The finished work of a lacemaker endures as a signature of accomplishment and a reflection of character and beauty within the artist. Finely-wrought lace is a lovely example of an artist's natural talent and acquired skills. Lacemaking brings to the world a sample of such craftsmanship.
The lace shown in the upper left design was created by Ruth Maxwell of Dearborn, Michigan, and is an example of the 'Buck's point' style.
The lower left design features a 'mixed technique' appliqué by Leslie K. Saari of Cadillac, Michigan, and the mixed technique appliqué in the upper right design was crafted by Mary McPeek of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The lower right design features 'Honiton' style lace created by Trenna Ruffner of Grosse Point Park, Michigan.
The Postal Service issued this block of four commemorative stamps in 1987. They were designed by Libby Theil of Bryans Road, Maryland, based on the creations of four Michigan lacemakers.