Bobbin made tape laces (braid laces)


Bobbin made tape laces (braid laces)

Varieties of this kind include Russian tape lace, Schneeberger lace, Idrija lace, Lepoglava, Hinojosa and Milanese.  These laces are popular today particularly in Italy, Spain, and Russia.  They go back to the mid 1500s in Italy and Flanders.  Milanese tape lace is more complex and adds fancy decorative stitches and holes into the tape itself.  Hinojosa, dating from at least the late 19th c through the 20th c, is from the south west of Spain and relies on changing the stitch used to allow the tape to expand and contract in width.

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New book on Hinojosa lace 1 Reply

I would  like to inform you about the new book I have selfpublished on Hinojosa lace. This book is the continuation of the other three previously published. It contains 40 pages with technical…Continue

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Started by Carolina de la Guardia. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 21.

Best Beginner Tape Lace

Holly Powers started this discussion a few years ago. I am just reposting it."I'd like to work on a simple tape lace project as a side project to start on a new form of lace in addition…Continue

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Hinojosa Lace-Witchstitch 11 Replies

Recently there has been some interest in this form of tape lace which originates in Spain. One of our members, Carolina de la Guardia, has written 3 booklets of patterns, which also explain the…Continue

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question about making lace on bolster pillow 46 Replies

Is there any difference in the way that Idrija stitches are made on a Bolster pillow vs. a flat pillow?Continue

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 6, 2016 at 7:20pm
Comment by Lars Ekdahl on May 19, 2016 at 1:52pm

Thanks for all help Im wating for a mail from the author of the pattern and see what she has to say about it

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 17, 2016 at 4:41pm

The little line in the middle of the leaf tallies suggests to me that the designer intended a tally with a braid/plait behind it.

Go as far as you can to the last spot where you can make a joining. At the red dot you start the entire filling. Tally to the green dot, make a hole for future sewing. Work the entire filling with the weaver and edge pair. At the 2nd pass over a tally you make a braid.  This is so hard to describe in words.

Look at the filling inside the green ring. The blue line shows how I made a tally on the outward journey, with the weaver and the edge pair, from the inner edge to the middle. Then I made the neighboring tally from the middle to the inner edge. Then I worked a braid back to the center. I went around the filling in that manner, finally returning to the first tally I made, where I braided back to the inner ring, in the same spot where I started. Thus the whole filling is made with the same 4 bobbins, with nothing hung in or cut out. 

The other set of tallies shows the sequence better. Start at the red dot, blue is a tally to the center. Then work the neighboring tally center to rim (blue). On the journey back to the center work a braid with those same 4 bobbins (yellow). You end up with 2 layers. Since tape lace is worked with the back side facing the lace maker, the tally (the first layer) will be on the right side and the narrow braid will be on the wrong side when the piece is finished.

You can make either 2 tallies, one on top of the other, or a tally with a braid behind it. In the latter method the narrow braid is hidden behind the tally.

I don't actually know if Schneeberger uses the 2 tally layers, or only the tally plus braid option. But in tape lace generally, either method works.


Comment by Carolina de la Guardia on May 17, 2016 at 7:05am
Usually it is not necessary to cut threads when working Schneeberg lace. The "passée a cheval" is the usual way to carry threads from one braid to another.
In this pattern, I only see one possiblity for doing so. The others have to be worked as a Russian lace.
I would like to upload two pictures and a pdf. but I need the help of Lori because I do not remember how to do it...
Thanks Lori.
Comment by Antje González on May 17, 2016 at 6:27am

Hello Lars,

The best way is to work the leaves in the "passe a cheval" method, which makes it really god looking and you don`t need to add nor eliminate pairs. Here you can find a diagram on how to work this:

As Sylvie suggests, first you have to study the pattern and see where to start the leaves and where to end them.

As there are 5 leaves, you cannot make all in one go. One of the leaves has to be worked to the center, joined and returned to the starting place with a plait.

Also have a look at Vuelta y Cruz 4, 5, 6 where there is a course of Schneeberger and diagrams of how to make the leaves inside the pattern.

Hope this helps!

Good luck!

Antje González

Comment by Sylvie A. Roy Nguyen on May 17, 2016 at 6:11am


In Schneeberger, you need to study the pricking before you start the  lace.  As you progress in the tape, when you reach an area that has leaves, you hang in two pairs of bobbins to complete the leaf or leaves. If there is another leaf, close to the other side of the tape, you can carry the two extra pairs across the back of the tape, then use them to complete the next leaf.  When you have completed those leaves, you can tie off the two pairs.  Try to plan to tie of the pairs behind cloth or linen stitch.  

If this doesn't help enough, I could email you a diagram.


Comment by Lars Ekdahl on May 16, 2016 at 11:59pm

Here comes the patternschneeberger%20001.jpg

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 16, 2016 at 7:27pm


As Sylvie says, please post a photo of the pattern, just the part you have a question about. Perhaps we can figure it out for you.


Comment by Sylvie A. Roy Nguyen on May 16, 2016 at 2:01pm

If I could see a photo, I might be able to offer a solution.


Comment by Lars Ekdahl on May 16, 2016 at 4:35am

I have som problems with pattern 11 a diadem in Schneeberger Kant by Annelie van Olffen . Its the leafs in the middel how do I conect them.Any on how has worked on this pattern


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