A 17-18thC lace making technique using a tape or braids to outline the motifs rather than a foundation thread. First a narrow tape is made with bobbin or needlework, which is then wound and placed onto a pattern and either fixed to a bought mesh, or connected using lace stitching worked into a background mesh or pattern.  I’ve used this concept to create designs with applied cut lengths to linen or cotton grounds as surface decoration, especially as so many long strips are cut off and left on the Cutting Room floor .


Tape laces include: Battenburg,

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