Braidwork and Tape Lace Crochet
This is a form of tape lace is known by many names including Macramé Crochet Lace, Romanian Point Lace, Braidwork, Tape Lace, etc., . It uses crocheted cords, tapes, or braids that are filled in with needle weaving stitches. This is similar to other tape laces that use pre-made tapes such as Battenberg, Luxeuil, and Renaissance laces. A great resource is the book The Technique of Tape Lace by van den Kieboom and Huijben. It includes information on using crochet cords as the foundation for the tape lace.
Romanian Point Lace goes by many names: Tape Lace Crochet, Braidwork Crochet, Braid Lace Crochet, Macramé Crochet Lace, Renaissance Lace, Point Lace, Romanian Macramé, European Macramé, Macramé au Crochet, Croșetat dantelă din puncte si laseta, Uncinetto Rinascimento, Macramé Rumeno, Zsinórcsipke, Dentelle Roumaine, Makramee-häkeln, etc.
Visit my Pinterest Board for Romanian Point Lace Crochet to see lots of examples of this rare fiber art form which has recently been gaining in popularity.
For a great article explaining this form of lace making, go to Nordic Needle: Romanian Point Lace
Another good overview can be found in this blog post by Joanne: Romanian Point Lace Overview
Back issues of Anna Burda magazine provide instructions and patterns in Romanian Point Lace crochet – usually called Macramé Style Crochet in this magazine. A review of the March, 1981 edition can be found by clicking on the picture below:
Joanne has posted 2 great tutorials on her blog, Thread Head. Her beginner tutorial is how I learned to make Romanian Point Lace. I’m so grateful to her for getting me started.
Sylvia Murariu offers several booklets with instructions and patterns: http://www.sylviaslace.com
- Romanian Point Lace: A Course For Beginners
PieceWork magazine did a wonderful article on Romanian Point Lace crochet in their January/February 2001 edition. Includes the pattern and detailed instructions for the butterfly on the cover, a wonderful interview, and several photos of other pieces. The butterfly design is meant to be a sampler piece for practicing a variety of stitches.
Duplet-Crochet Magazine – Another Source of Patterns and Inspiration
I am in the process of collecting books and magazines with patterns for Romanian Point Lace crochet work. I will be doing a post about this soon. Sources include Anna Burda magazine, Lena magazine, Magic Crochet magazine, PieceWork magazine, old Coats Mercer-Crochet booklets, and several books. Some old Point Lace and Tape Lace books contain patterns and needle weaving stitches that adapt well to RPL work. I’ve pinned many of them to this Pinterest board.