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Chemical lace

Chemical Lace (sometimes referred to as Schiffli Lace) is done by embroidering a pattern on a sacrificial fabric that has been chemically treated so as to disintegrate after the pattern has been created. It looks fuzzy, while you can see the individual threads in real needle lace. See right for an enalarged photo of Chemical lace for an explanation of the fuzziness. Chemical lace can imitate needle lace quite convincingly.

Here are examples of imitation (machine-made) needle 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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