What is it about a lace fabric that gives the material that extra flare of femininity and beauty? It’s the delicate, demure, dazzling look that lace creates.
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to make lace, but now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available.
Dress lusciously and lovely in lace! Exquisite fashion taste!
Lace Fun Fact: The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, strin, from Latin laceum, akin to lacere, to entice or snare.
The origins of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will in 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb of a worshipping priest in a painting around the year 1485 by Hans Memling. Since lace evolved from other techniques, it is impossible to say that it originated in any one place.
Win the fashion race: elegant and lovely in lace!
Nancy Mangano’s Lace Fashion Tip: Although I find all lace garments to be beautiful, beguiling and alluring, I feel lace clothing is the most regal and luxurious in black or white. Black lace denotes royalty and mystery, while white lace gives off an aura of innocence and youth. All lace clothing comes across as dainty, feminine and glamorous.
Lace Fun Fact: The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace; both needle lace and bobbin lace became dominant in fashion as well as home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.
Popular Types of Lace:
- Bobbin Lace – Made with bobbins and a pillow.
- Chemical Lace – The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif.
- Crocheted Lace – Includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
- Cutwork Lace – Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads are wrapped or filled with embroidery.
- Knitted Lace – Shetland lace, such as the ‘wedding ring shawl’, a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
- Knotted Lace – Includes macramé and tatting.
- Machine Made Lace – Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
- Needle Lace – Lace made using a needle and thread.
- Tape Lace – Makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.
Fill your closet with droves of lace…a sure win and never a money waste!
Historical Patrons and Lace Makers:
- Giovanna Dandolo
- Barbara Uthmann
- Morosina Morosini
- Frederico de Vinciolo
- Rosa Elena Egipciaco
- Scranton Lace Company
In addition to fabulous clothing, lace is exquisite material for making doilies and ribbons.
Lace Fun Fact: Lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of the European continent. The popularity of lace increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe.
In North America in the 19th century, missionaries spread the knowledge of lace making to the Native American tribes.
Wrap yourself in glorious lace for a stylish, elegant, great fashion vibe!
Lace Fun Fact: St. John Francis Regis guided many women into the lace making and embroidery trade, which is why he became the Patron Saint of lace making.
“I love the classy dress that you’re wearing and the way the fabric plays peek-a-boo.”
“This is my gorgeous black lace dress, it covers enough but leaves some skin showing through.”
“You are the most lavished dress woman in the room. Surely a lovely sight.”
“A true fashion diva has come to town. I’m having an exceptional, wonderful night.”
“I might try your signature style but add some leather to my lace.”
“Marvelous darling. You’ll show your over-the-top, dazzling fashion taste!”
Lace Clothing: Make no mistake about it, when dressed head-to-toe in lace garments you’ll be a stunning fashion hit!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846