Chainettes are bobbin-made tape lace worked with metal threads. They are made by weaving a single fine metal thread, the weaver, over and under the “warp” or “passive” threads of the tape. The weaver can either be woven through the other threads closely – as in a tally or Venetian plait – or be woven with a lot of space between its crossings so that the main visual effect is produced by the passive threads ...
Weaver with space between its crossings:
Weaver woven closely as in a Venetian plait:
Typical of chainettes are the loopings and crossings of the tapes.
Chainettes in a more than 100-year old sample book from the firm Gebr. Aurnhammer, Treuchtlingen/Weißenburg, Germany
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