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 Thursday

That sounds like a wonderful book, Jo. wish it had been around a long time ago, - when I would have benefited from it.  (I am having eye trouble, now, so bobbin lacemaking is becoming almost impossible - with my hand tremor too!!  - Getting old is the Pits!!!  :) )   I will pass the information about your book on to my Lace chat group, as I know some of them will be very interested.

Comment by Jo Edkins on Wednesday

I have just published a book called "Using Colour in Bobbin Lace" by Jo Edkins. You can get it on Amazon. It has lots of (very simple) patterns of Torchon lace, and demonstrates various techniques, such as having coloured workers of cloth stitch (or even half stitch!), what happens if you colour some of the pairs in grounds, etc. There's even a bit of Colour Theory, and ideas of how to colour an existing single colour pattern.
I hope that I am not stepping outside the brief of this forum with this ad! But I genuinely think that these patterns would be helpful for beginners. I've had several people writing to me via my website ( complaining that they were getting bored with Torchon bookmarks, and this is something new to try, which is fun, and easy.
Also, by colouring some pairs, you can see exactly where the pairs are travelling through the lace. This is useful to understand the underlying structure of Torchonlace.
The book is available as an e-book (Kindle) and a paperback (real paper - yay!) To make it easier to access the patterns (can't prick through an e-book!) the patterns are also available on my website:
You can get at these patterns without buying the book. The website doesn't have many instructions, just pattern, photo, number of bobbins and which stitches used (with links to the rest of my website to tell you how to do that particular stitch). The book gaves more, including discussion how the colour is behaving and why. But an experienced lacemaker wouldn't need that, and I suspect many beginners wouldn't either! I really don't mind if people use the patterns without buying the book. The patterns also show you what the book covers.

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on July 30, 2017 at 12:26pm

I understand how hard it is to get going when you can't find a group or teacher - I'm entirely self-taught, but look for opportunities to meet other lacemakers so we can "geek out" together and learn from each other.

To that end, for any SCAdians here who are going to Pennsic, there are multiple bobbin lace classes being offered (I'm teaching one on Monday the 7th) and Thursday the 10th is Lacemaking Day on Artisan's Row.  (SCA = Society for Creative Anachronism, medieval and renaissance living history organization,

Comment by Laurie Elliott on July 29, 2017 at 4:41pm

Elizabeth, thank you for your kind offer.  Our guild meeting was unexpectedly cancelled this month.  I will check with her in August and let you know.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 17, 2017 at 8:32pm

Laurie, your  Lace Guild member who is moving to Australia will be very welcome here!  Do you know where she is going? This is a vast country, but there are lacemakers all over the place - and are Always very welcoming.  If we know where she is going, we can organize for her to meet up with a group, so she settles in more easily, and does not feel so lonely in a new place!

That is one of the beauties of Lacemaking - Instant friends anywhere in the world (just about!) - and always a friendly welcome!

Comment by Laurie Elliott on June 17, 2017 at 7:14pm

Jenny, you apparently already have used the Magic Thread method, just didn't know the name. 

I think I am going to try what Lorelei does and see if that is a cleaner way to do the join (not having extra threads on the pillow which seem to want to get in the way). 

Thank you, Jenny, for asking your questions and thank you, Lorelei and Elizabeth, for your answers.

One of our lace guild members is planning on getting married and moving to Australia.  I will make sure she knows about the Gumnuts when she gets there.  I've seen some of the postings online and enjoyed them.

Comment by Jenny on June 16, 2017 at 3:12am
Yes Liz, 'tis me. I am so grateful to you & Lorelei with all the help the two of you give so freely. I have made two bookmarks using notes that Lorelei has sent on starting, and have notes that you have sent on 6pr crossings, that I refer to constantly with this current edge. I have a little 'folder' beside me when I work with copies of all notes that I need, and any notes that I make myself.
At the moment I am working through the Pamela Nottingham book, and I gave onto he one by barbara Underwood that is calling as well. Think they will keep me busy for a while
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 15, 2017 at 11:14pm

OOh!!! -  You are "That" Jenny!!!   :)  Don't be so quiet on the Nuts site - we need more chatter !!!!! :)

Christine Springett has some nice patterns, and they go from easy to a Lot more complex, but her instruction sheets that go with the patterns are very good.  I found them good to buy from, and very helpful, too, if you have a query, problem, etc. later on with a pattern. Christine is very helpful.

Comment by Jenny on June 15, 2017 at 10:56pm

Hi Liz, Yes I am a Gumnut too, though a very quiet one. I live in Sydney

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 15, 2017 at 10:01pm

The Gumnuts is an Aussie Lace site, - and we display some of our projects, etc. in the public domain. (I am a Gumnut - but the Chat  section is for Aussie residents only )  There is some nice Eye Candy on the site, though - and some helpful hints, etc.  I hope you enjoyed the visit, Jenny!


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