This mat has flowers which the petals are spirit stitches
(5.9 x 5.9 in).
The center of this mat is constituted by a part of canvas bound at the lace with
embroidering (diameter 5.12 in)
The Cluny lace is a continuous threads lace because one uses the same number of bobbins
from the beginning to the end of work.
It's executed with a thread bigger than other laces like Rosaline lace, Binche lace
or Duchess lace ; consequently it's stronger.
Flower with eight spirit stitches
Its originality consists in the presence of numerous "points d'esprits" (pehaps in
english "spirit stitch" but I'm not sure !) with oval shape. Those ones are often
placed in rosette or river.
It's difficult to realize some regular spirit stitches with sharp outlines and harmonious
shape. That depends of tension of threads and requires a great mastery of the four
bobbins which are useful for this operation. So, it takes a long practical to succeed
in it. Of course, if Cluny lace uses the oval spirit stitch principally, other shapes
can be used : square, round, rectangle... This lace hasn't got grounds ; motif are
bound the ones from others by some brides. It's difficult to know its origin because
it has been practiced into numerous countries.