Or MacNamara's Lace, or.....
Looking for any pictures that someone may have of some McNamara Lace.
So far, I've found exactly ONE pic (at the IGKT site) and it's not what I was looking for... so any of us who may have pictures of wallbags, curtains, bagtops or whatever made or decorated with McNamara lace, I'd 'preciate a copy thereof for a tutorial I'm doing up.
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I have the entire library of ALL Hands now on disks. Have seen more than a few photos with Navy McNamara Lace projects. May take a bit but will start looking thru.
Incidentally, have scored 11' of 3" 4-strand cored manila hawser so as soon as I can (May or June?) I'll start that pointing thing!
I posted a thread over at USCG: Boatswain's Mate forum and got a "Gee, never heard of that stuff before" reply, so for the edification of those younger than Cap'n Ahab (and me), here's a nicely done example, although the picture doesn't show any real detail.
That's a canvas top with the warps removed, then the small (teeny!) pattern is four rows of squareknots as a border, then the McNamara lacing starts. I'm not quite sure how the "gathers" were dons, I suspect by larger and larger squareknots until all were collected into a point and then the ball and fringe detail was made up (an entirely separate and equally difficult art!). The whole would have been a decorative detail around a bulkhead door or the top of a Mate's sleeping bunk, or.... just done for the hell of it.
Anyway, that's one form of McNamara's lace.
(Photo purloined from Dan Callahan's "Alaska Museum of Knot tying" ...a wonder place to kill three or four days going thru on line!)
Taking some digging around, but a start.
More from ALL HANDS. Ahhh the 70s, but traditional
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Hey, I thought this thread was about MacNamara's lace!!!
Oh, it took a couple minutes, but I see it now.
I was only checking the articles.
A few more items,
Just as an aside, is that collection of "All Hands" on CD's available anywhere? It'd be a super addition to any old Swabbie's library!
MastersMate, THANKS! The last one was exactly the sort of thing I was looking to find: it shows five points in one post: how to rig it, how to hold the wefts, how to tie it, finished product close up, height-to-eye for best work and how feckin' young we used to was...
But I'm confused... I just don't remember helmsmen being THAT cute when I was in... you sure we was in the same Navy? If not, I wanna re-up in YOURS!
On the off chance that some of youse live in the Maryland area, there'll be a meeting of some traditional knotters at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, MD on Dec 4th and 5th. AFAIK, it's free to the public, so if you're around the area, "Dew Droppe Inne" and visit us! Many of the knotters there will be ex-mil (mostly USN, but at least one USCG) and we'd love to meet and greet folks from these forums.
We'll have at leat one lad who is threatening to teach how to to McNamara's Lace!
(As an added incentive, the Ladies may want to come out for the "Midnite Madness" sales at the Shops of St. Michael's that weekend... high end, to be sure, but some really, REALLY great items and prices.
Hope to see at least a few of you "in the flesh", finally!
Look for the table marked either "Frayed Knot Arts" or "That idjiit from the Forum"!
I couldn't tell you how many miles my chief and I made of this stuff! It's not difficult you just have to be consistant with thread count.
Well this thread seems to have gone the way of Kelsoe's Gonads.
Removing my notification.
If YOU have any information on doing, designs for, pictures of or stray bottles of *****r's Rum, contact me!!
If I can be of help to anyone with fancywork, either doing or questions, don't hesitate to ask me BY EMAIL frayedknotarts (at) gmail (dot)com
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