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:


 Bobbin lace    antiquebobbinlace     bobbinlace3     Needle lace    needlelace2 

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

Once Again on Chantilly Hand vs Machine made 5 Replies

Hello, Ages ago we had a discussion on distinguishing handmade vs machinemade Chantilly lace. I found it very helpful but now have a couple of pieces that I'm again not sure about. These 2 lace…Continue

Started by deborah greenfield. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jun 2.

Help to identify old bobbin(?) lace 4 Replies

I inherited this shawl and am a complete beginner in lace knowledge. I appreciate that there are knowledgeable and generous people here to help me identify it. I have pictures of every section, but…Continue

Started by Cindy Brown. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jun 1.

Large banquet cloth 1 Reply

Hopefully somebody has some ideas about this very large banquet cloth - or bedspread?  I have not seen it. These grainy photos are all I have. It looks to me like early 20th century bobbin lace. Do…Continue

Started by Karen Thompson. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Apr 20.

Lace Identification Help 6 11 Replies


Started by Bobbie Eccles. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 19.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 2, 2013 at 10:29pm


Can you tell us more about the contents of the book?  What it aims to do?  How is it useful?

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on April 2, 2013 at 6:59pm

I'm a member of LACE, and I carry the book on my website:  It is $12. plus shipping.  Lacis and other also carry it.  If someone wishes to order it from me, do it now, I'm going on vacation in 2 weeks. 

Comment by Katherine Dunlevey on April 2, 2013 at 6:42pm

Book sounds interesting.  Can you tell me how to order this book from Lace Arts Council?  It looks like they might be an IOLI chapter, but there is no contact information.   I couldn't find anything on the internet.  thanks

Comment by Helen Bell on April 2, 2013 at 5:52pm

There's also a very neat little book that's been published by the Lace Arts Council for Education, called 'Lace:  a quick guide to identification'.  It would tuck into a purse or bag.  For a go-to on the fly book, it looks to be very handy.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 2, 2013 at 4:04pm

Karen and Devon

Thanks for your suggestions.  I'm adding them to the booklist.

Comment by Devon Thein on April 2, 2013 at 3:41pm
I suggest books by Elizabeth Kurella for lace that you might encounter at flea markets and auctions. Heather Toomer's books are good for lace that you might encounter for sale if you are lucky, but more likely in museums. For the hard core, of course, the Santina Levey book, Lace: a History is the best. The Pictorial archive might be more interesting to graphic artists as there are many images, but very little explanation.
Comment by Karen Thompson on April 2, 2013 at 3:17pm


Welcome.   "Pictorial Archive of Lace Designs: 325 Historic Examples (Dover Pictorial Archive." has photos or drawings of (presumably) 325 laces without any explanation as to what they are. So I don't think it is very useful. The prints are not clear enough to study the laces even if you knew what you were looking at. 


Comment by Linda Jenkins on April 2, 2013 at 3:10pm

Thank you! These web pages looks very useful indeed, and I don't find them too basic at all!

I look forward to hearing other book recommendations from other members of the group.



Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 2, 2013 at 2:55pm


I haven't heard of that particular book, so I can't advise.  There were several pattern books published in the period 1550-1650.  The title makes me think it might possibly be one of those.  They might be useful in dating a piece of lace.  If you find an actual lace similar in design to one of the pattern books, your actual lace may either be that old, or may be a relatively modern copy of an old lace.

In general, to get started learning how to identify lace, we have collected some resources.  I don't know the level of your current knowledge, so please don't be offended if the suggestions I make are too basic.

Look at the 2nd column on this page.  Near the top are icons of the group members.  Just below that group of icons is a section called PAGES.  One page has links to good sites where you can find basic lace identification photos.  There is also a short list of recommended books.  But I think the ONLINE RESOURCES page will give you plenty of information to start with.

Anybody else heard of the book Linda mentioned?

Comment by Linda Jenkins on April 2, 2013 at 1:44pm

Hello, everyone. I'm new to Laceioli, and therefore new to this group. I'm excited to be here!

I don't make lace myself, but have recently become interested in learning about lace. This interest was sparked by my becoming obsessed with Pinterest. I have a Lace board, and was originally intending just to post photos of beautiful laces. But now I'd like to learn about the many different types of lace and how to identify them.

Now for my question: recently asked if I'd be interested in buying this book: "Pictorial Archive of Lace Designs: 325 Historic Examples (Dover Pictorial Archive." (Boy, do they know how to tempt me!) Does anyone have this book? Would it be a good one for me to get as a novice wanting to learn how to identify lace?

And, can anyone suggest other books that might be useful for me?

Thanks in advance, all.



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