Lace Fabric

The lace fabric, so beautiful, and full of delicate and intricate motifs used to be made completely by hand once. That was a long time in the past. Of course, it is worth all the hard work. But these days, lace is almost completely made by machines. It has remained as beautiful, but the use of machines has made lace affordable. There was a time when only the very rich could afford it. You will find lace everywhere now – a part of your everyday and special occasion outfits, wedding gowns, and more.

lace outfit

Historians are not sure about the origin of lace. There have been Italian and Flemish claims, but the jury is still out there, because its origin cannot be traced back for sure. However, what many people don’t realize is that, there are actually many types of lace. In fact, you may be surprised to know that there are more than 20 different varieties. They all fall into two main categories, though – bobbin lace, and needle lace.

Here are some of the main types of lace –


alençon lace

The name comes from the French city of Alençon where this lace was first made. It is a needle-point, fine lace. You will usually find this with a net or sheer background or a floral design. Look closely at the details. You are sure to love it.

Embroidered Lace

embroidered lace dress

Delicate patterns are stitched tightly on the illusion base, which makes the appliqué. Embroidered lace on a tulle separate layer will give you both dimension and depth.

Guipure Lace

guipure lace outfit

Also known as Venetian lace, this is a stiff and firm variety where there is no net background. Embroidered, close stitches create the patterns on the fine fabric, but they remain subtle on the finished piece.

Premium Chantilly Lace Fabric

chantilly lace dress

Chantilly lace is one of the most popular varieties. This is a delicate and beautiful fabric with floral designs that have silk threads outlined on the net background. The designs stand out as the mesh or net where the work is done is very delicate. Embroidery on the premium Chantilly lace fabric makes it look stunning. Scalloped edges further enhance the look. It is popular in bridal gowns, evening gowns, and other dresses.

Venetian Lace

venetian lace

Another fine lace, but with a raised heavy design. The design is usually geometric or floral, and it is all over the body. Traditionally handmade, Venetian Lace has been very expensive, but machine use has brought down the price by a great deal. The lace fabric is available as lace trims, appliqué, or wide fabric.


brocade dress

This is a decorative and rich shuttle-woven fabric that you will often find in colored silks. Sometimes there are silver and gold threads.

Knit Lace

knit lace

This is a softer variety. It is more flexible as well as there is no tulle back. It will contour around the body easily.

There are other varieties of lace fabric too, such as crocheted, chenille, cotton beading lace, metallic beaded lace, insertion lace, and nylon lace among others.