Needlepoint lace

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Needlepoint lace collar
MFA# 53.527


A hand embroidered lace made with a needle and thread. Needlepoint, or needle, laces were first made in the late 15th century probably in Italy. They quickly spread through Europe and are still being made in Ireland, Belgium, and Asia. To make needlepoint lace, single threads are lightly stitched to a design drawn on a support paper. Without penetrating the paper, the threads are covered using the buttonhole stitch and straight threads are added to interconnect and support the pattern. When finished, the threads attaching the lace to the paper are cut.

Synonyms and Related Terms

needlepoint lace (AAT); encaje a la aguja (Esp.); needle-point lace; point lace; point laced; needle lace; Battenberg lace;


Common Types of Lace

Resources and Citations

  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985 Comment: point lace
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996 Comment: point lace

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