For discussions of lace history and lace identification.  You can post a photo into a comment box for a lace you want to discuss.  Bobblin lace history.  About historic lace. Kinds of lace.  Distinguish types of lace.

We can identify a piece of lace for you, but we need good detail.  At least one photo with this kind of detail is necessary.  Otherwise we are just guessing.  A shot of the whole thing is useful because that shows us the style.  Style gives us clues to date and possibly geographical origin.  But we need the detail shot to tell us how it was made.

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Examples + Resources


Jean Leader's new website, different types of lace -

To compare needle lace, tatting and crochet, Kathleen Minniti's sampler.

My antique lace boards on Pinterest 

My collection of boards on Pinterest 

Jo Edkins lace collection online:

Laces compared:

A university based website specializing in the social history attached to lacemaking


 Bobbin lace    antiquebobbinlace     bobbinlace3     Needle lace    needlelace2 

For recognizing Swedish bobbin lace:

Tatting     tatting2   tatting3      

Filet lace    filetlace2    filetlace3   filet lace4    Buratto 

Sol lace   sollace2   sol lace3

Knitted lace    knittedlace2     Crochet lace        Irish crochet lace      IrishCrochet2      


Bobbin tape lace  bobbin tape lace 2   

Mixed tape lace-machinetape      Romanian needlepoint lace  


Embroidery on tulle-needlerun      Embroidery on tulle-tambour        Carrickmacross  



This is what it takes to make a cloth stitch strip with a machine. I don't know which machine this is. ;

Chemical lace   ChemicalLace2  chemical lace3     chemical lace4     

See this for a technical explanation of the chemical lace process.

Barmen machine lace        Raschel machine lace     Leavers machine

machine1 (not sure what machine) a booklet which purports to distinguish machine from hand made laces. Some of the diagrams of typical machine structural elements are quite good. But too many of the comparison photos do not have enough detail to verify whether they are in fact machine made or hand made. The photos don't all show the individual threads. Still, the booklet is useful for the diagrams and descriptions of the various machine laces.




The Koon collection CD is a collection of images from the Eunice Sein Koon
Collection of Lace donated to IOLI by Ms. Koon. Ms. Koon was the editor of
Lace Craft Quarterly and a collector of lace.  It is not related to the
Minnesota collection to the best of my knowledge.  The CD is a series of
Powerpoint slides organized as the collection pieces are numbered.  There
are approximately 100 pieces of various types of lace in the Koon
collection.  Pictures from the CD could be copied and pasted into another
Powerpoint presentation, or the images could be used to request pieces of
lace from the collection for study by IOLI members.  Policy for use of this
lace is described on p. 58 of the IOLI Member Handbook. -- Jo Ann Eurell


The IOLI - Internation Organization of Lace, Inc. has a study box of lace fragments that members can borrow.  

(I am searching for a link)

IOLI also has a lending library for members' use

A site with good photos of high quality antique laces: ;

Discussion Forum

Mystery technique 6 Replies

Someone has contacted the New England Lace Group to ask for help identifying the technique used to make a shawl, the fiber used and how best to repair it. The first problem is actually figuring out…Continue

Started by Jill Hawkins. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Feb 10.

History of Lacemaking 3 Replies

A friend has been asked to make a presentation about the history of lacemaking. She asked about reference books for her preparation.  My suggestion is An Early Lace Workbook by Rosemary…Continue

Started by Sally Olsen. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 31.

Identification of two pieces of lace 27 Replies

My sister-in-law bought two pieces of lace while in Bize (southern France). She wants me to identify them. I assumed to start with that they are machine made, but I've looked carefully at them and…Continue

Started by Jo Edkins. Last reply by Jo Edkins Oct 13, 2019.

Lacemaking history 5 Replies

Please, does anyone know for sure how lace tokens were used in Great Britain in the 1700s?I have read theories that the tokens were given in lieu of governmental coinage due to a coin shortage, but…Continue

Started by Laurie Elliott. Last reply by Laurie Elliott Sep 17, 2019.

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Comment by Karen Thompson on March 28, 2020 at 12:28pm

Agree with Devon on the false plaits in the blue circles, and the ground in the green circle looks like Droschel to me

Comment by Devon Thein on March 28, 2020 at 11:34am

Thanks for your comments Lorelei. I think the sewings you see in the photo with the blue circles are associated with "false plaits". It is a very interesting way to approximate the appearance of a needle lace mesh using bobbins and plaiting.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 24, 2020 at 5:14pm

oops. I forgot to post the photos.

Comment by Devon Thein on March 23, 2020 at 12:50pm

Lorelei- I am not seeing the photos with red rings and blue rings, etc. you are referring to. How do I access them?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 22, 2020 at 6:05pm

Here is a link to my pinboard of Brussels/Point d'Angleterre laces. Unfortunately they aren'[t close up enough to be sure of the fillings.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 22, 2020 at 5:53pm

I agree that this may be made in England, because of the fillings. Most of them contain tallies, which is typical of English part laces. And they don't use any of the fillings typical of continental laces: no snowflakes.

As to the term "Point d'Angleterre", I have long thought that the arguments about whether these laces were made in England or on the continent are pointless. I think that term applies to a style that was popular in the mid 18th century. This particular example is, I think, English.

Your 6th photo has a ground with unusually long stacks of half stitches. Mechlin ground usually has a stack of 4 half stitches, but there are other continental laces with stacks of 6 or 8 half stitches. The green ring indicates the ground that I am talking about. I only mention this because there are several different grounds used.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 22, 2020 at 5:39pm

a fascinating piece. Your 3rd photo has an odd ground, which appears to have a sewing. See the red ring outlining the whole area. The blue ring indicates the specific 2 threads which appear to be sewn.

I'm going to respond one thing at a time. (or I'd have to write a book!)

Comment by Devon Thein on March 22, 2020 at 8:31am

I have encountered a lappet thought to be Point d'Angleterre with an origin in Flanders or France. Buts some of the fillings look very English to me, especially one that corresponds to number 169 Braids with Leadworks that appears in Honiton Lace: A collection of rediscovered fillings. The similarity even extends to the use of a coarse thread in both the example in the book and in the lappet. Is there reason to believe that this lappet may have an English origin? I am attaching photos.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 12, 2020 at 9:27pm


I have been trying to teach the world about lace identification for several years. I have created a whole bunch of pinterest boards, sorted by the structureal type of lace. Most are bobbin laces, but I also have other kinds as well. And there are some portraits showing the shapes of collars and other dress laces to help nail down the chronology. Be prepared to spend hours. 

Comment by Annie Hodges on March 12, 2020 at 7:29pm

Hello Everyone,

I was hoping to locate a lace historian or “type” expert that can help me identify the various laces I have.  Over the years, I’ve tried and tried and tried to understand all the different types and techniques, but it all pretty much looks the same to me.  It’s a really awful feeling to not be able to detect differences and I simply can’t figure out why I struggle so much with it.

Of course, I’m expecting to pay for this service and it will take some creativity since I didn’t find a member in South Carolina or Georgia.  Since I have quite a bit, perhaps we can Skype for an hour or so at a time.  I don’t need the history of the laces, I’m just trying to determine the type it it... Brussels, Etc, bobbin, needle, Etc. Thank you reading and please feel free to reach out to me anytime.  Annie


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