Handmade lace remains a prestige textile. With the contempory interest in crafts, many of the old lace making techniques are experiencing renewed interest. Handmade lace is used for wall hangings, belts, bags, shawls, afghans, bedspread and tablecloths. Handmade laces are of the following types—
This lace is made by drawing a pattern on paper, laying down yarns over the pattern, and stitching over the yarns with a needle and thread. The thread network forming the ground is called reseau or brides. The solid part of the pattern is called toile. Needlepoint designs may include birds, flowers, and vases.
This lace is made on a pillow. The pattern is drawn on a paper and pins are inserted at various points. Yarns on bobbins are plaited around the pins to forn the lace.
This lace is made by hand with a crocher hook. Examples are irish lace and Syrian lace.
This lace is handmade with loops of woven tape attached by yarn brides in patters. Making this kind os a lace was a common hobby in the United States in the early 20th century. Contemporary pieces are imported from Asia, especially China for apparel and furnishing accessories.