Guipure is actually an umbrella term for a number of laces that have much in common. The lace is made both in parts as in one piece from top to bottom . The Bedfordshire lace from England is an example of a guipure, which is made in one piece from top to bottom, while the German guipure is made in parts if necessary.
The laces share in the designs the tapes, braids and tallies. In many places different solutions are used for certain details. Thus, in e.g. German guipure the crossings of the braids and tallies are made as small as possible, while in e.g. Cluny the crossings are larger and therefore can be a decoration.
Guipure laces are made throughout Europe for each region with its own characteristics, such as the above crossings and tallies. In many guipures the leaf-tallies are round shaped, but in the Bedfordshire lace, often wheat-ears are used. These are straight tallies (stretched mush), which are used as leaf-tallies.