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

What is this lace on doll’s bridal veil? 5 Replies

Hello! I’m new to this website and group and thank you for accepting my request. I have found some old doll clothes and other lace items from my great grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress and…Continue

Started by Diana Fawcett. Last reply by Diana Fawcett Jun 29, 2020.

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.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 25, 2021 at 8:39pm

That piece from the Rijksmuseum is fantastic. Wow.

This other lot of photos are amazing too. Many thanks for the links. 

This is an Amazing craft, and so many variations of lace to suit every taste, - and ability!  I am SO glad I am a Lacemaker!! (Not up to the standard of some of these wonderful pieces, but at least I know enough to Fully appreciate the craft!!!)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 25, 2021 at 5:23pm

Check out the laces of a man and a woman on this site.

I don't know what kind of needlelace, but it is marvelous. Look at her PHOTOS.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 24, 2020 at 7:27pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 22, 2019 at 4:50pm

A site with lace identification information. Looks quite good.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 30, 2019 at 7:50pm

Question: is this guy being original, or is this something that has been done before? 

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 24, 2018 at 6:15pm

You are welcome. Happy New Year.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 23, 2018 at 8:48am

Lorelei, Thank for always being there to answer my questions. I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sandra

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 23, 2018 at 12:33am

I think it is an embroidery, of a type called "drawn thread work". It starts with a woven cloth, then substantial numbers of vertical threads are withdrawn & removed according to a specific pattern. Then horizontal threads are drawn out. This leaves substantial empty spaces which can be filled with various embroidered lattices and stitches. The stitches used are very similar (often made in exactly the same way) to those used in filet lace (handmade square knotted net). Many of the stitches are also used in Hardanger and reticella. So all these forms borrow ideas from each other: reticella, filet, drawn thread work.

In German drawn thread work is divided into 2 kinds -- Durchbruch and Doppel Durchbruch. Durchbruch has threads withdrawn from the woven fabric in only one direction. But Doppel Durchbruch has both horizontal and vertical threads removed. In their terminology your piece would be called Doppel Durchbruch. I can't think of any English terminology which makes the distinction so clear.

This pinterest board shows mostly examples with threads withdrawn in one direction only.

This one is mostly examples with threads withdrawn in both directions. I'm not really happy with the terminology, myself. I'd like more clarity and agreement.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 22, 2018 at 9:38am

Can a member tell me what kind of lace the picture I am posting on this message is?  Thank you!Filet.jpg

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 13, 2018 at 9:04pm

Thank you Lorelei, for explaining that to me. Sandra


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