This is a fascinating read, about gold thread and very early laces, and attempts at reproducing lace using preserved fragments in old garments. I think it was given by Christine Prentis, who worked with Jenny Tiramani in her research into the structure of garments preserved at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I heard a lecture given by Christine several years ago in England. She was showing how she figured out some workable reproductions of lace patterns by studying costumes and telling about working with a chap in London who was recreating gold thread using original methods.
Phil In Maitland