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 Elizabeth Ligeti on Tuesday

Your site, Jo, is Excellent, - especially the diagrams, and the animated ones are marvellous. Very well done, and Thank you  for it.

Comment by Jo Edkins on Monday

I call it a scallop, because the ridges look like a scallop to me. I didn't learn that from anyone, but I read about a scallop in early Dutch lace (without an explanation) and immediately thought "I'll call this headside a scallop!" Previously I'd called it a twisted fan, but the workers' behaviour is quite different to a 'normal' fan, so I wanted a different word. By the way, see my page for a photo, diagram, and animation (moving picture), plus description, of how to make this. This thread has already mentioned another page of mine. I cover quite a lot of Torchon plus a bit of Bucks Point. Plus some free patterns as well. All indexed here:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on Monday

I know this edge as a Fish Tail Fan. 

This is where Lacemaking is hard - we call the same feature by so many different names, - and it all gets confusing!!

It is Really good when you clever people can highlight with a coloured pen, the bits you are helping someone with.  Lorelei, your diagrams are always excellent, and Nancy , this one is Really good too.  I wish you had both had been around when I started learning!! - and this site, too!!! :)

Comment by Margaret Howerton on Sunday
That does make better sense but the pattern had the worker pair and wasn't clear how to add in. This does help. Thanks
Comment by Administrator on Sunday

Nancy - good diagram! Although I would call this motif a shell. We don't yet have a universally agreed set of terminology.

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on Sunday

Fans are fun!  I don't know if this is similar to the one you're working on, but perhaps this will help you see how they come together.  The pink pair are the workers, and I traced their path in purple (ignore the pink at the footside).  They cross-twist-cross-twist through the white passives (shown in different colors where they enter and exit the fan).  The top passive is a carryover from the top of the previous fan.  As the pink moves up the fan (from right to left), it goes through 5 passives and back up, then 4, 3, 2, then all the way down though 6 pairs of passives and back up in the center, and then 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Comment by Margaret Howerton on Sunday
Thanks for the reference to the pages. I'm not sure if it is the directions of this particular pattern or what. I'll go back to the previous lesions and see what I missed.
Comment by Kate Bainbridge on Sunday
Many thanks for this.
You have helped me many times in the past for which I am most grateful.
Comment by Administrator on Saturday

Kate and Margaret,

Post your questions here, with a photo of the problem area, and we can send back or post a diagram with explanations. Not quite as good as having a teacher at your elbow, but next best.


Comment by Kate Bainbridge on Saturday
I admire you Margaret, I would never have been able to do that. My teacher has just retired and I hope I shall be able to do it alone. However,you have good friends on this site that have helped me many times. Good luck.

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