As a follow up on Todd Hawkinsons post about a Loom-A-Line I would
like to offer some explanation.
A textile structure created on a loom IS NOT LACE. Lace is a textile
form created WITHOUT a loom. There are two major groups of hand-made
lace. The first one originated in 14th-15th century, is called a
NEEDLE LACE. Needle lace is constructed with a needle and a
continuous thread using a basic, buttonhole stitch. The other group
developed later (early 16th cent), as a speedier solution to needle
lace. It is called BOBBIN LACE and it is constructed by means of
twisting and crossing multiple threads wound on wooden sticks,
bobbins. The bobbin lace can be classified as an off-loom weaving,
because the actual structure is somehow similar to woven cloth. The
main difference between the two is that in bobbin lace the warp
threads are not confined to a certain order, they move and change
position throughout the fabric.
Out of the two lace techniques, bobbin lace is much more suitable for
work with wire than needle lace, because it doesn’t incorporate any
knots in the process.
For more on bobbin lace, please follow links from my
website http://www.silverpinstudio.com. It is a fascinating subject.