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Sol lace

17th century Spanish Sol lace was a form of drawn-thread work with circular patterns built up on a skeleton of woven threads. From this, two different techniques evolved.

In Tenerife lace, the wheel-like motifs are made separately on fabric-covered circular cards or blocks with pins stuck in around the edges. The thread is first taken to and fro across the circle around the pins. Once these radial threads are in place the pattern is woven in with a needle. The finished motif is released by removing the pins and the motifs are later joined together.

Nanduti lace is worked on fabric which is stretched tightly in a frame. The pattern is drawn on the fabric and the threads which go to and fro across the circular motif are either taken through running stitches worked along the pattern lines or stitched directly through the fabric. When finished, the motifs are released by either cutting the running stitches or cutting away the backing fabric.

Here are examples of Sol lace work 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.

Tenerife lace

Nanduti lace


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