Branscombe Lace

Example of Branscombe lace. Example of Branscombe lace.

Branscombe lace, or Branscombe tape lace, is a type of Renaissance lace, named after the village of Branscombe in East Devon (England). Branscombe lace started to be made in the mid-nineteenth century using machine made tapes (Honiton braid). By the end of the nineteenth century, Branscombe lace had become very elaborate and the fillings became more detailed. 

Branscombe lace is characterised by the use of a light, open tape that is applied to create a series of floral motifs. These are densely filled with needle lace stitches, and a distinctive picot or ‘pea’ edge. There are traditionally fourteen different filling stitches used for this type of lace.

Also known as: Branscombe point lace.

See also the TRC Needles entry on Battenburg tape lace.


  • BEST, Dianna and Nancy HUGHES (1992), An Introduction to Battenburg Lace, Saskatchewan: Regina.
  • EARNSHAW, Pat (1984). A Dictionary of Lace, Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd, pp. 168-169.

Digital source illustration (retrieved 6th July 2016).


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