We All Make History – Harriet the Lacemaker

This is the story of my incredibly resilient, great-great-grandmother from Bedfordshire, England who was part of a centuries-old tradition of making lace by hand.

Harriet Fuller Pell, likely taken in the 1930s
Harriet’s husband, Joseph Sr. with grandaughter
A few of Harriet’s children: (left to right) Joseph, Henry, Rhoda, and Jane

Sources:

I’m pretty sure everything you’d ever want to know about lacemaking history is here:

https://laceincontext.com/tag/bedfordshire/

The Romance of the Lace Pillow, by Thomas Wright (it’s free!)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924014557122

The intro music is Stay Quiet by Monplaisir and the outro is Pine Apple Rag by Scott Joplin. 

Thanks for listening!

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  1. Danielle, I love your site! What an inspiration to so many who are thinking of tracing their own family lineage. Your photos and background stories give light to a long gone era x

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