Posted by: GourmetGirl | May 13, 2014

Lace, Lace and MORE Lace

From Wikipedia:

Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.

Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

Lace comes in many forms Here are the Two Forms I like to work on:images-1

Crocheted Lace includes Irish or Clones Lace,  pineapple crochet, and filet crochet.

Knitted Lace includes Eyelet Patterns, Victorian Lace, and Shetland Lace such as the “wedding ring shawl”, a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.

Knitted lace is also considered the best for wearable garments. In the knitting world we mostly see lace garments as shawls and scarves. There are a few of us crazies that will tackle lace in sweaters and jackets.

My two favorites, for this “crazy,” are Tampa Nights and Barcelona Lace. Both are great to wear.

100_5134Sweaters and Jackets that have lace take time and required skill and patience. They are well worth the time spent.

Here’s to your well spent time on your lace projects.

Happy Lacing,

Nancy

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