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Lace-making is an ancient craft.

  • Needle Lace
    • Needle lace is truly the pinnacle of lace-making arts, as it is the most flexible, and also the most time-consuming. This statement is not necessarily completely true. There are many types of needle lace - i.e. lace made using a needle and thread. Some of these laces can be made much more quickly than the finest of bobbin laces. On the other hand, some antique needle lace is made from a very fine thread that is not manufactured today.
  • Bobbin Lace
    • This type of lace-making uses bobbins and pillows. The bobbins, turned from wood, bone or plastic, hold threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on the pillow. The pillows contain straw, preferably oat straw or other materials such as sawdust, insulation styrofoam or ethafoam. Bobbin lace can also be made using copper or silver wire instead of thread.
  • Crochet Lace
    • This includes Irish crochet.
  • Tatting
    • Tatted lace is made with a shuttle.

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