Lace Discrimination

Echo Clipping 1987

Set; Mrs McDonald, left, with Barbara Smith, Iris Hannan and Lorraine Carter.

Nimble fingers twist and twine threads as fine as a hair in the delicate art of lace-making. The ladies are dedicated to a skill passed down through the ages that survives despite machinery which produces lace by yards in minutes. It takes a good lace-maker like Mrs Sue McDonald, of Laars Avenue, Canvey, a day to complete one inch of bobbin lace.  Now she teaches at Canvey Heritage Centre. She and some of her class demonstrated to a fascinated public at the centre.

Also displaying his skills was Leo Johnson, of West Crescent, Canvey. He engraves glasses and bottles.

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