Lace Expertise Needed

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I’m doing some much needed cleaning and straightening at my little studio, and in the process I came across this bit of lace that I’d forgotten about.  In fact, I can’t remember where or when I got it.  This is way out of my range of knowledge, so I’m hoping some smart reader will be able to enlighten me on the technique and age of the piece.

This is the back of the piece.  The lace is loosely stitched to net.

And, thanks!


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18 responses to “Lace Expertise Needed

  1. I have absolutely no clue Lizzie, although I’m happy to Tweet and Google+ to spread the word. 🙂


  2. Looks like some Battenburg lace sewn into the design. I have never seen anything like it!


  3. Leslie

    I hope you plan on framing it and putting it behind glass to preserve it. This would probably be better using a professional framer and using archival quality materials. this is a really beautiful and possibly unique piece. Keeping the slightly ripped areas would show the age and not distract from the piece, i think. I wish I could tell you more, but I will tell you what a great find, twice in this case!!


  4. I need to ask my nan, she was an antique lace dealer!


  5. Actually it might be Appenzell lace???


  6. Lynne Bassett

    Appenzell is a type of embroidery, not a type of lace. Looks to me like what you have is an early 20th-century Italian (Venetian) needle lace, probably cut from a larger piece.


  7. Woah!!! I’ve not even seen anything like this! It’s so awesome, like a sculpture, I love it! I wish my gramma were alive, I could ask her, she made lace and smocking and her mom made lace as well. For me, I have no idea.


  8. Teresa

    It’s so delicate and beautiful!


  9. Lynne Bassett

    Hmmm…, how to explain needle lace… It started out as a type of embroidery in the 16th century, working buttonhole stitches over the threads of a woven cloth. Over time, as the style evolved, more and more threads of the cloth were withdrawn before the buttonhole stitches were worked on the remaining fabric, which created a very lacy appearance. (Called “Punto in Aria”–stitches in the air.) Eventually, the woven cloth was dispensed with altogether, and threads were just basted down on a pattern, and the buttonhole stitches were worked over them, building upon themselves to cross the spaces between the foundation threads and thus create “needle lace.” Hope that makes sense!


  10. now that I see it in the bigger pictures it is not Battenburg pieces.
    I await the outcome!


  11. That’s amazing! Such a beautiful piece! My lace knowledge is rather limited – I usually learn specifics when I use something for a project and I’ve never seen anything like this. Definitely worthy of framing.


  12. Barb

    Ask at Lacis Lace Museum; they will know.
    Museum · Professional Services · Add A Category
    2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703
    (510) 843-7290


  13. Barb

    Lacis is a great resource and a wonderful place to while away the day…


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