Venetian and Burano Lace


Venetian and Burano Lace

These laces date from the late 19th century into the early 20th century. (I think.)  This group does not include Venetian gros point, since we already have a separate group for that.  Ombretta says "The difference is that in the Venetian lace motifs are connected by bars (like the bridges of the city), while in Burano lace are connected by the mesh (such as the fishnet of fishermen - Burano is an island)".  She also says that " the points [laces] are equal or nearly so, and because the Burano lace came from the ancient Venetian".

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A small manual on the basic technique of needle lace of Burano. It is in Italian. In Ombretta's blog is the presentation

Ombretta's Burano elements

The guide costs € 15,00 + € 1.00 the envelope. The mail for America is € 9.00 by priority mail or by registered mail € 12,50.
The full price is € 25.00 or € 28.50. Of course these prices are in Euro.

Some videos on Burano lace, but they appear very basic.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 1, 2017 at 3:42pm

modern Venetian needle lace

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 26, 2016 at 11:32pm

Some new Italian language books on needle lace and embroidery.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 7, 2015 at 7:05pm

That piece is spectacular, as all her work is. Thanks for the link.

Comment by Christiane Machabée on September 7, 2015 at 10:29am

Quel travail magnifique de Ombretta. Merci Teri de nous l'avoir indiqué. À voir sur:

What a wonderful work fromOmbretta. Teri, thank you for pointing this out. To see on:

Comment by Teri Dow on September 7, 2015 at 9:06am
I forgot to mention. Ombretta has been busy and has produced a wonderful piece which I think is inspired by the bird of paradise flower, strelitizia. See her web page.

Je oublié de mentionner. Ombretta a été très occupé et a produit un morceau merveilleux qui, je pense est inspiré par l'oiseau de paradis de fleurs, strelitizia. Voir sa page web.
Comment by Teri Dow on September 6, 2015 at 2:55pm
Lorelei, my Burano photo is still not showing up on the main page. Settings have been amended etc, so I'm somewhat puzzled.....
Comment by Jean Bowen on April 30, 2015 at 9:30am

This seems to be very similar to most of the other needlelaces, Point de Gaze in particular, but seemingly, much heavier threads?

Comment by Teri Dow on April 28, 2015 at 6:24am
The new Burano manual has just arrived. Very impressive indeed. Beautifully illustrated and photographs amazing. So inspirational.....
Comment by Christiane Machabée on March 30, 2015 at 9:28am

La ressemblance avec la dentelle à l'aiguille de Burano est surtout liée avec celle d'Alençon par le réseau de mailles rectangulaires . Mick Fouriscot dans "Secret of lace", vol. 2, mentionne aussi que le fil utilisé à Burano est plus gros qu'à Alençon, les motifs apparaissant ainsi de plus grandes dimensions tout comme la pièce finale.
J'ai volontairement omis de parler de la dentelle française "Point Colbert", qui est de toute évidence une imitation du Gros point italien.

The resemblance with needle lace of Burano is mostly related with that of Alençon by the rectangular mesh network. Mick Fouriscot in "Secret of lace", vol. 2 also mentions that the thread used in Burano is bigger than Alençon, patterns appearing so larger as the final piece.
I have intentionally omitted to speak about the French lace "Point Colbert", which is obviously an imitation of the Italian Gros point.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 29, 2015 at 3:48pm

Christiane - That is interesting. I still need to understand if there are any technical differences between these different styles of laces. With bobbin laces, different styles often have very clear differences in how they are made, in how they solve problems. But I want to understand if those kinds of differences also exist between different styles of needle lace.

For instance, Halas laces uses a kind of weaving stitch which looks exactly like woven cloth. Other needle laces don't do this.

Kenmare and Youghal have a cordonnet which is only 1 thread, not 2 threads.

Venetian gros point has thickly padded cordonnet with much decoration applied to the outlines.

I hope to develop an understanding of these kinds of technical differences between all the different styles of needle lace. But I have not reached that point yet.


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