I have a large piece of lace,...measures 90cm across

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The closeup is a little out of focus, so I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is machine-made lace imitating lacis.

Thank you....you two ladies are so knowledgable...I am trying to learn but its still very confusing to me.  It gets easier as you see more pieces in hand and can identify them.  

Nancy A. Neff said:

The closeup is a little out of focus, so I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is machine-made lace imitating lacis.

If you want examples of filet lace (which is similar to lacis, I think) see here:

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/filet.htm

But this example seems to have whispery threads for the basic square net. That's a give-away for machine-made, isn't it?

The lack of focus is a problem. It might be Buratto -- hand made embroidery on a machine made base (fabric with large spaces between the threads).

Jo - your photos are great! Nice addition to your website.

I will take more photos and post them tomorrow.  They are blurry and I apologize.

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The lack of focus is a problem. It might be Buratto -- hand made embroidery on a machine made base (fabric with large spaces between the threads).

If not entirely machine made, at least the mesh is machine made.  

I agree that the mesh is machine-made for sure, but I don't think it's buratto because some of the threads in both directions appear twisted. Buratto is woven by twisting pairs of weft threads between single warp threads (so the warp threads are straight), and tends to be a somewhat heavier fabric. Here's a picture of undarned buratto from http://italian-needlework.blogspot.com/2011/08/buratto.html:

I have added more photos with closeup.

Good photos! The mesh is machine made, and definitely not buratto. The needle-weaving portion looks so "messy" that I think it's machine-made also. Let's see what others think, however.

Bobbie Eccles said:

I have added more photos with closeup.

this piece is very strange. In the photo below notice the frayed area near the edge. It looks like woven cloth with some threads withdrawn. However, notice that in the shot that gives us the largest view of the whole piece, the cloth near the central decorative area is intact. See the red areas.

The photo below shows this area enlarged.

The meshes of the openwork area show a thread which is poorly twisted and very fragile. I'm surprised the piece has survived this long.

I still don't know for sure what this is.

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