An extensive web site (over 2,200 pages so far) has been under development since 2009. Publication is expected, well, I’m now estimating sometime in 2013. Specialized topics will include:
- Documentation of my entire collection of lace (about 450 pieces), and lacemaking equipment, including documentation of various exhibitions where my lace has been shown.
- Over 400 examples of lace-related stamps.
- Over 500 lace-related postcards, arranged and researched by publisher.
- Approximately 100 lacemaking figures sorted according to country of origin.
- As many examples of numismatic material that I can find, including coins, medals, paper money, etc., with a lace theme.
- The care of lace and associated items for the collector.
- Lace photography: technical notes and history, including reproduction of most of the early 20th century large format portfolios of lace photographs.
- A searchable lace bibliography, including author biographies. The bibliography includes books, articles in publications, music, and videos.
- Organization of all the past Ebay Alerts from the LaceNews Blog into a historical price index for appraisers and collectors. This is a database that is about 4 times larger than the items that actually get written up for the Alerts.
- Information on professional and amateur educational opportunities in the textile arts with lace as a specialty. This includes suggestions for thesis topics.
- Lace Grand Challenges: Identification of , and progress on the major, unsolved questions in the field of lace study. For example: Duplicate the very fine handspun, bleached linen lace thread which first appeared in the late 17th-early 18th centuries.
- A comprehensive resource for information on historical exhibitions (e.g., World’s Fairs), manufacturers, schools, retailers, and famous collectors. Primarily illustrated by surviving ephemera, catalogs and books.
- One thing I’m thinking about is listing sites intended to be permanent web resources. This is very difficult due to the persistence of such sites. Here one day, gone the next. This also affects bibliographies, how does one include bibliographic information that is posted on the web?
- And more.
I am looking for beta testers for the site, if you are interested write a note to email@example.com. Thanks!