The Sunday Class
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NOTTINGHAM LACE (R96)  Sq.Set Jenny Bradley  Nottingham Lace PART 1  1- 8 All dance ½ Chain & set to partners, ¾ turn RH to end with Ladies in centre for LH across  9-12 Ladies dance LH across ½ way while Men dance ¼ way round clockwise, Ladies ½ turn nearest Man RH 13-16 Men dance LH across ½ way while Ladies dance ¼ way round clockwise & all turn partners RH 17-24 All repeat bars 9-16 to original places PART 2 25-32 1L & 3M change places RH, cast behind 4s & change places RH to join end of line while 1M & 3L dance similarly behind 2s, all set 33-40 All Adv+Ret, 1s+2L+4M also 3s+2M+4L circle 4H round to left to end in line across (1s & 3s in centre of line) 41-48 All Adv+Ret, circle 8H round ½ way to end in Sq.Set opposite to original places PART 3 49-72 Repeat PART 2 with 2s & 4s as dancing couples, all ending in original places PART 4 73-96 Repeat PART 1
In 1589 William Lee of Calverton (a village about 8 miles northeast of Nottingham), developed a framework knitting machine which enabled high volumes of lace to be manufactured. Frame workers wished to imitate more closely the twisted pillow laces and in 1809 John Heathcoat patented a frame which twisted together threads to form lace net. With the introduction of steam power in the 1800s the production of Chantilly and other luxury weaves brought an economic boom to the district. Over 130 factories were based in the Lace Market along with a population of 50,000. Of the many different twist frames following the Heathcoat bobbin net machine, the most important was that invented in Nottingham in 1913 by John Levers. Lace was a symbol of high fashion, good living and well-dressed homes. From the beginnings of the industry until the end of the 20th century, at least 99% of the lace and net made in Britain passed through Nottingham. It was only natural that lace made on machines in Britain came to be called "Nottingham Lace" with the largest buyer of Nottingham Lace being North America. In addition to the lace manufactures, the Nottingham machine builders built 99% of the world's twist lace machines and many of the warp lace machines. In the USA the lace-curtain machine was simply called "The Nottingham Lace Machine."