Passementerie; or, early lace-making at the Perth Medieval Fayre

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Passementerie; or, early lace-making at the Perth Medieval Fayre


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A woman demonstrating the art of passementerie at the Perth Medieval Fayre. This practice evolved from braiding and was used to make narrow trimmings and decorations for finishing clothing, altarpieces, and furnishings. It was also one of two methods used to handcraft lace (called ‘bobbin’, ‘bone’ or ‘pillow’ lace). A pattern is marked out on the parchment with pins, and each separate thread is wound onto a bobbin. The threads are then passed over and interlaced with each other to form the pattern.

The Perth Medieval Fayre is organised and run by the Western Australian Medieval Alliance. In 2011 it was held at Supreme Court Gardens on 19 March. Enthusiasts and vendors showcased a range of medieval arts and crafts, from dancing, calligraphy and lace-making to demonstrations of the techniques, weaponry and apparel of medieval combat.


McEwan, Joanne


19 March 2011


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