Computer Aided Design


Computer Aided Design

For those who like to use software to design bobbin lace, tatting or other laces.  All the various programs are included.  Talk about your favorite programs and how best to use them.

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Using Inkscape to design lace 4 Replies

Inkscape is a free, open source drawing tool (similar to Adobe Illustrator).  The purpose of this discussion thread is to capture tips and tricks for using the tool and to help each other learn how…Continue

Started by Veronika Irvine. Last reply by Veronika Irvine Aug 30, 2014.

overview of available/used software 12 Replies

Some time ago I made some collaborative pages. Anyone who feels to can contribute to these overviews.…Continue

Started by Jo. Last reply by Administrator Aug 30, 2014.

CAD software

I am new to CAD software and would appreciate comments on what software others are using.  I am looking at Lace R-XP and would like to know what users of this program think of it. I greatly…Continue

Started by Barbara Vanselow Mar 28, 2012.

please review

I moved all pages about software from my personal website to…Continue

Started by Jo Feb 6, 2012.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 27, 2014 at 7:25pm

Thank you both for your help and suggestions.  I must take a further look at this.

My tremor is slightly improved with some new medication, so is just bothersome, not drastic!! Keyboard shortcuts are always good, though!!  :)

Main problem is that I am not very computer savvy, so haven't tried anything other than typing on it. Maybe now is the time to be a bit more adventurous!!!

Comment by Jo on March 27, 2014 at 1:13pm

When you even have the tremor with writing, a stylus might not be a solution. You could try using the keyboard in stead of the mouse. Inkscape has tons of keyboard shortcuts. Probably a steep learning curve. Using the numpad for a mouse will be easier to memorize. In both cases I'd rather recommend the bezier tool, in the same chapter as mentioned by Veronika.

Comment by Veronika Irvine on March 26, 2014 at 8:46pm

Inkscape has a tool called "Draw freehand lines" which will allow you to set the smoothing factor (see red boxes in picture top left).  You can play around and see how much smoothing you actually like - too much and some intended bumps may get lost.

After you have drawn the line, you can also edit it using the tool called "Edit path by nodes" (see picture top right). Once you click on a line, you will see round dots that you can move around to adjust the curve of that part of the line.  You can also move the squares and diamonds around to adjust the general shape of the line.  There are some tools along the bar at the top which will let you change the curves as well.

There is a good description of how to use these tools here: Inkscape Book Chapter 7

You might also want to consider getting a stylus for drawing - the mouse is so clumsy.  Wacom makes some nice accessories.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 26, 2014 at 8:01pm

Does this Inkscape programme draw curved lines , - or straighten out wiggles in lines?

I need something that will take out the shakes as I draw, and do curves - for my needlelace designs. I have a tremor when I write that is annoying, and makes a clean line impossible for me.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on February 20, 2014 at 4:55pm

Veronika this is what we need so much, Thank you so much for doing this, I can see myself absolutely absorbed for hours with this!! Wonderfull!

Comment by Administrator on February 19, 2014 at 8:04pm

Thanks Veronika. You are the expert.

Comment by Veronika Irvine on February 19, 2014 at 6:30pm

I have been playing around with designing lace grounds and I wrote a little tool to help me turn these into patterns that I can print.  It can draw grids of dots and lace grounds for various grid angles and sizes.  I thought this tool might be handy for other designers so I posted it on my web page:  Inkscape tool for designing lace

My tool is actually an extension of a free, open source drawing tool called Inkscape (very similar to Adobe Illustrator) which lets you do many fun things including bend the image.

Sorry Lesley, it does not run on the iPad but it does run on Windows, Mac and Linux.  I tried Jo's web based lace maker tool on my Android tablet and it worked - maybe this will work on the iPad too (Jo Edkin's Lace making tool)

Comment by Janice Blair on February 19, 2014 at 10:25am

I am still using Lace8 on my MacBook Pro laptop but I now use it through an application called VisualBox which allows me to run Microsoft programs.  Don't ask me any technical questions as I won't know the answers.  Sorry, I know nothing about anything that can be run on an iPad.

Comment by Lesley Hardwick on February 19, 2014 at 9:43am
I am new to Laceioli and new to lace designing although I have worked my way through plenty of graph paper!
The lace8 software looks terrific but until I have saved up for a new laptop plus the software and user manual does anyone know of a rudimentary application that works on an iPad ?
That way at least I could practice while I save.....
Comment by Janice Blair on February 2, 2012 at 4:29pm


My son says I can't use the program you suggested on my laptop as I have a Mac and that is Microsoft.  I found I could export an eps to my desktop and import it directly into a Word document and it is not as pale as the pdf.  One drawback with that is that any text on the pattern disappears!  I know how to add a textbox to so I was able to add my copyright and instructions.  I also increased the size of the lines and dots on my pricking which helps with the fading.  Wonder if anyone else has problems with exporting or maybe it is because I am using the program on a Mac?  Printing a pricking directly from Lace RXP is fine.  


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