Torchon lace

Torchon lace is a bobbin lace that was made all over Europe.It is continuous, with the pattern made at the same time as the ground. Torchon lace is notable for being coarse and strong, as well as its simple geometric patterns and straight lines. It does not use representational designs. By the early 20th century, machine-made copies were being made that were almost indistinguishable from the hand-made lace.

Here are examples of Torchon lace from my lace collection (although, as I am not an expert, some of my identification may be wrong). Click on a picture below to go to a page about the piece, with a large scale image.

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