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Bucks Point comes from the county of Buckinghamshire in England, so it is one of the traditional English bobbin lace styles. "Point" is another word for lace, so you should not say "Bucks Point lace"! The French call bobbin lace Point, probably because they call needle lace Point d'aiguille - "Point of needle". Needle lace came before bobbin lace, and early bobbin lace often imitated it.
The patterns are more flowing and delicate than Torchon. They often feature flowers and leaves. Designs are outlined by a thicker thread called a gimp
Bucks Point is always worked on a Bucks Point grid, with lines of holes at about 60° to the vertical. This tends to make hexagons - one reason why it is good at flower designs. But corners are pointed or obtuse rather than square. Despite this different grid, stitches are worked in exactly the same way. Each pin has two pins above it, just in slightly different places. Bucks Point has its own net (ground) and designs, but all of them could, technically, be worked on a Torchon grid. They would look different, though.
Designs used in Bucks Point:
Bucks Point headsidesFan
Picots and passives headside
Bucks Point footsideCloth footside
Bucks Point groundsBucks Point ground
Bucks Point featuresGimp
Bucks Point shapesBead
Here are an example of traditional Bucks Point.
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