Melissa from d’Italia talks about the differences between Chantilly, Guipure, quartered, scalloped and tulle lace.
"Now everyone’s heard of laces: Chantillies, quartered, Guippures - but not many people actually know what they are. d’Italia has got a wide variety of choices for laces and these are just some of them.
Chantilly is very fine, has a beautiful scalloped edge and has a very prominent pattern through it. Chantillies can come either fully embellished or you’ll find some very sparse designs through them.
Our Guippure laces are usually a silk and cotton mix. This one is actually quite special because it’s 3-D, so it’s bold, prominent and also has a couple of layers through it. You’ve got the single layer and then the top layer, which gives it that 3-D effect. This is also great lace for appliquéing with. The good thing with having a Guippire is that it’s quite bold and beautiful. It’s a strong fabric so it doesn’t fray. You can cut around a flower and appliqué it into certain spots.
Quartered lace is a lot finer than a Guippure lace, but it’s a little bit heavier than a Chantilly lace. It also has a quartered trimming along the lace, hence the name quartered lace. You’ll also find them beaded and non-beaded. A lot of them will also, like most laces, have scalloped edges.
You will also find laces that are scalloped all the way through. This is great for appliquéing or just for a full bodice. For a full bodice, you can do it along the top, or you can also fold it and have the scallops neatly sitting across each other. This one is also great, because if you just want it to have a little bit on the neckline or on your shoulder or anything like that, you can. Again you can cut these into strips and appliqué them where you would like.
Beaded tulles are quite wide, as tulles are usually 150 centimetres wide. The ones that we have here are 130 centimetres wide. Again, like most laces, they’ve got a beautiful scalloped edge and beaded. We have one that is beaded and embellished all the way up - so it’s great for a full length gown.
And there you go, the different kinds of laces we have at d’Italia."
* Filet lace is a form of decorative netting and as such can be presumed to have derived at some point from the net-making that a fishing community would require.