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Example of Guipure lace with a Torchon edge

Guipure lace is a type of bobbin lace. It connects the motifs with bars or plaits rather than net or mesh.

Guipure is a French word. It used to describe lace which has a gimp or thicker thread to outline the pattern, but this is no longer used.[1]

Genoese lace was a guipure lace.[2] Genoese lacemakers went to Malta to found the style of Maltese lace.[3] This later inspired the style of English lace known as Bedfordshire lace.[4]

Another guipure lace is Cluny lace, which originated in France,[5] but spread elsewhere, such as the English lacemaking areas.[6]


  1. ^ Elizabeth Mincoffr. Pillow Lace. Ruth Bean. ISBN 0-903585-10-3.
  2. ^ The Lace Guild. "Italian Bobbin lace". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Maltese Crafts". VassaloMalta. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ Mrs. Bury Palliser. History of Lace. Dover Publications, Inc. p. 392. ISBN 0-486-24742-2.
  5. ^ The Lace Guild. "French Bobbin Lace". Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ Pat Earnshaw. The Identification of Lace. Shire Publications. p. 107. ISBN 0-85263-484-6.

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