Educational film showing various processes involved in making lace by machine.
British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film.
Designs are created and drafted. Men at drawing boards and easels paint and draw designs. A man "reads" the designs with a loom-like machine that he works with his feet. Another man operates a machine for punching cards. C/U of the needles punching holes in cards. A machine takes threads to a machine, C/U of the bobbins moving as thread is pulled from them. Threads are wound on to wooden spools. A woman tends to the machine.
Brass bobbins are wound and fitted to carriages for weaving. A young boy performs this part of the operation. C/Us of machinery in operation. We see the punched cards being pulled through a machine. C/Us of vast amount of bobbins. We see the lace as it is being made on the machine. A roll of lace curtaining is removed from the machine.
Curtaining is then examined, mended and divided into widths. Women check the curtaining and mend areas by stitching them. The curtaining is bleached, dyed, stretched to width and dried. Top shot of machinery. Strange shot of a worker standing on a pile of fabric using a stick to guide swathes of fabric which are being pulled off the pile by various machines. Men at work pouring water on to fabric being pulled through hot water.
Women examining and mending the lace. Material folded and packed. Shot of the finished lace. A woman climbs a stepladder to hang some lace curtains.
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