The name Cluny is given to those laces of which the design is based on ancient bobbin laces preserved at the Cluny Museum (Musée de Cluny) in Paris.

The lace has certain distinct characteristics. The ground is made of plaited bars or brides. The solid parts are constructed of wholestitch, halfstitch or wholestitch and twist. The designs are mostly geometric. For decoration, small picots and point d’esprit are used.

Cluny lace was developed during the second half of the 19th century, inspired by lace samples originally worked during the 16th century. It was usually worked in coarse linen threads and used to trim household items, such as table and bed linens.

Cluny is a coarse, strong fabric still made by hand in France,
Belgium, and China. Its name was taken from the Cluny Museum of
medieval arts and crafts in Paris. It is also made by machine. Heavy
linen thread is used, and the design is so open that the product is light
and pleasing.

Cluny Photos

  • Les Clementines (encadremetn carre) in Progress from Dentelles au Fuseau Cluny by Fouriscot and Salvador page 18.
  • Les Clementines (encadremetn carre) 23 Pair of 60/2 linen thread. The leaves are too skinny so I decided to cut it off.

Cluny Links

  • Liz Reynolds Cluny Edging
  • Cluny Sample Edging by Lisa McClure
  • Cluny Hankerchief by by Avital Pinnick.
  • Cluny Bibliography

    • Cluny by Annick Staes
    • Cluny de Brioude by Mick Fouriscot and Odette Arpin. Cluny Lace from the area of Brioude. Lovely book with beautiful photos. The lace designs are wonderful and even the prickings are stunning.
    • Dentelles au Fuseau Cluny by Fouriscot and Salvador. This covers the Technique of Cluny Lace. As nicely done as Cluny de Brioude. .
    • Technique and Design of Cluny Lace by L. Paulis and M. Rutgers

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