Examples of handmade knotted nets and decorative knotting date back more than a thousand years; the bobbin lace and needle lace known today probably originated in the 1500s Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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Handmade or machine-made lace

The market for lace collecting

Getting started in lace Collecting

Care and storage of lace

Cleaning Linen

 
Stitching Together a Lace Collection
Unveiling a little-known collecting category


More than the sum of its threads, lace has been used for centuries to create beautiful personal and household adornments.

An example of bobbin lace
An example of bobbin lace

 Contrary to all those crossword puzzles, tatting (a form of knotting) is just one basic manipulation; others include needle weaving, knotting, weaving, braiding, and different forms of stitching with a needle and thread.
History
Examples of handmade knotted nets and decorative knotting date back more than a thousand years; the bobbin lace and needle lace known today probably originated in the 1500s.
 
By the 1790s, the first machines began making plain nets, and quickly advanced to complex processes. In the earliest surviving lace we find today, linen thread was the most often used fiber. After the cotton gin was invented in the early 1800s, inexpensive cotton thread became more popular. There was also silk lace, but it tended to deteriorate. Some newer lace is made with synthetic fibers.


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