The history of
lace could fill volumes, but the lace that we recognize today
dates from around the 16th century. Originally developed by European
nuns, the art of lace making rose to very high standards of skill.
The nuns taught their lace making techniques to the pupils of
the convents, who then passed along the knowledge to the peasantry.
A lace making cottage industry was born. Handmade lace was produced
with such toil, skill and patience, that it was beyond the affordability
of all but the wealthiest.
Inspired by the
beautiful lace trims, seen on women's gowns of the 14th through
the 17th century, Renaissance Lace Bracelet evokes a lacelike
style, using a right angle weave variation that I call lattice
weave. Pearl cabochon bezels are linked to each other with seed
beads, creating the center of the bracelet. Two Lattice Weave
strips, made with seed beads, fire polish beads and crystals
are zippered along the edges of the pearl cabochon bezels and
show off what Lattice Weave can do in this beautiful bracelet
Two pearl cabochon beaded buttons add the finishing touches to
this lacey design. The combination is striking!