Highlights – Lacemakers


In the Kitchener Collection are over a dozen photographs of local lacemakers.

They include:

  • Isabella Dowdy, age 77, making a lace tea-cloth
  • Harriet Ann Cooper, age 73, making “spider lace”. The narrowest lace, called “ninepin”, would earn 4d a yard – wider lace, twelve pin or “spider”, could earn 7d a yard (see Olney and District Historical Society)
Isabella Dowdy, age 77. making a lace tea-cloth

Isabella Dowdy, age 77

Harriet Ann Cooper, age 73, making

Harriet Ann Cooper, age 73

The full set of photographs of lacemakers is here.