Until the present century no lace was heard of but pillow-lace,—a domestic manufacture, of which Honiton was the most famous seat.
Flanders claims to be the birthplace of pillow-lace—dentelles aux fuseaux—and disputes with Italy the invention of lace generally.
Another local industry in the county is the manufacture of pillow-lace.
pillow-lace made with bobbins was invented by a woman in Saxony about the middle of the sixteenth century.
pillow-lace was preceded in England, as elsewhere, by darned netting and cut-work.
It was not necessary for Mrs. Ruth to take her attention off the pillow-lace she was at work upon.
The making of pillow-lace was formerly carried on extensively, but practically ceased with the introduction of machinery.