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Needle lace is also known as needlepoint lace, or just point lace. It is formed by using a needle and thread to stitch hundreds of very small stitches. It originated in Armenia, dating back to the pre-Christian era.
The purest form uses just a needle and thread, but I am initially going to try doing some Battenberg lace. This style, which is also called Renaissance lace, uses variations of buttonhole stitch worked between outlines of narrow tape. The tape is supported in place by tacking it to a backing such as stiff paper. The backing is removed when the work is finished, leaving only the lace.
I have found instructions in my “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft” for a Battenberg lace sampler. It involves laying out an outline grid of narrow tape on a piece of plain material which is laid on a piece of backing paper. The tape is tacked in place through both backing layers and, when the work is finished, the backing paper is removed. This leaves a sampler of 36 different stitches attached to the plain fabric.
I am excited about trying this new project and hope to be able to start it soon. I will post progress updates and photos once I get started.
Armenian lace, a style which quite literally only uses a tapestry needle and thread to create lace, is also something I would like to try. I have watched a couple of YouTube videos recently which featured Armenian lace making, but I have not yet found any written instructions. I will have to check out my local library and see if I can find a suitable book (or books) that I can get some instructions from.
These new inspirations are very exciting, and all I have to do now is find (make!) the time to follow through with them.