Battenberg lace is a coarse tape lace composed of thin strips of braiding or tape. These are worked into patterns and then stitched into place using a strong thread. The pattern is then repeated across the length of the lace. Battenberg lace is most commonly used for collars and cuff and other detailing, but it can be used on curtains and other furnishings. It is relatively sturdy and can be decorated using beads, sequins or linen tape to form a scalloped edge. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Renaissance Lace’ after the period of time it originates from. The name ‘Battenberg Lace’ however comes from the village in Prussia, Germany where it was first made, and the patterns used can range from floral to geometric shapes.
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