21 April 2017

Stumped?????

Judith came over two days ago for a LONG awaited play date. She had gone to an auction and won a bid on lace making things. This was in the lot and we can only guess what is was used for. If you think you know or want to make a guess, leave a comment.


Like real scientist (haha) we rolled some pieces of printer paper. If we were REAL researcher we would have tried cloth or even damp cloth.


Can you guess?


10 comments:

  1. Is it just a backing to pin into?

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  2. I have a mental image of pleated organdy, but not sure how it would keep the shape. Very interesting, though!

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  3. Fascinating Beth!
    I used to make lace but I've never seen anything like this!

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  4. I wonder if it has anything to do with baking.

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  5. Is it a fluting iron? Doesn't look like metal, though.

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    1. It's relatively small and wooden

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  6. For smocking, I bet. On little girls' dresses and delicate under garments.
    Diane

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    1. That was what I was thinking too. I wonder how they got the creases to stay, even for a while. Maybe wet the fabric.

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  7. What do you think about starching the fabric as a way to have the creases dry "in". Back in the day starching was pretty routine...

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    1. I like the idea of starch and smocking. Prbably what is was used for.

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