Lace for iPhone

Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Lace — The App

This page is about a ‘first’ in lace publishing. In 2013 we (David and I) released a lace App for iPhone. October 2020 saw an update to version 1.7, supporting all the iPhone models at that time. The app is compatible with the latest version of iOS (iOS 17 at the time of writing).

The App provides 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 ‘Map’ and we’ll show you.

The original idea for this app was to build on the work done for our ‘Lace Types’ 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 about 70 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.

Lace for iPad

We also produced a version entitled Lace for iPad. However iOS10, released in late 2016, caused it to crash on launch, although the iPhone version was not affected. There was no quick fix for this, and any new version will need to be completely rebuilt. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but can offer a copy of the iPhone app to anyone who has purchased the original iPad app. This can be mounted on the iPad under iOS 10—15 although it does not take advantage of the full area. To request a copy, please contact us via the Feedback Page.


  • Where can I see a preview and purchase the Lace App?
    You can see more preview screens and current pricing on the App Store Preview website for your country. These are the British, Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Swiss and US links. To purchase on your iPhone, tap on the ‘App Store’ app and search for ‘lace’ or ‘lace app’. Look for the App with the icon shown. If your search does not find it (as has happened in some countries with relatively low sales), search for the developer, ‘David Leader’, instead.
  • Why is the Lace App not available in the EU?
    Unfortunately compliance with the 2024 EU Digital Services Act would have required us to allow Apple to publish our home address and phone number. As private individuals we are not willing to allow this and so have withdrawn the app from the App Store in all EU countries.
  • Is there a version planned for Android?
    Not at the moment. Currently our focus is on Apple mobile devices.
  • Is the Lace App available in languages other than English?
    Unfortunately not. (But if you care to volunteer to translate it…)