Reticella - On this Victorian rendition of Italian Renaissance needle lace, diagonal elements dominate within a basic Reticella grid. The technique is identical to that used for 16th and 17th century work, but the flavor is different. This might at a glance be mistaken for machine-made lace, but magnification discloses all-over button hole stitches.
Brussels Point de Gaze Point de Gaze laces were among the finest and most expensive of 19th century products, and most were made in Belgium -- with the most exquisite said to have come from Brussels. Small inserts of this needle lace, called Rose Point, were frequently combined with Brussels Duchesse bobbin laces.
Handkerchief Maker: Convent of Notre Dame de Visitation Date: ca. 1865 Culture: Belgian, Ghent Medium: Cotton, bobbin lace