Another new idea that appeals to drawn-thread workers is the making of lace from string. It somewhat resembles applique and stained glass, although it has the characteristics of lace. It is in reality an evolution of old Italian Point, and was originated at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. The name of Pratt Point was given to it, and the art is taught in the classes for needle point lace held at the Institute.
Instead of the outline being in thread or braid, as in Italian Needle Point, the design is surrounded by Manila cord.
The method followed in making Pratt Point can very readily be understood by examining the illustration of a table-centre.
Pratt Point-An Evolution Of Old Italian Point Lace.
The design is stamped on heavy paper, which is backed with muslin, then it is outlined with a Manila cord in a size proportionate to the article to be ornamented; this is held in place with fine stitches matching the colour of the cord; the spaces between the design are filled in with some of the numerous lace stitches used in Italian Point.
Coloured flax threads are employed for making these, so that the work presents the rich and beautiful appearance of leaded glass, and tones with the natural colour of the Manila cord. In some cases the cord is covered entirely with buttonhole stitch, while in many cases threads at intervals only partly conceal the cord. When the work is finished, the paper is torn off the muslin, and the centre, whether of washing material or cloth, is neatly sewn in the open space; the muslin, of course, is afterwards cut away.
The insertion for the curtain is made separately, and is afterward let into the curtain when entirely completed.
The oblong centre is ornamented at one corner with Pratt Point, while the rest of the centre is finished in embroidery, harmonizing with the colours introduced in the corner decoration. 12
On examining this illustration, it will be noticed that a great variety of stitches are introduced; these are more readily learned when making a large piece of work of this class than they would be when making fine lace, and the results are much more decorative. A good worker in Pratt Point invariably becomes a good lace-maker.