This gorgeous lace is from Marla, a tatting and crochet lacemaker in Boise, Idaho, who contacted me recently about patterns. She found a picture online of what she liked, and recreated it without a pattern. Saving an older pattern from extinction is a great idea! She’s calling it “Deseret Rose”, because it reminds her of rosettes.
With older lace patterns, you sometimes can’t find the original. Often lace patterns in the old days were passed from sister to sister with samples rather than written words. I have a sample binder in my lace collection that has notes and bits from my previous projects. It’s a great way to remember what you did before in case you want to do it again. Writing patterns out can be difficult. I always save a sample of my laces, that way if the pattern is lost, you still have it.
This pattern is a good one for altar lace because it is light and airy without being fragile. It has a lot of connections, not a lot of large holes, and it’s beautiful. It also has a nice gentle scalloped edge which I personally like quite a bit.
Marla’s Deseret Rose Lace is made in size 3o, white thread. This is her updated photo, now at 71 motifs:
This is an unfinished lace, when it is washed and blocked, it will be stunning. It’s already gorgeous. Beautiful!