Thank you, broadcaster Jo Andrews, for co-ordinating such a satisfying Haptic & Hue podcast on 'The Long and Winding Road of Lace'. Although none of us involved - Christchurch historian Mike Andrews, Cape Town artist Pierre Fouche and New York lace researcher Elena Kanagy-Loux - knew what the other would be saying, Jo's skilful editing showed we were all speaking from the same hymn sheet. It fell to me to talk about some of lace's history although I'm no historian, I've just bought and read all the lace history books since I entered lacemaking in 1975. But I have not re-read them for a while, since my focus on using lace as an art form keeps me busy enough. It came home to me during our interview how much my understanding has been broadened over the years by the conversations I've had with Denise Watts during our long friendship. I particularly recommend H J Yallop's 'The History of the Honiton Lace Industry' (1992) for its carefully docu
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Broadcaster Jo Andrews traversing Christchurch Harbour on her way to record the lace episode for her Haptic and Hue podcast series Tales of Survival. Sunny weather set the mood for a fascinating day, capturing local historian Mike Andrews' smuggling yarns and quizzing me on lace history and my own part in its modern revival.