Example of machine lace picots in plaits. The loops are made with pairs, but they are untwisted, so separate.
Complete lace: http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/lace236.htm

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 12, 2014 at 5:08pm

Yes, I agree. Another case where one elements cannot be taken out of context. Seeing the whole thing, it is machine made.

Comment by Jo Edkins on October 12, 2014 at 4:27pm

Well, I'm tempted to agree with you. But the whole piece looks like this:

http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/lace236.htm

and it doesn't just have two thicknesses of thread - it has THREE! Various fine detail show non-standard thread movements, for example, the thickest thread weaves through some cloth stitch as a single thread rather than a pair. So the piece is machine made, I'm sure. That being so... I was assuming that a hand lacemaker wouldn't mind twisting a pair a few times, even if taking a short-cut to making a picot. But a machine might find it harder, although possible, I guess. Still, LOTS of twists might put too much burden on it, especially considering the amount of picots in this piece. That was my reasoning anyway. The piece as a whole is definitely machine made. Whether this type of picot is diagnostic of machine-made is perhaps more questionable. But none of the hand-made examples in my collection (and there are some shockingly bad picots!) are quite this bad.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 12, 2014 at 1:53pm

Not certain they are machine made. Could be sloppy hand made.

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