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


Bobbin lace    antiquebobbinlace     bobbinlace3     Needle lace    needlelace2 

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

Tatting     tatting2   tatting3      

Embroidery on tulle-needlerun      Embroidery on tulle-tambour        Carrickmacross  

Filet lace    filetlace2    filetlace3   filet lace4    Buratto 

Sol lace   sollace2   sol lace3

Knitted lace    knittedlace2     Crochet lace        Irish crochet lace      IrishCrochet2      

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)   

I don't know how this machine relates to the Barmen or Rascheel (or other machine)

Bobbin tape lace  bobbin tape lace 2   

Mixed tape lace-machinetape      Romanian needlepoint lace  

For recognizing Swedish bobbin lace:




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

Lace Identificatio 1 Reply

Hi everyone, i have a lovely 1920s dress made from the prettiest lace, i assume its machine made, but can someone tell me what tis style of lace is called? Thanks in advance !Continue

Started by Emily Bernardini. Last reply by Administrator Jul 4.

Indexes for 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting 9 Replies

Someone of IOLI told me about 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting (1920). I can't find who, but thank you! This book has a LARGE number of grounds, with names, photo and…Continue

Started by Jo Edkins. Last reply by Jo Jul 2.

Help with Needlepoint Lace ID 16 Replies

HI All,I have recently acquired this wonderful lace collar which I believe is a needle or needlepoint lace. Even though I have purchased 3 books on lace ID(which I love by the way)  I often become…Continue

Started by Jill Schwartz. Last reply by Administrator Feb 15.

Lace Maps 3 Replies

I thought it might be useful to post a map of part of the lace making world. This google map shows part of modern Belgium. The red balloon i the town of Mechelen/Mechlin/Malines. It is haflway…Continue

Tags: Mechlin, lace history, lace identification

Started by Administrator. Last reply by Administrator Feb 11.

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Comment by Administrator on March 27, 2017 at 5:54pm

I don't know how this machine relates to the other major lace machines. 

Comment by Administrator on March 27, 2017 at 5:29pm

Lace 20C and 20D is a hand made bobbin lace with hand made needle elements. Carolina is right about the bundle of threads.

Blue line shows the bundle of threads (which moves threads from the end of one motif to the top of another). Purple surrounds bobbin cloth stitch. Orange outlines bobbin half stitch. Red rings show needle made rings. Green surrounds an area filled with needle lace ground -- twisted buttonhole with little spots.

It was common for duchesse of the last half of the 19th century to have needle lace inserts. The rings were common, but the twisted BH filling was not. The photo of the whole piece does not show us enough of the design to determine exactly what style or period this lace belongs to. We need a better photo of an area 6x6 inches (or 8 x 10 inches).

Comment by Administrator on March 27, 2017 at 5:13pm

Lace 20 A & B are definitely needle lace. I see Ardenza bars (where buttonhole stitch is worked up the bar on one side and down the bar on the other). I see Venetian picots.

According to Pat Earnshaw Point de France had a bar ground, with the bars spaced far apart, corded Brussels in the dense areas. It dated from the very late 1600s. There is a photo of the antique point de France on page 31 of her book NEEDLELACE. What is interesting is that the design motifs have shapes very similar to Flemish bobbin laces of the same period.

But I just haven't seen enough needle lace to identify any particular style or time component.

Comment by Carolina de la Guardia on March 26, 2017 at 3:12pm
The first piece it seems in effect Point de France.
The second one, I have my is probably hand made but it is worked very "rude". A bundle of threads seems to be carried on from one motive to another as it is made in Duchesse lace, but nothing to do with it.
On the other hand the little rings it seems to me as if they are made with a needle or crochet....
I cannot identify this piece as any especific lace, I would like to hear some other opinion.
Comment by Barbara Vanselow on March 26, 2017 at 10:04am

The second piece of lace is very fine and a puzzle to me.lace%20D.jpg


I really appreciate all your help.

Comment by Barbara Vanselow on March 26, 2017 at 10:02am

I have picture of two more pieces of lace that I would appreciate your comments on.  .

The first piece looks just like the pictures of Point de France in m,y identification book. I have never seen this needle lace in person so I am hoping that someone can help.Lace%20B.jpg


Comment by Administrator on March 16, 2017 at 6:06pm

Handmade cloth stitch:

a machine made spot in half stitch

handmade spot in half stitch

a hand made cloth spot

Comment by Administrator on March 16, 2017 at 5:51pm

I agree with Carolina. The photo of the whole thing shows a lace which looks good at first glance. But the solid areas, the cloth stitch, are a bit odd for hand made. There are prominent vertical ridges. Handmade cloth stitch would show absolutely equal prominence of the horizontal and vertical lines, not the prominence of vertical lines.

The red line shows a region which looks very strange. Those little squares would look very different if they were handmade, either as tallies or as spots.

A 2nd issue is the gimp, the thick thread which outlines all the motifs. It has an unusual prominence in this piece. So I am thinking it may have been sewn on top of the lace with a needle and thread, instead of being worked in as the lace was made. Look at the back of the piece. If the gimp does not show as prominently on the back side, then it was added on top later. This would also be an indication of machine made, since lace by hand work the gimp in very fast, and adding the gimp on top later would actually take more time.


Comment by Barbara Vanselow on March 16, 2017 at 9:55am

Thank you very much, I wasn't sure.

Comment by Carolina de la Guardia on March 16, 2017 at 1:44am
Barbara, this a machine mAde lace...

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