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)Twisted footside
Winkie pin footsidesWinkie pin twisted footside
Winkie pin cloth footside
Winkie pin plaited footside
Holes - for a wedding garter ribbonBroad hole
OtherFootside without passives
Rose ground edge
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