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Bobbin lace footsides

Lace usually has two edges. A straight edge is called a footside and a wavy or frilly edge is called a headside. It is possible for a piece of lace to have two headsides or two footsides. Some headsides are reasonably straight, but the point of a footside is to provide a straight, strong edge, suitable for sewing to fabric. A pattern with two footsides is called an insertion, as it can be used to insert into the correct shaped hole in fabric, and sewn along both edges.

In British bobbin lace, the footside is usually worked on the right. Other lace traditions work the footside on the left. This makes no difference, as you just turn the finished piece of lace over! Anyway, if you have both sides the same, you need to work these from either side. This website will show the British direction.

The Dutch for footside is Zelfkanten. A twisted footside is Gedraaide Zelfkant and a cloth footside is Linnen Zelfkant.

It is important to tighten the threads in a footside. The threads change direction at the edge, and this can lead to looseness, or even a loop appearing. This will be very noticeable. The human eye is very unforgiving of wobbles at an edge!

Sewn footsides (or Bohemian edge)

pic of lace Twisted footside
pic of lace Cloth footside

Winkie pin footsides

pic of lace Winkie pin twisted footside
pic of lace Winkie pin cloth footside
pic of lace Winkie pin plaited footside

Holes - for a wedding garter ribbon

pic of lace Broad hole
pic of lace Narrow hole


pic of lace Footside without passives
pic of lace Rose ground edge