Designing Bobbin Lace

For those who want to talk about designing bobbin lace, whatever style.

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For modern work look at where photos of really innovative work are posted daily.


Uta Ulrich GRUENDE MIT SYSTEM, Verlag Barbara Fay, 2009. 448 grounds


Bridget Cook & Geraldine Stott BOOK OF BOBBIN LACE STITCHES, Branford, Watertown Mass. 1980. 262 pages.  A great variety, but omits some continental grounds.

Cook & Stott INTRODUCTION TO BOBBIN LACE STITCHES. Batsford, London, 1983. 86 pages.  Adds some continental grounds omitted in the 1st book.  I would call these the most basic ground.

Christine Hawken  121 HONITON FILLINGS  "121 HONITON FILLINGS: this a a good book for the experienced Honiton lacemaker who wants ideas for fillings.  Each filling is well graphed and diagramed.  The only drawback is that the pictures of the fillings are not of the best quality.  But that is understandable since the book was published in 1997." review by Cathy Kozlowski, IOLI LIbrarian       IOLI B-298 121 Honiton Fillings


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International Torchon Lace Design Competition 1 Reply

Please take a look at the competition rules and prizes as it would be fantastic to see your entries.

Started by Jenny Brandis. Last reply by Jenny Brandis Aug 31, 2016.

How can you design lace when you can't draw? 21 Replies

Paula's Honiton Cowis a good illustration of how one can design a piece of lace without possessing drawing skills.…Continue

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Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Gul'naz Taylor Jan 23, 2016.


   To start here is my analysis of the basic grounds used in bobbin lace.First some basic…Continue

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Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Nov 9, 2014.

Designing something a little different. 9 Replies

 Is there anyone else who likes to find something just that little bit different?ElsaContinue

Started by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren. Last reply by Selena Marie Joosten Dec 8, 2013.

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Comment by Maribel Albert on May 17, 2019 at 3:29am

Do you design bobbin lace? Would you like to collaborate with an international publication magazine with a team of designers from more than 7 countries? if you are interested send an email to

Comment by Miriam Gidron on December 29, 2018 at 2:35pm

In the Anna magazine of July 1996 there are all the letters made in bobbin lace.

Comment by Sue Babbs on December 28, 2018 at 6:35pm

I don't have any photos, sorry, but Pat Read produced a lovely small booklet: "Celtic Letters in Milanese Lace" - publisher is The Lace Guild.  I bought my copy in 2014 and see it's for sale on Etsy: 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 28, 2018 at 5:02pm

I have a student who is thinking about making a bobbin lace alphabet. I have seen examples of the alphabet worked in lace, but I haven't saved any photos. I have seen both tape lace and torchon examples. Does anybody know of photos online of such things? If so, please post photos here below.

I think we will have to design something for her, but seeing what others have done might spark ideas.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 9, 2013 at 2:12pm


1st you need a jpg or gif file containing your photo, from a digital camera or a scanner.

2nd go to my NOTE on photos    Paragraphs 1 and 4 are most relevant.  There are detailed instructions.

Comment by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren on December 9, 2013 at 12:14am

Hi Janice.

I fully agree, making your own rules is great! I tend to draw something unusual and then see if it can be worked.

As for this stitch, I am happy to send a picture of it, but I need to work out how to go about that, as I am not too computer smart!


Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on December 8, 2013 at 2:54pm
Comment by Janice Blair on December 8, 2013 at 11:32am

Can you put a photo on of the stitch so we can see what you have come up with.  I know that I spend more time on my own patterns and the nice thing about doing your own designs is that you can make up the rules as you go.

Comment by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren on December 8, 2013 at 1:21am

I have just designed a piece of lace and worked a stitch I don't recall ever seeing before. It is not unlike the Cooma kiss.Now to think of a name for it.

One problem with designing lace is that you don't seem to use other peoples books anymore, as you are too busy making your own patterns.


Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 7, 2013 at 3:42pm

Do show us a picture, Arlene.


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