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 


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

Find pattern.

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Comment by Administrator on June 2, 2014 at 2:36pm

Very pretty. I am eager to see it finished!

Comment by Magda on June 2, 2014 at 2:13pm

Marie Jo, quel beau morceau de dentelle que vous avez fait!

Comment by marie jo eykerman on June 2, 2014 at 9:33am

voici un modele qui résume beaucoup la technique dentelle torchon

Comment by Administrator on October 10, 2013 at 2:33pm

When you are beginning I think everyone watches the bobbins.  But an experienced lacemaker eventually learns to look at the pricking, at the holes just below that last few that she set.  Then as she touches each bobbins she sees the thread attached to it wiggle.  That is how she knows what bobbins to pick up.

When you get to the end of a row you should carefully tension the bobbins.  After you have set the edge pin, pull gently but firmly on the pair that went all across the row, and simultaneously pull on each other pair, starting on the side furthest from the last pin you set.  Pull firmly enough to remove all the slack.  A straight line is the shortest distance between 2 points.  The pins are the points.  In most bobbin laces (especially those that most beginners start with) you want the thread paths to be straight lines.

Comment by Joanne Edwardson on October 10, 2013 at 3:37am

So the story so far... I have everything ready to start except a pillow, after many late nights on the internet I decided to make one. It turned out pretty good I think, I now have enough to make a second one and the birds are glad for the straw. I have started a sampler to show the different stiches, I thought that I was doing well the I realised that I was watching the bobbins. Big Mistake! When I looked up, hooley dooley what a mess. So needless to say I have just spent the last 30 minutes undoing back to where it looked ok. I am glad that this happened because I learnt a good lesson - it's not the end of the world if you make a mistake oh and maybe it's not a good idea to watch your bobbins. 

Comment by Administrator on October 9, 2013 at 4:31pm

Joanne: Do keep us posted on your progress.

Comment by Joanne Edwardson on October 6, 2013 at 8:01pm

Thanks for the help to take that first step.

Comment by Kate Bainbridge on October 6, 2013 at 7:32am
I saw this rope art on TV. It was quite impressive. Kate
Comment by Jo Edkins on October 6, 2013 at 6:24am

I don't think that you should get too hung up on pattern size, or even the relationship between pattern and thread size. Just have a go with whatever you feel happy with, and look at the result. Too large a pattern with too small a thread width does make a 'gappy' result - a bit floppy! Too small a pattern with too large a thread width means that cloth stitch gets too tightly woven. But between those limits there is a wide group of acceptable results. It may not look quite the same as the original, but be brave! Strike out for yourself!

In Bedford a year or so ago, they made 'bobbin' lace with thick rope as an art exhibition....

Comment by Karla Breaux on October 6, 2013 at 6:17am

I use what ever graft paper I have on hand, then use my computer to enlarge or shink to the size that I want.


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