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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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Moving lace on the pillow and runing threads over dense areas... how? 9 Replies

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Comment by Jo Edkins on Sunday

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 http://trans-americas.com/blog/2014/12/lace-makers-azuero-peninsula... 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 Sunday

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. 

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/bobbin-lace-pillows-bobbins-...

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.
See http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/panama.htm

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.

Comment by Kim Marie on April 24, 2015 at 7:21am

I will, thanks Elizabeth.  As a beginner I am so amazed at all the different types of lace.  I'm quite enjoying exploring all of the different methods to making lace.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on April 23, 2015 at 9:04pm

Kim, check out Milanese lace, too.  That is a sort of tape/braid lace, - and has lots of different stitches to make decorative braids. Milanese is a very pretty lace. fancy stitches, and colour, too! Louise Colgan is the expert with this lace, and has made gorgeous coloured pieces.

Comment by Kim Marie on April 23, 2015 at 6:28am

Thanks very much Lorelei, the diagrams are very helpful.  I totally forgot about the tape laces group too, I'll have another look through those resources.  

Comment by Administrator on April 22, 2015 at 5:29pm

Kim - be sure to check out the resources in our BOBBIN TAPE LACES group. There are lots more.

http://laceioli.ning.com/group/bobbin-made-tape-laces-braid-laces

Lorelei

Comment by Administrator on April 22, 2015 at 5:27pm

gimp in a tape

 
 
 

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