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

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Hi, Could you identify this lace for me?Continue

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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Helen Bell on October 30, 2012 at 9:36am

Well, if you want to learn to make it, i would recommend some of the books that cover the French style of plaited laces.  I think it's Michael Fouriscot (hope i have that correct), who's authored a number of books on Cluny and Le Puy laces, and Cluny de Briode.  They'll most likely be all in French with no english translation, however they are so well written that you should be able to figure out the lace from the diagrams, if you have some bobbin lace skills.  There are also a number of pattern books from the Hotel de la Dentelle, which don't really have any instructions, but they do have lots of attractive patterns.  Hope this helps.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on October 29, 2012 at 7:56pm

Two books I use a lot are Guide to Lace and Linens by Elizabeth M. Kurella, and The Identification of Lace by Pat Earnshaw.

Comment by Karla Barraza on October 29, 2012 at 7:34pm

Thanks! So are there any books or resources you guys would suggest to learning something similar to this? 

Comment by Administrator on October 29, 2012 at 4:12pm

Karla: I agree with Helen.  This kind of work is very popular with Spanish lacemakers.  In structure and technique it is similar to Cluny, perhaps derived from it.  I've taken to calling it "continental guipure", meaning a braid based (plait based) straight lace.  It is often worked fairly coarse in scale, and is used for household decoration.

Comment by Helen Bell on October 29, 2012 at 3:34pm

Karla,  it looks to be a French design, and the worker is doing it continental style with the footside on the left.  Even though it's got a 9-pin head like Bedfordshire lace, it's not English.  It's a pretty pattern.

Comment by Karla Barraza on October 29, 2012 at 2:18pm
Comment by Loretta Holzberger on October 26, 2012 at 1:43pm

You are right, there is not a lot of lace, but earlier this month the L.A.C.E IOLI group I belong to here had a special showing of costumes that were trimmed in lace at the Henry Gallery for our meeting.  It was very interesting and they showed us how they had put the entire collection on the website. 

Comment by Administrator on October 26, 2012 at 12:48am

I did a little exploring in the Henry's collection.  Frustrating regarding lace, but interesting in that they have several examples of Czech and Macedonian traditional clothing from the late 19th c (something I enjoy seeing).

Comment by Administrator on October 26, 2012 at 12:25am


Thanks for the link.  I've added it to the list of Online Resources, under "Museum Collections with Lace Photos", at right, just under the group member icons.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on October 25, 2012 at 8:52pm

I'm not sure where this information needs to be, but in Seattle the Henry Gallery on the University of Washington campus has an online database of their textile collection.  It includes many lace pieces that are well identified.  It may be on interest to some of this group.  Website is:


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