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Sometimes it’s overwhelming how many laces and options we have. It can be a challenge to understand what lace do you want or need for that perfect next project. Let’s try to sort things out!
Lace name: what's in it?
- Lace name — well, that’s obvious.
- Width in cm — we measure laces in metric units. But you can always ask Google for help!
- Special — our tricky code. E for re-embroidery, B for beaded, A for appliques.
- Primary color — usually background, main color.
- Secondary color — an accent, cord or pattern color.
Laces used to be classified by regions and methods of knitting: needlepoint laces like Chantilly and Alencon, bobbin laces like Venetian and Brussels… But modern laces are a lot more diverse and sometimes it’s hard to tell what type of lace it is.
We still use these lace names from the 16th century to describe french laces, but nowadays people sometimes mean different things under the same name. So to avoid any confusion we describe here our categories.
Here's our classification, how laces are arranged in our store:
All laces of white and off-white color. Any width, any composition any type of lace.
Sure there are lots of laces!
But you can use product filters on the left sidebar to narrow down the selection.
All laces with a backing bobbinet tulle net are here.
If you need anything with a tender tulle — that’s your one-stop destination.
All laces without a backing bobbinet tulle are here. Yes, it’s that simple.
Most of these laces are made of cotton blended fabrics.
Macrame, Venetian and Embroidery laces — especially thick laces. Like an embroidery without a backing fabric, they are also here!
All re-embroidered, embellished, special and most exclusive laces are here.
This is a section for the most expensive laces, featuring cord thread embroidery above the lace pattern, beads, Swarovski crystals, leather and lace appliques.
All laces with a high amount of wool fibers are here.
Wool laces are usually a very particular choice. So we added a whole separate section for them.
Almost all wool laces are also Guipure laces. They are thicker than any other lace and warm. Great for outwear and evening gowns for those chilly night cocktails.
We separated all narrow laces from 4 to 40 cm wide into this category. So they don’t bother you in other primary categories.
Premium bobbinet tulle fabrics made on Leavers looms.
This is the highest quality tulle available on the market.
We can get you tulle in any color for wholesale orders above 200 meters per color.
There’re a lot of different fibers and types of fabric composition. Most of our laces are a blend of 2, 3 or even 4 types of fibers. It can be a natural yarn: Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen; semi-synthetic: Rayon (Viscose) or synthetic: Nylon (Polyamide), Polyester.
And synthetic doesn’t mean it is in any way inferior. Different blends are only created for different fabric properties and do not affect lace price.
All types of composition are coded in abbreviations. Here’re all types of fibers you can find in our laces:
Cotton — CO
Gives lace that natural, heritage feel. Laces with high amount of cotton are less elastic and a little more thick and stiff. The most classic Chantilly laces like Kate Middleton’s lace are 50% Cotton and 50% Nylon.
All Lyon laces are 100% Cotton.
Nylon (Polyamide) — PA
It is used instead of silk for practical reasons. Laces with lots of Nylon are the most thin and flowy, almost invisible.
Rayon (Viscose) — CV
Like Nylon this is quite light and thin yarn. But in some lace it can be stiff enough for you to create some volume with lace (for example for a skirt). And it can be shiny, to add a little sparkle.
Polyester — PES
It is very rarely used as it is, mostly we have laces with metallic polyester (lurex), so all golden/silver/bronze metallic effect laces have it in the composition.
Wool and Angora Wool — WO, WA
All wool is the best quality virgin wool and specifically labeled soft angora rabbit wool (WA).
Wool laces are the thickest we have. This is a very original and hard to find fabric.
Silk — SE
Nowadays it is rarely used in laces. But you can order silk bobbinet tulle!
This is the trickiest part. Choosing the right color is very difficult, especially when you need to match the lace color to something you have.
Our first recommendation is to go the other way and to match all fabrics and linings to the lace color you bought. Laces are harder to choose and to find, so may be it makes sense to build everything on top of the chosen lace.
The next obstacle is that different fabric compositions take dyeing differently, so the same color can be quite different on different textiles.
And the last, but not least problem is the lighting. There are different lighting types (ambient, direct) and lighting temperatures (daylight, cool led, candles, etc) that can affect the perception of color. And of course different displays are inaccurate in their own way.
We take photo-shooting very seriously and use professional equipment and same environment. Our test display is close to what you will see on the iPad or Macbook Air. That’s as close as we can get.
For off-white, wedding laces we have a special blog post, here read it: Whiter shade of lace.
How can you get the perfect color:
- Get yourself a Pantone color guide. This one: http://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=998&ca=1 We match all laces with Pantone Uncoated colors on the photos.
- Send us a sample and we can make a picture with a lace next to it. Or ask us to make more pictures of any lace. Just contact us!
- Order samples! We offer 10 cm wide samples of any lace (but you need to buy at least 10 samples).
- We accept refunds on full uncut bolts of lace (4-5 meters), or you can return any lace cut and get a shop credit to choose another lace.