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RENAISSANCE LACE

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The gracious and luxurious lace has traditionally dressed royal children over decades. Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads are used. Lace developed from the embroidery technique of cutwork, whereby a design is cut out of a woven cloth and the edges are secured with thread to stabilize the voided design and to provide further decorative texture.

During the sixteenth century, the technique of lace making was freed from a woven foundation, and became a fabric in its own right. A number of notable pattern books for both needle and bobbin lace were published in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century and these illustrate some of the pictorial designs which became possible using true lace techniques.

Needle lace requires the use of a single thread and a needle to make stitches one after another which gradually build up a fabric.The finest needle laces require months to be produced. Detail by detail. Some regard the whole genre as being Renaissance Lace, with varying forms such as Branscombe, Princess and Battenberg.