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The Story of Ipswich Lace, a Unique American Craft of the Early Republic
*NORTHERN THREADS SERIES*

Recorded on November 15, 2022

What do Alexander Hamilton and bobbin lace have in common? Did you know that the only place in the US where handmade lace was a cottage industry was in Ipswich MA in the 18th century? In this talk, members of the New England Lace Group discuss historic samples of lace from Ipswich MA, methods used to recreate the lace, their research on the origins of this cottage industry, and how they bring its history to life for today’s textile aficionados.