Contemporary Bobbin Lace

For those interested in designing and making contemporary and modern bobbin lace designs which don't fit into traditional categories.  Many of these will be pictorial or realistic representations, but some will be abstract.

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Modern lace design challenge 22 Replies

Do you remember the design challenge opened by Lorelei in May?…Continue

Started by Brona Bacilkova. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 27, 2017.

Designing new Bobbin Lace stitches 106 Replies

Hi,I have been looking at all the Bobbin Lace stitches that one can possibly make and wondering if I could create new ones.  I started with "The Book of Bobbin Lace Stitches" by Cook and Stott.  I…Continue

Started by Veronika Irvine. Last reply by Veronika Irvine Feb 22, 2015.

Rose ground variants with strong diagonal lines 1 Reply

In response to Veronika Irvine's diagonal modern grounds I found some existing, apparently traditional (but rare) rose ground variants which have strong diagonal lines.  The first is a pdf file I…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator. Last reply by Veronika Irvine Nov 21, 2014.

Work of Daniela Banatova 5 Replies

I have been admiring the work of Daniela Banatova, and trying to figure out why I like it so much. For one thing, the colors are very luminous. What kind of thread do you use, Daniela?Examining both…Continue

Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Daniela Banatova Feb 1, 2013.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 2, 2020 at 6:36pm

Thanks, Sally

Comment by Sally Olsen on October 1, 2020 at 6:10pm

"Lace Beyond the Pattern"

Embark on a journey of one lacemaker's quest for contemporary lace and lace design. Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova grew up in Czechoslovakia, the cradle of contemporary bobbin lace, and currently resides in the United States. In her talk, she will discuss the traditional lace schooling in former Czechoslovakia as well as comparisons between the US and European ways of teaching. Her unique philosophy of using lace stitches as a toolbox of lace design breaks down the boundaries of traditional laces and has inspired dozens of students to create their own works of art. We'll peel back the curtain on the design process and walk through some of her most inspiring pieces.



Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dagmar encountered bobbin lace as a nine-year-old girl. Fascinated by this fiber technique, she pursued it through schooling throughout Europe and later graduated from the Institute of Art Manufacturing in Prague, Czech Republic with a degree in lacemaking. In 2000 she won the 2nd place in a Young Lacemaker’s Design Competition in the Czech Republic. 

She moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue her Master’s Degree in Minnesota. After completing her studies and starting a family, she returned to her love of bobbin lace. Since 2001 she has been writing professional articles for US and European lace magazines. Beginning at the national lacemaking convention organized by the International Organization of Lace, Inc (IOLI) in St.Paul, MN in 2012, Dagmar has been a sought after teacher across the United States.

In 2016, her work was selected for the Doily Free Zone in Italy, a unique convention, highlighting the best lacemaking artists under 40 in the world.

In 2017, her piece “What I want” was chosen for the Eau Claire juried arts exhibition called Arts West 38. Her work is also featured in the 53rd Annual Spring Show 2017 in Chippewa Falls.

In 2018, her work “Mourning Mega”, an innovative piece of traditional bobbin lace made out of strips of plastic and enlarged 20 fold was selected for the Inaugural Confluence of Art Juried Exhibition at the Pablo Arts Center in Eau Claire, WI.

In 2018, her work “Habitats of Hypocrisy” was selected for "Lace, not Lace, Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques” a contemporary lace exhibition in Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. Her work is one of only 26 artists from around the globe to be on display carefully selected by the internationally known lace expert Devon Thein.


        In 2019, her work "Talking to a Wall" was featured on the cover of the IOLI magazine. 

During the winter of 2019-2020, her work was exhibited as part of the "On Wisconsin Fiber Arts Biennial"


Dagmar's love of lace has led her to share her knowledge with kids as well as local communities. She is a life-long learner and continues to explore the endless possibilities of contemporary lace.


Comment by Sally Olsen on October 1, 2020 at 6:07pm

Comment by Laurie Elliott on June 9, 2020 at 1:17am
I don't think I would want much to remind me of this particular pandemic, but the post go me to look at what Lorelei posted back in 2018 of the modern lace dresses. I didn't have the computer access then that I do now. That whole display looks wonderful, and I would be proud to make a dress like those. Hard to believe they were made over 50 years ago. Wish I had learned to make bobbin lace back then, sigh.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 8, 2020 at 8:04pm

Very Good!!!

Well, they say "if you can't beat them - Join them"!!!!!!!!!! :)_

One certainly needs a sense of humour these days!!

I hope everyone is keeping well,  - and making lots of lace!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 8, 2020 at 6:47pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 1, 2018 at 4:41pm

Some really modern lace dresses. I got it from facebook and saved it to pinterest.

Muzeum Krajky Vamberk      posted by      Anna Maria Pizzacalla 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 7, 2018 at 5:58pm

Posted on facebook. Interesting way to set up 3D bobbin lace.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 14, 2018 at 4:44pm

Bistra Pisancheva's website. Lots of beautiful, really modern, bobbin laces.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 27, 2018 at 3:37pm

Look through the photos on this page. Most are ultra-modern lace. Very interesting.


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