Special Techniques Blog Post

Romanian point lace
Romanian macrame

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Romanian Lace, also referred to as Romanian Point is part of a family of tape laces, the earliest dating date back to 17th c. Italian Mezzo Punto. This lace started in 14th Century and was first used to connect narrow pieces of home-woven textiles used for clothing.

Today, Battenberg Lace is the name assigned to most laces of this type where a machine-made tape defines the design and needle-lace infillings define the texture. The uniqueness of Romanian Point is that it is entirely hand-made, the tape having been replaced by a very specific handmade braid.

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How it is do?

This form of lace starts with making crocheted cords/ribbons/braids. These are tacked down in a design and the spaces in between are filled in with needle lace. The braid which is the base of the lace is done with a crochet hook and the filling stitches are needlepoint. While the braid can take many forms, the unusual characteristic is that the forming thread can be pulled from either end.

A variety of styles developed where the work is started by securing heavier guiding threads onto a stiff background (such as thick paper) with stitches that can later be removed. The work is then built up using a variety of stitches—the most basic being a variety of buttonhole or blanket stitch. When the entire area is covered with the stitching, the stay-stitches are released and the lace comes away from the paper.

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Romanian Point Lace goes by many names: Tape Lace Crochet, Braidwork Crochet, Braid Lace Crochet, Macramé Crochet Lace, Renaissance Lace, Point Lace, Romanian Macramé, European Macramé, Macramé au Crochet, Croșetat dantelă din puncte si laseta, Uncinetto Rinascimento, Macramé Rumeno, Zsinórcsipke, Dentelle Roumaine, Makramee-häkeln, etc.