Mixed Tape Laces

Specific types are Battenberg lace, Branscombe point, Princess lace, Borris lace or Romanian Needlepoint Lace.

These laces have a narrow tape or braid meandering through the design, and the tape may be machine made or it may be a narrow crochetted strip.  As the tape curls around it crosses itself and makes loops.  The empty spaces are filled with needle lace stitches, which hold the whole lace together. 

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Annette Meldrum's explanation of the different kinds of mixed tape lace -- 

Borris Lace and Branscombe lace both use a machine made straight tape. Like a tape made on the straight with whole or cloth stitch.

Battenberg lace uses Battenberg tape which is courser and made on the cross grain so that it can be drawn up to fit the design curves by pulling the gathering thread that runs along the edge of the tape. Princess tapes can also be gathered up in this way.

Borris and Branscombe tapes do not gather and must be whipped along the edge to gather up. Branscombe tape is all mounted and whipped to lie flat before working the fillings. Borris tape is drawn up while working the fillings.

Borris lace is usually more flowing in design but otherwise the fillings are reflective and square mesh ground is characteristic. The Point de Venice edging is also characteristic.

To definitively classify it as Branscombe or Borris, the picots can often determine the place of origin and the technique. I think that Branscombe almost always included picoted bars and the picots are large (called nibs). In my book on Borris Lace I have a table which shows the similarities and differences between Branscombe and Borris laces as they are very similar in some aspects but poles apart in others. The picots are the defining difference.

Ilske Thomsen - 

there is another one Luxeuil lace, As far as I was told were the tapes of this lace at the beginning made by hand. Today it’s machine lace like the others of this sort.


the entire herrschner catalog is posted now as high quality copyright free PDF.s.


Branscombe Point: ; ; ;

If anyone more familiar with Branscombe point than me should happen to think that these are not typical please tell me.

Princesse Lace:  (was made with shaped tapes that imitated bobbin made bits)

Examples of the tapes used --


Romanian Needlepoint Lace:

 go to our PHOTOS, and do a search on ROMANIAN

General instructions, stitches:  stitches



Marie Laurie and  Annette Meldrum -  The Borris Lace Collection - A Unique Irish Needlelace,   2010,  published by Sally Milner Publishing company, and is in the Milner Craft series.    ISBN is 9781863514071 (ppk.).  Borris Lace is a tape lace made
with a commercially woven tape.  History, instructions, and patterns. Excerpts from Liz Ligeti's book review:  "Borris is a small Georgian town in Ireland where they made a form of Tape lace. The industry ran from 1846, to the 1960, when it petered out, and unsold stock, patterns etc were stored away in Borris House, the home of the Kavanagh family – to whom the book is dedicated.  Part 1 tells of the history surrounding the lace, and the town,  Part 2 explains the lace features, and unique techniques.  Part 3 has projects to work with patterns and instruction, working diagrams,  and clear photos of completed pieces.  It is beautifully published on glossy paper, with the complete catalogue of the 72 pieces of Borris lace  at the back,  followed by an index, and biographies of the 2 authors.

For complete review see this.   


Discussion Forum

Romanian Point design ideas 1 Reply

Greetings allI need to design a pattern for romanian point lace that shows a mechanical gear in a chemistry flask.  I have the basic lines sorted, but im trying to figure out how to fill the empty…Continue

Started by Lessian. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator May 31, 2016.

Battenburg tape 3 Replies

Might anyone offer a beginner tips on handling braid/tape. Specifically, the process of using the pull cords to create smooth curves.  Thanks much!  I am new to battenburg and quite enthralled!JanContinue

Started by Jan Szyren. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Feb 23, 2013.

Making Tape for Battenberg by hand 5 Replies

I'm searching for instructions for making the tape used in Battenberg and similar laces. I want to make Battenberg in more than just white, and this will be much easier if I can make all of my…Continue

Started by Jacqueline Arsenault. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Feb 10, 2012.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on Wednesday

Here is a Borris lace piece from a workshop. Made by Nell Loops. image from facebook

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 8, 2018 at 4:54pm

There is a Borris lace making group on facebook

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 28, 2016 at 5:28pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 5, 2014 at 3:59pm

Some Romanian needlepoint lace, on a Hungarian website: 

Comment by Adriana Orozco on May 3, 2014 at 8:05pm

Greetings from beautifull Costa Rica!!!  I am a self taugh lace maker, and love it!!  since we do not get any suplies here, I make lace with  silk or linen or cotton tape that I also have to make.  Now I am teaching a group of young girls this beautifull art that I call:  Filigrana Lace.....I just did not know how to call the lace that I make, since it is a mixture of techniques..... Hope you like it!!  Here there is a sample of the first work of my pupils.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 11, 2013 at 12:24pm

Some designs for Romanian needlepoint lace posted free on the internet.  They could also be adapted for bobbin tape lace. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 9, 2013 at 4:15pm

This blog has collected a lot of info on Romanian needlepoint lace, including various cords:

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 30, 2013 at 12:10pm

Some really elaborate fillings in what appears to be Romanian needlepoint lace: 

The cord appears to be buttonholed on both sides, worked over a very thick cord rather than a crochetted strip. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 13, 2012 at 3:23pm

I came across someone who has a lot of photos of Romanian Needlepoint Lace: 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 22, 2012 at 3:29pm

Photos from Luxeuil conference.  Many examples of various laces, but quite a few mixed tape lace type, unusually good designs.


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