is a bobbin lace originally produced in Mechlin. It is one of the best known Flemish laces. It is fine, transparent, and looks best when worn over another color. It was made in Mechlin, Antwerp, Lier and Turnhout. It was used for coiffures de nuit, garnitures de corset, ruffles and cravats.
Mechlin lace is known for its floral patterns, fine twisted-and-plaited, hexagonal ground, and its outlined designs. It looks much like Brussels lace, however it is made all at once, with the réseau or ground made at the same time as the pattern on the pillow. Also, the plait is shorter, and the mesh smaller than those of Brussels lace.
All Mechlin laces are outlined with a loosely spun silk cord used to define the pattern, whereas Valenciennes lace isn't. Mechlin lace is also more expensive than Valenciennes lace, as it takes more time to make because of the different réseau.
Sometimes Mechlin is grounded with an ornamental réseau, instead of the usual hexagons. In the regular , the two sides parallel to the long axis of the lace are plaited three times, and the other four sides crossed. The same threads pass across the whole width, and thus form both the ground and the pattern.
Mechlin net is a machine imitation of the Mechlin lace ground