Date: Tuesday, July 15, 1958
Place: Brussels, Cologne, Germany
Talk about well-organized trips! Went shopping after breakfast and I got this darling sack dress (cost not listed) that Judy H. and I saw at Paul Emy’s last night. We went back to the hotel for Sue, and then we three and John went to Maria Loix’s for lace. I got a darling blue bridge set, and a bun holder, also six place mats and napkins for Mom (all for $28.00). (I may have to send home for more money – good luck!)
After lunch, Sue and I went back to the World’s Fair and went up to the top of the Atomium, and then had a soda. We were to be back at the hotel at 5:00, but we got on the wrong tram and were on it for an hour. We didn’t get back til 6:00, but the bus was late, what luck! We just made the 6:30 train.
The craft of Brussels lace originated in and around Brussels during the 16th century. The lace was made of fine linen thread, which was created from flax. Belgium was an ideal location for the cultivation of flax due to its climate, soil, and terrain.
Brussels lace specifically refers to bobbin lace – this technique involves manipulating thread that is wound on bobbins. A pattern of pins is secured on a pillow and thread is twisted around the pins to create the lace. Due to high demand, the lace was traditionally made by local women and a single piece could be completed by more than one person.