Our Lace Fabric Collection by James Hare is a stunning range of delicate fabrics and trims. Lace is made of yarn or thread in an open web-like pattern, either by machine or by hand. It adds elegance and refinement to your Wedding Dress and of course, sexy Lingerie. It is described as ‘A delicate fabric in an open weave repeating pattern’, a staple among designers and can be layered up or used on its own to create stunning garments for any occasion.
The collection includes Guipure Lace, Corded Lace, Bow Lace, Chantilly Lace, Levers Lace, Venetian Lace, Raschel Lace or French Paisley Lace to name but a few.
Originally lace was made with linen, silk, gold or silver threads but now, it is often made with synthetic or cotton thread, although silk and linen threads are still available. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread. It's difficult to pinpoint the beginning of lace but its thought it originated in Venice.
Rapid development of lace began in the late 16th century when the popularity of this stunning work of art soared. In 1840, Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress had lace on it, influencing the Wedding Dress style until now. Furthermore, in North America during the 19th century, missionaries spread the knowledge of lace making to the Native American tribes.
Lace fabric and trims offer many wonderful possibilities. Working with lace can be a time consuming process but one which is very rewarding. It requires skill and dedication with couture sewing techniques applied to the construction. Applied as decorative detailing, as an overlay in fashion or on its own; you can apply it to Collars, Bridal Gowns or Wedding Dresses, Evening Gowns, Ball Gowns and Prom Dresses alike. Often applied as detail to table cloths, used as a trim or in Appliques. It has also become a classic favourite for lampshades, windows or cushions in recent times.