Needlelace Identification History


Needlelace Identification History

What kind of needle lace is this?  For discussions of needle lace history, and how to identify particular regional/period styles of needlelace.  Distinguish different types of needle lace, different kinds of needle lace.

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Best Books and Websites to Learn Needle Lace identification

Santina Levey LACE

Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE 1991

Fulvia Lewis LACE 1980

Clare Browne's 'Lace' (V&A, 2004)  available from the museum directly

Discussion of different kinds of lace, of which needlelace is only one: 

Laces compared:

A university based website specializing in the interface of archives, textiles, social history ; 

Many examples: ;

Descriptions of the different styles, needle and bobbin -

My  pinboards of antique needle lace:   

Please add comment below if you have another suggestion.

Discussion Forum

A group of needle laces to identify 1 Reply

A new member of laceioli has recently sent in some photos of needle laces, and she wants some help in identifying them. So I am asking needlelacetalk members to take a look and add comments either…Continue

Tags: antique needle lace

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Teri Dow Apr 24, 2016.

Identification- Point Plat de Venise perhaps? 2 Replies

I have looked at several reference books and pictures online.  Would this mat be Point Plat de…Continue

Tags: Point Plat de Venise, needlelace, needlelace mat, Identification

Started by Lagartija. Last reply by Lagartija Feb 9, 2016.

First of 2 antique needle lace pieces in search of ID 18 Replies

Here's another piece also found here in France. My wild guess would be an early example of Gros Point or something similar???? It measures roughly 18" x 5"All suggestions will be much…Continue

Started by deborah greenfield. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Feb 10, 2014.

Second of 2 pieces of antique Italian needle lace in search of ID please 3 Replies

Hello experts, Here's a piece found in France. Here are my guesses (but I really don't know very much about lace as yet:) : I believe this piece is Italian needle lace but I'm not sure what kind…Continue

Tags: hunting, scene, lace, needle, italian

Started by deborah greenfield. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Feb 3, 2014.

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Comment by Sandra Popek on December 13, 2018 at 8:28am

Can you tell me if this is machine made, because it had that band on the top of it?  Thank you, SandraA.jpg

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 11, 2018 at 6:10pm

A university based website focusing on the social history attached to lace making.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 13, 2016 at 7:51pm

What a pretty piece. It won't enlarge though, to see more closely, but it looks like needlelace.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 13, 2016 at 5:22pm

I was looking through the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago for something else, but came across this. I think it is needle lace. They say 1620-1630. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 7, 2015 at 10:42pm

Wow! Thanks for that link. There is some spectacular lace to drool over!!!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 7, 2015 at 3:57pm

Some spectacular antique needle laces from a display at the IOLI convention, photoed by Arlene Cohen. I think one piece is Youghal, but am not sure about the others. Can anybody identify them?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 18, 2015 at 9:13pm

Pretty pieces. I especially like the butterfly.  Hard to see if it is worked halas style, or whether a cordonette is, or will be, worked .

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 18, 2015 at 3:13pm

Needle lace in process. Photo taken at Lepoglava, Croatia lace festival by Igor Beros. Not the typical Pag style, looks like western European with the cordonnet outline. Possibly Halas style? Can't see close up enough.

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Comment by Yolande on December 24, 2013 at 4:49am

Thank you very much for your specifaications Lorelei. This confirms what I suspected about this lace collar. And you are not seeing things, there are buttonhole stitches over the little twigs and the petals.

I'll try and wash it carefully, then stock it as you recommend. After all, to me it is family "souvenir" and therefore precious.

Sorry for the delay in replying. I had the flu!

Comment by Desideria Desjardins on December 16, 2013 at 9:12am

I just want to thank everyone for their contributions, and Yolande for passing my question along to this forum. I did not know anything about lace until I started researching for this piece, and I did not have a great deal of time to look into it, so your help was very much appreciated! 


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