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 about 1/3 down the page. 

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:

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Comment by Jenny on June 9, 2017 at 7:04pm

Morning All, I am not a beginner lace maker, but am a beginner at doing bobbin lace handkerchief edges.

How do you all handle larger prickings? I was advised to make a whole pricking of my edge , and this has caused some issues. On my cookie pillow, the bobbins fall off the edge, and I seem to be working on the edge of the pillow all the time which I find uncomfortable. I purchased a 9 block pillow that I thought would be better, being able to move the blocks around as I needed. Although it has been better to work on, half of the pricking is now sitting off the pillow as I make my way around the edge.I have had to remove pins from the beginning and am hoping that this will not cause an issue with the final join.

So what do all you experienced lace makers do when it comes to larger pieces, especially handkerchief edges? I am open to all suggestions and ideas.

Thanks in advance,

Jenny in Sydney

Comment by Administrator on March 31, 2017 at 6:12pm 

Sandra - that link is the result of a search on our members' list for people living in your area. I entered the search as       Milwaukee, WI

Look at our NOTES, the specific one is HOW THE SOFTWARE WORKS. Look at paragraph 8.  I will also ask on facebook.

OOps, no facebook person

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 31, 2017 at 5:47pm

Definitely do not give up Bobbin Lace, Sandra.  It can seem very confusing at the beginning, especially if you do not have a teacher, but learning from books.  Post your lost comment again. sometimes they disappear into the ether, so just re-post it, and I am sure we can help!

Comment by Jo Edkins on March 31, 2017 at 5:39pm

I meant - did you actually have a specific problem with making your lace (as opposed to not finding a lace group locally)?

Comment by Sandra Popek on March 31, 2017 at 5:22pm

Posted a comment 20 hours ago and then someone else had some of the same problem. She posted he coment which she carried on a conversation with and my comment just got lost in the sea of other post.  I don't know if there is rules for posting your comment again or is something telling me I am not suppose to learn Bobbin Lace

Comment by Jo Edkins on March 31, 2017 at 2:58pm

What is frustrating you, Sandra? Perhaps we can help!

Comment by Sandra Popek on March 31, 2017 at 12:48pm

I am totally frustrated! Maybe I am not meant to learn Bobbin Lace!

Comment by Lisa Davy on March 31, 2017 at 12:40pm

I too am using books but I could make so much more progress and have so much more fun with people!

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on March 31, 2017 at 12:25pm

I, too, understand.  I taught myself bobbin lace from books (and using Jo's site)since I could find no teachers.  I love connecting with other lacers and can do so a couple times a year at different events we travel to (nothing local to me in SW Ohio), but otherwise it's been a lonely road.   I teach now in the hopes starting out more bobbin lacers and perhaps building new lace communities! 

Comment by Lisa Davy on March 31, 2017 at 11:24am

I am in the northern central part of NH. I have talked to that group in Mass and intended to make it to a meeting or two but it is a 2 hour+ drive each way, and depending on where exactly they are holding the meetings. I just haven't made it to one. If someone was closer it would be so much easier!  I would love to indoctrinate a whole bunch of locals into the wonderfulness of bobbin lace. I describe it as a cross between a craft and a puzzle and most of us crafters also love puzzles so it is an easy sell in my mind....


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