Appliqué Net Lace

Example of appliqué net lace. Example of appliqué net lace.

Appliqué net lace production involves the gluing or stitching down of pre-made motifs (slips) onto a background made of net. It became popular in the eighteenth century. Early examples of appliqué net lace are made with handmade net, while later ones tend to use machine made net.

Examples of appliqué net lace using bobbin lace slips include Brussels and Honiton laces. Sometimes fine, decorative net slips were used on the net ground (especially in Belgium). This was regarded as a cheaper and quicker method of making the Brussels appliqué net lace.

Another form of appliqué net lace is needlepoint appliqué, whereby buttenhole stitches are used to make the lace.

Another form within this group is muslin appliqué net lace, whereby shapes in a fine, woven cotton cloth, such as muslin, were cut out and attached to net. Examples of muslin appliqué net lace are Carrickmacross (Ireland), which uses a couched outlining thread, and Belgian appliqué lace, which uses a chain stitch. By the latter half of the nineteenth century, machine copies of muslin appliqué were widely made, especially in Switzerland.

Source: EARNSHAW, Pat (1988). A Dictionary of Lace, Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 29 June 2016).


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