> The reason? I cannot make a leap of extrapolation that documentable
evidence that one order of nuns worked repairs to netting with a large
hook in the late 16th century with what we would now identify as a
crochet hook is evidence that they made lace, too.
I have to agree with that, primarily because I've run into a technique
which was called the very same name as another completely different
one: sprang. What we commonly think of as sprang is a net of twisted
threads. Interestingly, I have at least one or two articles on an
Icelandic altarpiece which has what the author calls sprang. The only
problem is that the 'sprang' in this case is more akin to embroidery.
Just because it has the same name, doesn't mean the item is the same
as what we use to day.