Mistress (Master) shall assist the Guild Mistress in teaching and coordinating lace making classes, judging submitted work, and sponsoring competitions. In addition, articles for publications are encouraged.
- Proposed Badge: The badge can now be trimmed or set in Argent.
- This position may be held by someone of Lace Maker or Lace Mistress (Master) rank.
- Duties: The duties are to maintain all records of judging panels, classes, special projects and members. The Principal is also responsible for selection of panels to examine the work of applicants for lace Maker and submitting work from Lace Mistress (Master) candidates to appropriate judges. IF these must be sent to another Kingdom, she (he) will be responsible for their distribution.
- The Guild Mistress is responsible for organizing classes and coordinating help for apprentices. In addition, a personal, written progress report to the Queen will also be submitted at least once each reign. It is the responsibility of the Guild Mistress (Master) to coordinate the finishing of handkerchiefs to be presented to the incoming Queen upon her Coronation. (Note: Other handkerchiefs and lace pieces may be done by members, at the discretion of the guild Mistress, for the Queen to use as largesse.)
- As the Guild grows, deputies may be appointed for individual regions within the East Kingdom. These deputies will be appointed by the Guild Mistress (Master).
- The Guild Mistress will select her (his) successor, mindful of the good and harmony of the Order. At the pleasure of the Queen, the transfer will take place at Kingdom Court and will be announced in The Pikestaff.
- Proposed Badge: Guild Mistress (Master) [and past office holders] will wear an appropriate level badge surrounded by a border Or.
Levels of Expertise
Within the guild, members are awarded various levels of competency in their craft. This section will be expanded in short time.
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