Last summer, I had the pleasure of spending some time looking into Lefkara lace, which is a cutwork, drawn thread, and hand embroidered lace originating from Cyprus. You’ll find three previous articles here on Needle ‘n Thread about Lefkara lace: Lefkara Lace from Cyprus, More Lefkara Lace and Resources, and Lefkara Lace Up Close, if you’re interested in reading a little bit about it.
I intended to revisit Lefkara lace during the year, but haven’t had the opportunity to. I did manage a book or two on the subject, but I’ve yet to try the techniques out. I’ve also managed to “accidentally” purchase some vintage “Lefkara-style” linens – I doubt they’re from the original town in Cyprus, and in fact, they are certainly not as well made or beautiful as the linens seen in the various photos in the articles mentioned above, or shown in the videos on Lefkara lace.
Yesterday, I was pleased to see an excellent article on The Textile Blog, titled “The Future Opportunities of Hand Production.” Definitely worth reading!
John highlighted this video hosted on Vimeo, about Lefkara lace and the future of the hand-made lace industry in Lefkara. I thought you would enjoy seeing the video, too:
I dream of going to places like Cyprus and learning first hand from wizened ladies who know so well their craft!
If you have a moment, jump over to the Textile Blog and read John Hopper’s article – it’s a thought-provoking article.
Finally, feel free to share your thoughts on the subject of the future of hand-made below. It could generate an interesting discussion!!
Enjoy your Saturday!