Tape Lace

Tape Lace is also known as Tape Guipere. It’s a type of needlelace where the tape is used to outline a pattern or motif and provides the foundation for the needlelace bars and stitches.

There are 17th century examples from Genoa in Italy where the tape is hand made using bobbins. This allows the tape to sit flat and curve continuously. Most of the Genoese Tape Lace pieces were imitations of Venetian Lace.

There was a revival of this style of lacemaking in the 19th century in the UK  and Ireland. The big difference between these and the earlier examples of tape lace is that the tape was machine rather than hand made.

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