Renaissance Lace With Crochet Tapes

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A few months ago I discovered these two Italian lace books that contain some Romanian Point Lace crochet patterns and instructions. I’ve posted a few sample pages below.  The term “Uncinetto Rinascimento” (which translates as Renaissance Crochet) is what is also known as “macramé crochet” or “Romanian Point Lace”.  The books are titled il Pizzo Rinascimento and il Pizzo Rinascimento 2, which translates as Renaissance Lace.  Some of the tapes are pre-made/manufactured and some are made by hand using crochet techniques.

According to Merriam Webster, the definition of Renaissance Lace is: a lace of braid or tape used for curtains and dresses : guipure —called also Battenberg lace. 

McGraw -Hill’s definition is:  A type of lace in which woven tape motifs are joined by a variety of flat stitches. 

At the website, Eras of Elegance, it describes it this way: Tape lace. This term refers to laces that include a tape in the lace as it is worked (or a machine- or hand-made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace). Through the centuries tape lace has had several names including, mezzo punto, Renaissance lace, and more recently the coarser Brussels tape known as Battenburg. Luxeuil is also famous for tape lace. This is a comparatively quick method of producing lace fabrics using pre made tape lengths mostly now made by machine. The lengths of narrow tape are joined together with connecting hand stitches, worked in an open manner.

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il Pizzo Rinascimento, books 1 and 2:

il Pizzo Rinascimento 1 and 2: Fiber Art Reflections

il Pizzo Rinascimento: Fiber Art Reflections

Each book comes with pattern sheets that are stapled into the center (as you see on the right).  All patterns can be used interchangeably with either pre-made tapes or hand-made crocheted tapes.

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Il Pizzo Rinascimento book 1: Fiber Art Reflections

il Pizzo Rinascimento book 1, 50 pages

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Although written in Italian, the instructions come with lots of great photos, making it fairly easy to follow.  For anything confusing I have just used Google Translate to help out.  Spighetta comes out “spikelet” in English, but they mean the cord or tape.

il pizzo rinascimento 2 instructions: Fiber Art Reflections

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Some of the patterns use the classic Romanian Point Lace crochet cord (macramé crochet cord) as in edging of this linen mat:

Crochet Tape Lace:  Fiber Art Reflections

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Here are the cord instructions:

Renaissance Crochet Lace: Fiber Art Reflections

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Here are instructions for a wider and flatter crocheted tape:

Flat crochet lace tape: Fiber Art Reflections

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These books give instructions for the needle lace fillings as well as for the hand-made tapes:

uncinetto rinascimento - Renaissance Crochet Lace instructions: Fiber Art Crochet

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The crochet cord/tape used for this shawl seems to be a basic chain stitch that looks like it is reinforced with some button-hole stitching.  I could be wrong about that.  If anyone knows, please leave a comment.  I tried translating it but couldn’t quite figure it out.

Crochet Tape Lace: Fiber Art Reflections

Uncinetto Rinascimento - Renaissance Crochet Lace: Fiber Art Reflections

il Pizzo Rinascimento - Renaissance tape lace: Fiber Art Reflections

The patterns for mats using manufactured tapes (as shown in the picture above)  could easily be used with crocheted cords and tapes instead.

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il Pizzo Rinascimento book 2: Fiber Art Reflections

il Pizzo Rinascimento book 2, 67 pages

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Book 2 contains even more lovely patterns for both pre-made tapes and hand-made crochet tapes and cords.

Crochet Tape Lace: Fiber Art Reflections

Renaissance Crochet Tape Lace: Fiber Art Reflections

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Here is a pretty mat which uses a crocheted tape and is sewn to linen fabric:

Renaissance Crochet Tape Lace on linen: Fiber Art Reflections

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This is just a small sampling of the patterns found in these books.  There aren’t a whole lot of books being published with Romanian Point Lace patterns, so it was a nice surprise to find these.  If you’re interested in getting these books, here are some sources I found online.  You might also try Amazon, Etsy, eBay, eBid, or Artfire:

Garden Fairies Trading Company

Casacenina

Edicola Battaglia

Lacis

Tombolo Disegni

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7 responses »

  1. The cord to which the Roumanian needlelace is anchored has a name (I forget its exact name, but it’s usually just called Roumanian cord) and has many YouTube tutorials showing how to do it – I found one shown by abirmoussad to be very useful. Since I don’t speak her language, I muted the sound and relied on the visuals – she is very good and moves through each stitch slowly enough to be able to see exactly what’s going on. I hope this has helped.
    I’ve just discovered this site – on Pinterest – and have marked it as a favourite.

    Gill(from Ireland)

  2. the cord used in the shawl is most likely single crochets done one or two strands of size ten crochet cord held together.

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