Needle lace is truly the pinnacle
lace-making arts, as it is the most
flexible, and also the most time-consuming.
It consists of using a
needle to stitch up hundreds
and hundreds of little stitches to form the lace itself.
Work is generally started by securing the main, heavier
guiding threads onto a stiff background (eg thick paper)
with stitches that can later be removed. The work then in
a variety of stitches - the most basic being a variety of
blanket stitch. When the entire area is covered with the
stitching, the stay-stitches are released and the lace comes
away from the paper.