I can't resisting one more brag by posting a better photo of my charity shop find - anyone know who made this? It's a good bit of work!
Follow up of 11th April 2013:
As a follow up to that and upon being presented with actual live evidence, it appears what I have here is needlelace! Bah! Foiled!
Nevermind - still incredibly cool!
And you are all still jealous!