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RAGUSA. (See Point de Ragusa.) There is little doubt that Ragusa, in the Sixteenth Century, produced contemporaneously with Venice, the earliest reticella laces; raised Venice point was made also in Ragusa. The term Ragusa point relates to the needle-point work done there, but bobbin work was also attempted at Ragusa, and Ragusa plaited lace and Ragusa tatting were common.

RAISED POINT. The type of needle-point lace that is raised or padded as distinguished from Flat or Plat point.

RATINE. The term applies usually to coarse cotton laces having a groundwork like Turkish toweling, rough looped. It is made by machinery.

RATTWIK. Bobbin lace made by Swedish peasants, sometimes called Dalecarlian lace.

REGENCY POINT. Lace made in Bedfordshire during the period of the Regency was called Regency lace. It was characterized by a complicated ground which showed a tape-like formation. It was very tedious to make.

RENAISSANCE. Renaissance lace is a tape lace, a modern product. The tape is furnished in various qualities, the coarser grades being used for curtain purposes. The tape is formed into patterns and the parts caught together as shown in the illustration. RESEAU. Ground work of small meshes.

REZEL, REZEUIL. Same as Reseau.

RETICELLA. Reticella was the earliest of needle-point laces. It was a development of cut-work and drawn-work. The fabric in the beginning had a design cut out and the edge was then buttonholed. Brides and picots were introduced at intervals and the simplest geometrical outlines were followed. Greater variety was shown later on. Circles were introduced and finally the foundation fabric or cut-work was abandoned and the work entered entirely upon the needle-work for results. This was the beginning of lace [.......]

RHODES. With Crete and Cyprus and the other islands of the Grecian Sea, Rhodes became famous for its cut-work and Reticella. At present Tambour and colored silk work are made there.

RICAMO A RETICELLA. (It.) Darning on net.

RIPANNE OR RIPON. A coarse bobbin lace was made at Ripon, in Yorkshire, at the end of the Eighteenth Century.

ROMAN. A term synonomous with Greek Point or Reticella.

ROSE POINT. A fine type of Venetian Point, called Rose Point to distinguish it from Gros point. See Venice or Venise.

ROSS. At New Ross, Ireland, there are many convent schools where lace is made.

RUN. A lace which has a thread run in with a needle through the net like a darning, by hand; where done by machinery it consists of a chain stitch. See Limerick.

RUSSIAN. Russian lace may be any kind of lace, but old Russian lace of the greatest repute was called Point de Moscow, which was Venice Point. In old Russian cut-work, darned-net and drawn-work colors were frequently used and silk was introduced.