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Catherine Barley Needlelace

> On 17 Oct 2016, at 16:23, Jeriames@AOL.
> Thank you Jeri for once again taking the time and trouble to post a lengthy 
> email full of interesting history about lace related facts.  I'm sure that 
> many of us who complain about no longer being able to grow flax fine enough 
> to produce the same beautifully fine linen threads that we all long for, 
> didn't appreciate that none of the flax seeds survived those war years due to 
> contamination of the soil!  Sadly we shall never be able to reproduce lace of 
> such quality but must content ourselves by working with fine cotton thread 
> instead of the superior, extremely fine linen threads available to our 
> predecessors.

Catherine Barley
> To add to explanations about visually disturbing slubs in linen threads  
> produced today for making lace.  AND to add to your understanding  of the 
> history of women in the lace "industry":
> There are books that will supply interesting background information  about 
> the massive destruction during World War I of the areas where flax  was 
> cultivated in Belgium.  Ugly oil from German tanks contaminated the  lands 
> where 
> flax was grown..........
> Jeri Ames in Maine

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