What I love about lace are the open structures created by manipulating threads and their dialogue with the wider environment. Lace making whether needle or bobbin has a long history mainly as an adornment on clothes, household and ecclesiastical textiles. 

Generally when describing lace you can divide it into the following: bobbin,  tatted/ knotted, needle, knitted lace. 

Contemporary lace techniques continue centuries old lace traditions. Contemporary lace practice is now treated as a classic lace technique in itself.

Some contemporary lace grounds have an affinity with Freehand Lace techniques. Pins are placed down the two edges of the lace whilst the contemporary ground is unsupported in between. You can also use classic point ground or ‘tulle’ lace techniques such as Tønder Lace. You could classify this as ‘Irregular Tulle’  It is helpful have a thorough knowledge of basic lace techniques such as Freehand, Tønder, Bedfordshire and Torchon in order to then experiment. It has been said that you can’t through the rule book out unless you understand fully the rules in the first place!