from Louise Colgan, proficiency chair, IOLI

The IOLI Torchon Technical Journal is composed of a series of 23 exercises that cover a range of skills progressing from simple to more complex techniques.  Patterns include a variety of edgings, insertions, corners; plus a bookmark, circular edging, and square mat.  The final exercise asks candidates to choose a pattern from another source that showcases the skills they've learned by working through the Journal.


Here is a list of primary elements that are covered in these exercises:


Basic Bobbin Lace Stitches

Footside Edges

Torchon Ground

Brussels Ground


Rose Ground - Several variations

Spiders - Multiple types

Woven shapes - Such as Diamonds, Triangles, Trails, Chevrons, Hearts Fans - Simple, Spanish, French Fans Gimp Tallies Leaves Plaited Headside Edge


Note that the Proficiency Program is open to all current members of IOLI.  Details about fees and a registration from are included on the IOLI website under the Proficiency Program tab.  Hopefully, these notes will provide the information that you are needing!


Louise Colgan

IOLI Proficiency Program Chair


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Comment by Administrator on February 29, 2016 at 8:48pm

Last fall, one of our members asked about this program. I wrote to the Proficiency Chair, Louise Colgan, for more information. I think this will help you figure out if it worth pursuing. I would like to hear from any members who have worked through this, or are in process of working through it.


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