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 kaye greenhallgh on February 1, 2013 at 12:01pm

here is the museum site:

Comment by kaye greenhallgh on February 1, 2013 at 11:57am

whoops       my country bumkin newsletter

Comment by kaye greenhallgh on February 1, 2013 at 11:55am

I received my country bumkin . there was mention of a museum in

Germany that will  be closing on march 1 due to lack of funds some of the work dates back 400 years. I'm not German but my son spent a lot of time their and fly's back as much as possible

." Sabine Taterra about a museum in Celle, Germany, called The Sampler Museum that  will be permanently closing due to lack of funding. This amazing museum houses a world class collection of samplers,

Comment by Lorelei Halley on October 25, 2012 at 4:08pm

Does anyone know if this article is available online?

Rixon, Angharad: A fault in the thread? North American Textile Conservation Conference,
Conference Preprints, Philadelphia, 2002

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 11, 2012 at 2:26pm

To our history experts: please look and comment.

It is a piece of gros point.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 23, 2012 at 4:53pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 29, 2012 at 3:54pm

Heloooo Historians -----

Please post notes with your recommendations of good and reliable needle lace historians, or books which cover it, so I can add them to the list above.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 29, 2012 at 3:49pm

I don't think a definitive list exists anywhere.  But several books have been written which explain parts of it.

Pat Earnshaw's NEEDLELACE 1991 explains the major laces of Venice, France and Flanders.

Fulvia Lewis LACE 1980 has enlarged photos of needle and bobbin laces from western Europe.  And, of course, Santina Levey, listed above.  I am not familiar with French or German authors on the same subjects, but they probably exist.

Personally I would divide needlelaces into 2 broad categories. Firstly the high fashion laces of western Europe and Italy, which use the couched cordonnet outline as the backbone of the lace.  And secondly, the knotted laces of the eastern Mediterranean, which include puncetto, Armenian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Chebka.  This latter group is distinct in that it is worked freehand with no skeleton.

I would definitely recommend that you purchase the Earnshaw, and try to find a library copy of Santina Levey.

Comment by emily brailsford on March 29, 2012 at 5:59am

has anyone put together a definitive list of types of needle lace???


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