Now, the above picture is rather simplistic, but several of our guild members have examples of much more complicated paper lace in their shops.
For instance, Susan at Rosa Mystica (http://www.etsy.com/shop/rosamystica) has two vintage holy cards bordered with paper lace. Look carefully at the intricate design on the one below. She writes that the cards are from the 19th century. With the industrial revolution already underway at that point in time, I suppose the border could have been machine made, but I like to think that it was hand crafted or at least manually made with a press.
Next is a 1928 German folkart Sacred Heart badge surrounded by a wide and beautiful border of paper lace that is then hand laced around the center piece of fabric. This can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRecycledCatholic.
Finally, Cassie at http://www.etsy.com/shop/chicgiftsbysass has utilized strips of paper lace to mimic fondant icing on her lovely diaper cake.
Who knew paper could be so beautiful and add so much charm to our arts and crafts?