Of all English laces, this has been the most esteemed and considered the most beautiful. It is a bobbin lace, with a bride bobbin ground, or with a net bobbin ground, or in rare cases, with a net needle ground. After the sprigs are made, on a pillow with bobbins, they are basted on coloured parchment paper to suit the shape of the piece of lace desired, and the space between is filled in with needle stitches, or "purlings" which are bobbin-made extremely narrow braids or tapes with little loops on one edge. The effect is very delicate and pretty.