This is the first page of the first cloth book of old lace. The pages are black dupion silk, which is helping to show the detail of the lace. I do like it when fabrics help each other like this.
Some of the lace has seen better days. It is very elderly and rather frail, but the silk holds it well. I know that some people might say this piece (above) is too damaged to be of any use or value. In terms of monetary value, it probably isn’t worth much at all. But in terms of its life history, its personality, its past and its memories, I think it borders on priceless. There is not another single piece of lace in the world that is exactly the same as this, with its lines and wrinkles and tears. It survived two world wars. A grand old lady, if ever there was one.