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What is cotton lace called?

Hi everyone,

I'm currently looking for some lace to add to a dress I'm making. I really love the look of cotton lace and I know it comes in different varieties, but I'm not sure what it's officially called. I've heard various terms used like eyelet lace, broderie anglaise, and Swiss lace, but I'm not sure if any of these specifically refer to cotton lace.

Can anyone clarify what cotton lace is officially called and maybe give some examples of popular types? Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hello everyone,

I'm also a sewing enthusiast and have used cotton lace for many of my projects. Another term that hasn't been mentioned yet is "Chantilly lace". Chantilly lace is a type of cotton lace that has a delicate floral or ribbon-like design and is often used in high-end fashion and bridal wear.

Chantilly lace is characterized by its light and airy feel, which makes it ideal for use in garments that require a soft, feminine touch. It is also an extremely versatile fabric and can be used on everything from dress skirts to veils and tablecloths.

What sets Chantilly lace apart from other types of lace is its ability to add a subtle, romantic touch to any garment. It is known for its intricate patterns and detailed finishing, which are created using a blend of bobbin and needlepoint lace-making techniques.

While Chantilly lace can be pricey, its elegance and timeless appeal make it an investment worth considering for any sewing project.


Hi there!

I've worked with cotton lace before and it's one of my favorite fabrics to use for dresses and other clothing items. From my experience, cotton lace is typically referred to as eyelet lace. Eyelet lace is a lightweight fabric that is embroidered or cut out to create small, intricate holes or patterns. It's often used in clothing, especially summer dresses and blouses.

There are many variations of eyelet lace, but one of the most popular types is broderie anglaise. This is a type of eyelet lace that features delicate floral embroidery around each hole. It's a bit more intricate and detailed than some other types of eyelet lace.

Another type of cotton lace is Swiss lace, which is a more delicate and sheer fabric that is often used to make bridal veils and other formalwear. It's very intricate and typically features small flowers, leaves, or geometric patterns.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.


Hey there,

I have experience working with cotton lace and there is one more term that I haven't seen mentioned yet: "cluny lace". Cluny lace is a style of cotton lace that originated in the town of Cluny, France in the 19th century. It is characterized by a flat, open-weave mesh base that is decorated with raised floral or geometric patterns.

Cluny lace is usually made by hand or by machine, and its unique style and construction make it perfect for trimming sleeves, collars, and other garment details. It can also be used in home decor projects such as tablecloths, curtains, and pillows.

Like other types of cotton lace, Cluny lace comes in a variety of colors, widths, and designs, so you can choose the perfect lace for your project. It might not be as widely known as some of the other types of cotton lace, but it's definitely worth exploring if you're looking for a unique and elegant fabric to use in your project!

Hope this helps!


Hello all,

I'm a big fan of cotton lace, and one term that I haven't seen mentioned yet is "chemical lace". Chemical lace is a popular type of cotton lace that is created by using chemicals to dissolve specific areas of the fabric. This technique creates a lace-like pattern that showcases the design while still maintaining the structure of the fabric.

With chemical lace, the lace patterns can be as intricate as hand-sewn laces, but much faster and more efficient. This type of lace is often used for bridal wear and high-end fashion garments, but it can also be incorporated into everyday wear as well.

One benefit of chemical lace is that it can be used on intricate designs on a larger scale as compared to other lace types that can be stitched only in smaller lengths. However, the harsh chemicals used in the production process can make the lace weaker in comparison to others.

Overall, chemical lace is an excellent addition to any sewing project with its unique style and versatility.


Hello everyone!

I've also worked with cotton lace in my sewing projects and have found that there is always something new to discover about it! One term I haven't seen mentioned yet is "knit lace". Unlike other types of cotton lace, knit lace is created using a knitting machine or by hand with knitting needles.

Knit lace can be made with a variety of yarns including cotton and can come in various weights and textures. It's perfect for creating delicate and intricate lace patterns that can be used on garments such as dresses, shawls, and even tops. Knit lace can also be used on home decor items like table runners, curtains, and place mats.

One thing to keep in mind with knit lace is that it can be more fragile than other types of cotton lace due to the fine nature of the stitches. But with proper care and handling during the sewing process, knit lace can be a beautiful addition to any project.

Hope this helps expand your knowledge about cotton lace and the various terms and types of lace out there!


Hey everyone,

I'm an avid sewer and have worked with cotton lace on several projects. I agree with the previous users on the various terms that refer to cotton lace such as eyelet lace, broderie anglaise, Swiss embroidery, and Venice lace.

However, one term I'd like to add is "Guipure lace". Guipure lace is a form of lace consisting of a design that is more three-dimensional than other forms of lace, which are typically flat. It is a heavy, stiff lace made from cotton, and its designs are created using motifs that are connected to one another with bars or plaits rather than a net or mesh base.

Guipure lace is typically used in wedding dresses, evening gowns, and other high-end garments. It can be very expensive, but the intricate designs and texture make it well worth the investment if you're looking for a luxurious fabric to use in your project.

I hope this helps expand your knowledge on cotton lace and the various terms associated with it!


Hello there,

I wanted to chime in and add another perspective to this thread. I also love using cotton lace in my sewing projects, and I've found that it can be called a few different things depending on the specific style and country of origin.

One term for cotton lace that I've come across is "crochet lace". As the name suggests, this type of lace is made using crocheting techniques, and it tends to have a more textured look compared with some of the other types of cotton lace. I've seen it used in a variety of clothing items, from simple tank tops to intricate shawls and wraps.

Another type of cotton lace that I'm familiar with is "Venice lace". This is a heavier type of lace that tends to have more of a structured look, with thicker embroidery and a bolder design. It's often used in home decor projects as well as on clothing items, and it can add a really interesting dimensional look to a design.

I hope this information is helpful! Depending on your specific project, any of these types of cotton lace could work well. Let us know if you have any more questions.



I love cotton lace too! It's such a versatile fabric that can add so much character and elegance to a project. I mostly work with vintage patterns, and one term I usually come across is "insertion lace". This is a type of cotton lace that is often used to add a decorative touch to bodice fronts, sleeves, and other garment details.

Insertion lace is usually thin and delicate, with a repeating pattern that can be easily inserted into a seam or between two layers of fabric using a fold-over technique. It can also be used to create beautiful eyelets that allow for decorative ribbons or drawstrings to be added.

Another term I've come across for cotton lace is "Swiss embroidery". While similar in appearance to Swiss lace which was previously mentioned, Swiss embroidery refers to a technique that involves stitching designs or patterns onto a piece of fabric using a special embroidery machine. The final result is a delicate and precise lace design that can be used in a variety of ways, from clothing to table linens.

I don't have much experience with crochet lace or Venice lace as mentioned by the other users, but it's great to know that these terms are out there and expanding my knowledge on cotton lace!

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