Bobbinlace Beginners

For all beginners in bobbin lace who need a little help, and for experienced lace makers who are willing to assist.  Learn how to make bobbin lace.  Learn bobbin lace.  Bobbin lace lessons.  Bobbin lace tutorial.  For other bobbin lace tutorials online, and for discussion of bobbin lace structure, look in the next right column for the red link ONLINE RESOURCES.

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Bobbin Lace Beginner Lessons and Resources


Beginner Lessons

For paintings of the garments worn at the time LePompe was published, see this.  Look for March 6, 2012. 

Both the 2nd and 3rd and 5th are from LePompe, the oldest known pattern book, dating from the mid 16th century.


The bottom row is from BOBBIN LACE LESSON-CLOTH STRIP.

Bobbin lace basics

Plaited lace lesson 1 

Plaited lace lesson 2 

Plaited lace lesson 3 

Plaited lace lesson 4    

Lesson 5 Tallies  

Plaited lace lesson 6 

Plaited lace lesson 7

Tape lace lesson DMC #47

Tape Lace Mat 


The Circle at right is another way to learn the basic stitches.

Find pattern.

Jo Edkins website with lots of torchon patterns and information for beginners:

Discussion Forum

What's wrong with my picots? 6 Replies

Started by Sharon. Last reply by Sharon Oct 20.

Attaching lace to fabric 12 Replies

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Threads-Beginners 9 Replies

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How do I keep my prickings flat? 5 Replies

Started by Fern Moore. Last reply by Kate Bainbridge Jun 14.

Does lace have a right side/wrong side? 8 Replies

Started by Sharon. Last reply by Fern Moore Jun 13.

Beginning samplers. 20 Replies

Started by Brad Rohr. Last reply by Brad Rohr Mar 21.

Tensioning passives in a Torchon fan 13 Replies

Started by Sharon. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Mar 18.

Crimes against Lace - Confess! 13 Replies

Started by Sharon. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Mar 10.

Working a stitch in the hands rather than on the pillow 3 Replies

Started by Jo Edkins. Last reply by Nancy M. Terselic Feb 27.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT-Beginners 12 Replies

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Beginner Pattern Sizing question 9 Replies

Started by Sunela Thomas. Last reply by Sunela Thomas Oct 27, 2014.

Lessons from Jo Edkins website 23 Replies

Started by Administrator. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti Jul 21, 2014.

Cluny Leaves - Tallies (wording??) I am stuck.. 26 Replies

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Deep in thought 8 Replies

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on October 18, 2015 at 9:59pm

I wish my tallies all looked that good, - and what nimble fingers. I wish mine were like that!

The Princess cords are useful to make a thicker line than just a normal gimp gives.

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on October 16, 2015 at 4:13pm

Wow...just wow on the tallies.   Like many lacers, tallies are my bane (them and picots).   I do mine on the bolster, too, but I just cannot get them to come out right.  I am interested in the fact that she really isn't tightening them with each pass, just allowing each line to slowly push up the previous ones and thus avoid over tensioning.

Comment by Administrator on October 16, 2015 at 2:52pm

How to make a ganse Princesse -- a cord of 2 thick threads and 2 thin threads. It ends up looking like woven bars made in needle laces and reticella. This element occurs in Cluny laces.

Comment by Administrator on October 16, 2015 at 2:43pm

Another way of handling bobbins to make tallies - holding them in the hands, with a bolster pillow.

Comment by Administrator on September 24, 2015 at 2:45am

Some simple book mark patterns, with instructions, from Alex Stillwell

Comment by Jo Edkins on May 17, 2015 at 4:58pm

I heard of these laces from someone from Panama, now living in Europe, who wanted to learn lace so she could make the Panama national dress, which has this lace as trims and insertions. She sent me some photos. I had a look on the web, found some more pictures and websites, and got fascinated. There is an account here but that is by a tourist. I have no idea as to the history of this lace - that website seems to suggest a Spanish origin. I did wonder if there was perhaps a single lace teacher in Panama somewhere who started this style as something simple to do yet striking with its different colours. Sorry - this is wandering from what should be posted in the Beginner's forum! But I did want to bring these patterns to the notice of beginners as something fun to do, and with a genuine background.

Comment by Administrator on May 17, 2015 at 4:41pm

Jo - you have done a lot of work on those laces! Thank you for taking the time to do it, and to post it all on your site. That kind of pillow, a wheel, is used for the freehand laces made in the mountainous borderland between France, Italy and Switzerland. Apparently it traveled to the new world as well. This is the first I have heard of it. One of the freehand laces is from the town of Queyras and from Maurienne.  They were made with pins only along the outer margin, and the interior was all controlled with tension alone.  The color in your examples adds another dimension.  For examples of the pillows, look here.

Comment by Jo Edkins on May 13, 2015 at 4:44am

I'm not suggesting that beginners do this without pins! I put the pinholes in my patterns. I thought of it as a stage 2 - when beginners start to get bored of simple bookmarks and want to try something different.

Comment by Kate Bainbridge on May 13, 2015 at 2:56am
Jo, I sus that these lace patterns are a bit harder than they look. I am not sure I could manage rose ground with no pins, but I am going to have a go! I particularly like the patterns with fans.
Thanks for this.
Comment by Jo Edkins on May 12, 2015 at 1:31pm

I have just discovered a type of bobbin lace which I want to mention here, because I think that it is very suitable for beginners. It is made in Panama, and is used in their national dress. They are very simple Torchon designs, but they use colour in a clever way to produce interesting effects.

I've put together some photos from the web, plus the patterns to make them, on my website.

In fact, it looks as if the Panama lacemakers make them freehand. However, they are simple patterns, and such fun to make, so I would encourage any beginners to have a go!

If anyone is expert in this type of lace, and wants to point out any errors I have made, then please do! I have been working entirely from the photos.


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