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Bobbin lace headsides

Lace usually has two edges. A straight edge is called a footside and the wavy or frilly edge is called a headside. It is possible for a piece of lace to have two headsides (such as in a bookmark) or two footsides. Some headsides are reasonably straight so it can be hard to tell the difference!

In British bobbin lace, the headside is usually worked on the left. Other lace traditions work the headside on the right. This makes no difference, as you can just turn the finished piece of lace over. Anyway, if you have both sides the same, you need to work these from either side. This website will show the British direction.

The Dutch for headsides is Buitenranden.

It is important to tighten the threads in a headside. The threads change direction at the edge, and this can lead to looseness, or even a loop appearing. This will be very noticeable. The human eye is very unforgiving of wobbles at an edge!


Torchon headsides


Fans:

pic of lace Fan       pic of lace Twisted passives       pic of lace Twisted workers       pic of lace Twisted both       pic of lace Edge (1)       pic of lace Edge (2)       pic of lace Heart headside       pic of lace Fan with hole       pic of lace Fan with tally       pic of lace Complex fan

Scallops:

pic of lace Scallop       pic of lace Cloth scallop       pic of lace Mixed scallop       pic of lace Stemless scallop       pic of lace Cloth stemless scallop       pic of lace Half stitch stemless scallop       pic of lace Edged scallop

Other Torchon:

pic of lace Zigzag headside


Bucks Point headsides


pic of lace Fan       pic of lace Picots and passives headside       pic of lace Trail


Plaited headsides


English Midland:

pic of lace Nine pin       pic of lace Crown       pic of lace Trail

Cluny:
pic of lace Cluny edge

Other:
pic of lace Simple plaited       pic of lace Maltese headside


Other


pic of lace Fringed edge       pic of lace Sri Lanka headside       pic of lace French fan       pic of lace Rose ground edge       pic of lace Picots headside       pic of lace Triple picots edge