Useful for everything from table decorations to clothing trimming to collage, lace ribbon is a must-have in any crafter’s supplies drawer. Originally made of linen, silk, gold, or silver thread, lace is now usually made of cotton or synthetic fibers. Lace making evolved from other techniques, so it’s impossible to pinpoint its exact origins. It was first associated with Venice, where the first lace-pattern books were printed in the 1500s. By 1600, fine lace was being made around Europe, including in Flanders, Spain, France, and England. The industrial revolution brought profound changes: by 1870, virtually every type of handmade lace had a machine-made copy. Today, many types of lace are mass-produced, though specialized artisans still make it by hand. Available in many patterns, widths, materials, and colors, there’s plenty to choose from. Browse our selection of the best lace below.
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