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


Descriptions of several styles 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:

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)   




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

Chinese? 6 Replies

A friend asked for help identifying the techniques in a textile.  Here are her words and pictures.…Continue

Tags: embroidery, tulle, knots, buttons, beads

Started by Sally Olsen. Last reply by Sally Olsen Feb 22.

Fun piece of bobbin lace 8 Replies

I recently got an inquiry through our museum email regarding this piece of lace.  The woman, who gave permission for me to share these photos, got this piece 40-50 years ago as an "old" piece  of…Continue

Started by Kimberly Davis. Last reply by Paula Harten Feb 5.

17th, 18th C lace and others for ID and comments 4 Replies

Hello, I acquired some lovely lace pieces today which I believe are:17th C Point de Venise, 8 cms deep. And 3 examples of 18th C Argentan / Alencon? These are all about 5 cms deep. Then an…Continue

Started by deborah greenfield. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Dec 7, 2018.

Identification Help 2 Replies

Hello I am currently in school for Museum Studies and one of our projects is a textile treatment. I have been having a hard time identifying the type of lace of my textile and was hoping someone…Continue

Started by Sarah. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Dec 7, 2018.

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Comment by Karen Thompson on January 18, 2019 at 2:58pm
  • I have seen similar technique on at least one piece at the Smithsonian, but have no specific information about it. At the moment the Museum is, of course, closed, but I am also traveling, so not able to access the info. Will try after getting back there. 
Comment by Devon Thein on January 18, 2019 at 1:32pm

More mysteries. We all know that there were cases where long, narrow strips of droschel mesh were made and joined together and motifs were applied to them. We have encountered a piece where it appears that the droschel was worked in strips, but that it was also worked around the motifs. It appears as though the droschel was worked around and into the motifs and extra pairs were carried along the edge of the motif, later entering the droschel ground. So, the lace is not applique. I am attaching some photos. in one, you can see the faint lines of strips which I have indicated with arrows. In the other you can see where the droschel mesh is sewn into the edge of the motif.  I am wondering if others have found this as well? The piece is supposed to be 18th century, it looks like it is late 18th century. 

Comment by Laura Sandison on January 18, 2019 at 11:37am

Definitely an interesting piece! I hope someone has more information about it.

Comment by Devon Thein on January 17, 2019 at 6:21pm

I have encountered an interesting lace of a type that I have never seen before and wonder if others have seen it. Our information is that it is 19th century from Russia. Also, it says Mechlin, although I think that this may have been an attempt to relate it to something known. In fact, the ground of this piece seems to be a point ground where two threads are worked as one, but when the pairs come together the threads operate as one and make a linen stitch. Does anyone have any familiarity or information about this kind of lace?

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 11, 2018 at 6:41pm

Thank you for the website Lorelei !

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 11, 2018 at 6:13pm

A university based website specializing in the social history of lace and lace making

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 26, 2018 at 5:25pm

Thank you, Gabriele. Now we have a whole lot of examples of point ground lace which uses honeycomb or kat stitch ground. So it isn't all that rare.

And Gabriele, your little oval piece is beautiful. But I don't recognize the pattern or its source.

Comment by Gabriele Patzner on October 26, 2018 at 8:06am

Random Stuff:

Joan Blanchard, Malmesbury Lace

"Annie's Pattern", Malmesbury Fan and Honeycomb Ground

Karen Blum, Point Ground Patterns (I)

5, 6, 8, 9, 10

Karen Blum, Point Ground III, Honeycomb 26, 35, 

Elwyn Kenn, Point Ground Lace, Paris Point 78, Honeycomb 84

Elwyn Kenn, Lace, Honeycomb 12, 18,

Elwyn Kenn, Point Ground Patterns from Australia, Honeycomb 21,30, 34

Erdmuthe Wesenberg, Liebenauer Point de Lille, Honeycomb 69

Erdmuthe Wesenberg, Point de Lille-Spitzen aus dem Erzgebirge has plenty of patterns with large areas of Point of Paris and Honeycomb, sometimes paired with Point Ground.

Comment by Gabriele Patzner on October 26, 2018 at 4:42am

I can add from my books about Bayeux:

Potin/Nobecourt LA Dentelle de Bayeux

Honeycomb 34, 48, 58, 66

Nobecourt/Potin Bayeux Lace

Kat stitch 67

Raszewski/Bouvot BLONDES

Font Vitré 109, 111

Fouriscourt/Salvador La Dentelle de Bayeux

Font Vitré 43

Bouvot/Hervieux Symphonie en Dentelle (Polychromes de Courseulles)

Font Vitré 123

Font Vitré is explicitly mentioned as being used as ground as well as a filling for those french laces.

Among the pictures on this site:

On pinterest, no source identifiable: - Bayeux Go and scroll, they make amazing lace there. a lovely Polychrome

And I have this little beauty and would be glad if someone could point me to designer and maker: 1%20%2812%29.JPG

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 25, 2018 at 6:36pm

Alson Asa Jansen, one of our members has posted several photos of Swedish laces. The group is mixed styles. But some may be relevant, particularly flower shapes.


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