This page is about something relatively new in lace publishing. In 2013 we (David and I) released a lace App for iPhone or iPod Touch, and later followed this with a version specifically for the iPad. Both are available in the Apple App Store.
The App is designed to provide a quick reference to individual styles of lace. Suppose that you want to find out something about Chantilly lace, or Coggeshall, or Cantu. No problem. Select the lace from the list, tap on the name, and voilà! A short explanation of its distinguishing features appears, with an illustration and enlarged detail of the lace. And where exactly is Cantu — or Coggeshall for that matter? Tap on the globe icon and we’ll show you on the map.
The original idea for this app was to build on the work done for the ‘Lace Styles’ pages (originally hosted on the Lace Guild website). We started with the index of over 80 laces or grounds produced for that section, and ended up with about 60 distinct styles of lace for the app. However, it turned out to be a lot more work than we had bargained for, as the individual descriptions of each style of lace had to be almost completely rewritten, and in many cases new or more appropriate photographs were needed. We separated the different grounds referred to in the main section on lace styles into their own section, and added a further section on the different types of lace (bobbin lace, tape lace, decorated net, etc.).
We hope that users will find the Lace App useful and enjoyable. Even with 60 different styles of lace, you may find one that you think we have missed. In this case let us know so that we can try to include it in a future update.
The release of iOS10 in late 2016 caused Lace for iPad to crash on launch. The iPhone version was not affected. Unfortunately there was no quick fix for this and Lace for iPad needs to be restructured and rebuilt from scratch. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and hope eventually to produce a new version. In the interim, we can offer a copy of the iPhone app to anyone who has purchased the iPad app. This can be mounted on the iPad under iOS 10 or 11, although it does not take advantage of the full area. To request a copy, please contact us via the Feedback Page.
Please use the Feedback Page for comments, suggestions or to let us know of any problems that you may have with the App, and which version — iPhone or iPad.