A 17thC, European lace made with loosely twisted threads, often in a shell design or with picot edgings. Being a quick stitch it produces a lace that is not as fine, beautiful or durable as the very best of laces, but which low cost and simple look makes it entirely appropriate for rustic, shabby chic, furnishings. It is ideal when the look of lace is desired but the cost is prohibitive or wasteful–say for the edgings of a bedvalance or bed drapes. Its loose weave and natural colouring combines well with vintage and rougher woven textiles, such as wild silk and hand woven linens.




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