Lace Making

Needle Lace

Photo courtesy of Google 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… Continue reading Needle Lace

Lace Making

The Old and the New

After writing my post on “Rediscovering the art of Tatting”, I went hunting and unearthed the box with my tatting equipment in it. Included amongst the bits and pieces was an old pattern book which belonged to my grandmother (see my photo). Unfortunately I have not been able to locate the shuttle she left me.… Continue reading The Old and the New

Lace Making

Traditional Bobbin Lace

Bobbin lace is woven using pairs of threads wound on bobbins. A variety of designs can be woven using only three basic stitches, the half stitch, the whole stitch, and the twisted whole stitch. It is an old technique dating back to the 15th century. The weaving is done over a full sized pattern mounted… Continue reading Traditional Bobbin Lace

Lace Making

Rediscovering the Art of Tatting

  Tatting is a form of lace making. It is made by forming a pattern of rings and chains using a series of knots and loops. The resulting lace is very durable and more resistant to unravelling. It was developed to imitate point lace. The technique I am familiar with is shuttle tatting. This is… Continue reading Rediscovering the Art of Tatting

Lace Making

Lace Making

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 It was originally made using fine threads of linen, silk, silver or gold.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… Continue reading Lace Making