Lace is an openwork fabric—a network of threads in elaborate and decorative patterns. There are many methods for making the multitude of different types of lace including needle, bobbin, knotting, cutwork, crocheting and knitting. Lace has been machine-made since ca. 1760—especially from the 19th-century on—while handmade lace is still made and highly valued.
Lace is also occasionally the subject of fabric prints.