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The Romance of Lace Perhaps its the touch of romance it adds Or the way light filters through it suffused and softened For others it reminds them of the home of a beloved grandmother or a gentler time The delicate threads twisted and knotted become a work of art whether they are draped over a table or hanging in a window In its broadest definition lace actually refers to any openwork techniques that could include weaving crochet or knitting However there are some needlework techniques that create only openwork These are needle lace and bobbin lace Needle lace is a single thread worked by looping twisting and knotting Bobbin lace is created by multiple threads wound on a hand-held bobbin and affixed to a pillow with pins This is also referred to as pillow lace by some Bobbin lace is more like weaving while needle lace is more like sewing There has always been an interest in lace but in the past few years it has gained popularity said Judy Tackett owner and manager of Attic Delights an Orange-based antique shop that specializes in vintage lace and linens Today Tackett sees laces for a variety of uses doilies tablecloths pillow cases collars gloves People are once again beginning to appreciate the intricacy and workmanship of lace said Tackett The ways lace is used today might surprise some of its creators Lace hankies are used as curtains hanging from a ribbon or clothesline Or theyre used as decorative elements on pillowsor sewed together to form quilts or coverlets Some use them to trim cabinets adding a touch or elegance or softness Even items of clothing particularly baby clothes have found a second life as design elements A lot of people like baby clothes to hang in nurseries or to add a touch of softness or whimsy to a room Tackett said Theres something comforting about a delicate gown or bonnet hanging near a window or
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