Lace can be made using a number of different techniques. It was originally made using fine threads of linen, silk, silver or gold. Today it is most commonly made from cotton, although it is also possible to get linen and silk thread. Machine made lace is often synthetic.
Bobbin lace is made using a cushion and pairs of bobbins. It can range in complexity from simple edging or bookmarks, to extremely intricate pieces using large numbers of bobbins.
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Needle lace, as the name suggests, is made using a needle and thread. Hundreds of small stitches form the lace. Some types can be made more quickly than bobbin lace, but others take a lot longer. Purists see it as the pinnacle of lace making.
Cutwork lace includes Broderie Anglaise. It is made by removing small pieces in a woven fabric, then binding the resulting holes, or filling them with embroidery. It is related to drawn thread work.
There are two variations of tape lace. Mixed tape lace usually uses machine made tape and various needle lace fillings. Bobbin lace makes the tape at the same time as the lace.
Lace can also be crocheted or knitted. Knotted lace includes macramé and tatting.
Lace evolved from other techniques so it is not possible to pinpoint where and when it originated. In the late 16th century there was a rapid development in lace. Bobbin lace and needle lace became dominant in both fashion and home décor.
My interest lies in bobbin lace, crochet and tatting. These are the areas I will focus on, but I may look at other techniques as well. It is always stimulating to try something new.