Needle Lace, in Progress
For Our Daily Challenge 3/29/11, "Zoom". A very close-up view of the practice lace piece I'm working on, taken with my zoom lens. Wishing I'd had a macro lens for this one.
For notes on how it's made, hover over the image, then the boxes that appear. Pressing "L" on the keyboard will show the image larger against a black background.
Needle-made lace is one of the oldest known forms of lace-making. It was once called needlepoint, but that has since been appropriated for a more modern type of thread art. The work is so slow and precise, entire towns could be employed to make larger pieces. It was once made by stretching the pattern cloth across a pillow with pins, but it's easier to use a modern embroidery hoop for the purpose today.
Here is an example of a piece in the process of being removed from its backing.
You can also see this photo of a slightly newer form of lace, called bobbin or pillow lace.