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Vintage Lace

Enjoy the timeless beauty of exquisite Vintage Lace

Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread available in many patterns but is usually in an open web-like pattern, spun by machine or by hand. Lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available.  

White Tree Fabrics is based in Nottingham; a city famed for its lace industry; and selects its vintage cuts from the very best quality sources. During the days of the British Empire, Nottingham was a world leader in lace making and vintage lace in particular.

The word lace come Middle English and in old French was known as las. It’s Latin name is laceum and comes from laqueus, noose; probably akin to lacere, to entice or ensnare. Lace is thought to have been invented in the 1400s although the rapid development of the fabric was in the late 1500s; as fashion and home décor became influenced by both by needle and bobbin. Needle lace was used for collars and cuffs.

Lace established early popularity in the early Catholic Church for use in religious ceremonies; but it did not come into widespread use until the 16th century in the north-western part of the European continent. The establishment of cottage industries helped it to spread across the continent reaching across the Atlantic in the 19th century. St John Francis Regis became the Patron Saint of lace after establishing them as lace makers and the Industrial revolution gave rise to the lace machine.

Lace has been used for Victorian wedding and tea dresses; flapper dresses in roaring twenties and christening gowns down the ages including the one worn by every Royal baby since 1841; including the 2008 replica donned by Prince George and Princess Charlotte. As such lace transcends the ages and is a fabric that never fails to make a statement; embracing femininity; grace and elegance.

Since Queen Victoria made it popular, many brides opt for lace as their wedding material. Timeless vintage lace collections adorn the wedding shops and cafe's making a multi-million pound industry. In fact, lace was a big catwalk trend last summer; with creations by Chloé and Erdem, Louis Vuitton. Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa.  

That said, use of vintage lace is not resigned to dresses and curtains; trims are also widely used to enhance wedding invitations, favours and stationary in addition to cakes, table decorations, cards, memory albums, dolls clothes, bed linen and hair ornaments, brooches. Pieces range in size from small samples of lace to larger sheets. 

In fact antique and vintage lace inspired clothing of an ethereal theme has been making a revival. There are more than 15 vintage styles available in White Tree Fabric's range. Choose from corded flower patterns, corded vintage lace; classic vintage lace, small flower lace and more.

Here at WhiteTree Fabrics, we have a very broad selection of lace fabrics in many different styles and colours, with the number of lace products we have in stock numbering over 700.  Our lace styles include Printed Lace, Floral Lace, Rigid Lace, Stretch Lace, Corded Lace, Crochet Lace, Foiled Lace, Bridal Lace, Guipure Lace, Geometric Lace, Embroidered Lace, Vintage Lace, and Metallic Lace. We aim to offer you the largest variety so that you can find the lace that you are looking for, for your own sewing projects.

View our extensive fabric collection and choose from over 1600 designs, in varying patterns and colours. If there's something you're looking for that you can't seem to find, then please contact us. Chances are we can get it and we would much rather stock the lovely things that you want to buy so that our shop offers the best selection possible.

If you would like a sample of any of our fabrics, simply click on a fabric on our website and click “Add Sample to Cart”. You can order up to 10 free samples.

Enjoy your visit to our site and please contact us ion the phone on +44(0) 115 9248666, or email us at if you have any queries.


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