Bedfordshire bobbin lace is a braid/plait based straight lace.  The designs usually involve a graceful clothwork trail that meanders through the design, and are usually curvilinear rather than geometric (except for the simplest ones).  The ground is usually a 4 strand plait/braid, often with picots.  The more complex designs often require threads to be constantly added and removed to achieve a good density.

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Hi all: I have always only done torchon lace and am now learning to do Bedfordshire lace. I am looking for basic advice. How does one know when to leave the pins standing up and when to push them all…Continue

Started by Sheila Antell. Last reply by Helen Bell Dec 29, 2016.

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Comment by Administrator on September 26, 2017 at 11:57pm

Looks great Jenny. May I ask you to post it to our PHOTOS section? That way we can find it again by doing image searches.  Read paragraph 5 in this NOTE -- 

Comment by Jenny on September 26, 2017 at 6:41pm

Have finally finished my first ever bobbin lace hankie edge, with all it's mistakes and imperfections.

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 8:23pm

Thanks, and thanks again for all your help

Comment by Administrator on September 6, 2017 at 8:00pm

Looks good, Jenny!

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 6:12pm

And this is the finished piece ready to be mounted

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 6:11pm

This is the right side

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 6:10pm

Morning All,

Well, I have done my join, finished off the ends, and am ready to mount my edge to handkercheif Linen. First time I have done a join in Bedfordshire, first time doing a bobbin lace handkie edge, first time using linen thread, and first time working these flowers.

Comment by Jenny on September 5, 2017 at 11:30pm

Lorelei, Thank you. Makes sense planning  endings before beginnings. something to add to the back of the brain for the next one. Your pages are fabulous, I must look at them more often.

I have finished off half the ends behind the foot side, and about to tackle the others . I'll post a pic when I am done

I am happy I have finished the edge, it has been a huge learning curve in more ways than one. I struggled with the thread choice, my teacher told me linen, but I have snapped and broken it so many times I can now do joins with my eyes closed.The slubs in the linen were also a pain when it came to tension. The flowers were also a challenge, but I put it all down the thread. I am going to do them again one day soon in a different smooth thread to get them better. This edge may not be my best piece, but I have done it, and I am proud that I have. My teacher was not to keen on me doing this one, so I have done it by myself at home. 

Comment by Administrator on September 5, 2017 at 7:22pm

For dealing with the threads that will attach to other braids -- one possibility would be to take 3 of the threads from a braid and lay them behind the start point, using the 4th thread to wrap the beginning braid +3. I have also seen some lace makers using tallies to hide ends. (Of course being very careful not to snag tally threads and damage the tally.)

As I understand it, the most elegant solution is to plan for the ending before you even hang on, planning on having ending braids change direction, so all can be hidden behind the footside.  Here is an example (on a simpler design) where I explain how these changes of direction at the ending can work. Obviously, this doesn't help your current situation, but for future reference.

This diagram is explained on this web page, about 60% down the file.


Comment by Jenny on September 4, 2017 at 9:17pm

Thank you Lorelei. I didn't even think of bundling together  in this instance. I left plenty of thread when I cut the bobbins off to do something with. On the foot side I think I will be OK, but it's where plait joins a plait I was worried about. I might plait them together & run behind a plait into the foot side. Unless some else has another idea.


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