The invention of lace has no definitive date or definitive maker, but it is thought to have become available, especially to clergy, sometime during the early 16th century. Lace in the early 16th century was mostly used for costumes and religious ceremonial gowns. There are earlier references made to lace, especially in 15th century English texts, but the primary meaning of lace in the 15th century would have been ties. In it’s early days lace was created with needle and single thread (needle lace) and multiple threads (bobbin lace). As lace started to be traded around mid- 16th century it made it’s way across Europe. Handmade delicately sewn lace showed up on raised collars, gloves, hats, shoe roses and sashes. Eventually work once done by hand was soon taken over by machine and the downfall of lace’s popularity began. Lace still shows up all over in my home in the form of dresser scarves and doilies, curtains and pillow covers- some handmade and others, though simply beautiful, made by machine. What do you think about lace? Can it make a comeback or ? I’ll be sharing this post over at Rooted in Thyme for the 227th Simple & Sweet Friday with Stan & Jody!