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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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

Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator Apr 14, 2017.

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

Tags: witch stitch lace, Hinojosa lace

Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator. Last reply by Barbara Gordon Jun 3, 2016.

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

Started by Linda Dumas. Last reply by Vicki Myers May 15, 2015.

Making a Schneeberger Fan 12 Replies

I've bought a fan pattern which does not have any arrows for the working direction. I'm not too concerned with the stitches but the picture simpy tells me to 'Start here' and the no. of bobbins to…Continue

Started by Deborah Baker. Last reply by Julia Brock Nov 5, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 24, 2015 at 2:51pm


Thanks for that link. Looks like a good method. I have tried weaving in the ends with a needle. But that has to be done after the lace is off the pillow, and causes some distortion. Her method avoids the distortion. I also noticed that she took the weaver on a very complicated path, to be sure friction would hold it securely, I suppose.


Comment by Deb Black on June 24, 2015 at 6:20am
I have found a great video where the lady weaves in her ends, it makes such a clean closing, it is in russian, but she shows it well, and you do not have to speak russian.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 23, 2015 at 6:52pm

I now have 2 basic lessons on tape lace for beginners, on my website -- 

The first is a small mat that I designed. It contains the 3 most common joinings. It has turning stitch, estimating pinholes, sewings, double braids, and false braids.

The 2nd is a simplified version of one of the DMC patterns. It only has sewings and turning stitch.


Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on May 19, 2015 at 11:42pm

Wow, those collars are something else.  Such beautiful and even picots!  I'm really impressed by the two that have a geometric design (#4 in the series and #10).  That's some tight, even plait work.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 19, 2015 at 2:35pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 18, 2015 at 6:34pm

One other thing - if it were me, I wouldn't have cut all the threads off to 2 or 3 inches after knotting them. I would either have worked a braid for about 3/4 inch with each 2 pairs, or I would have used one bobbin to buttonhole stitch around all the others, making a dense bundle.

But what method to choose depends partly on how you plan to use the lace. If it will be washed occasionally, I would choose the buttonhole method, or perhaps the braids. If it is to be mounted and framed you can cut them off to about 1/2 inch.

Or you can thread a needle with the same color thread, but finer, and work buttonhole stitches around your 2-3 inch lengths. I have some photos on my website which might be helpful. The images are thumbnails, click to see full size photos.

Comment by Lisa Davy on May 18, 2015 at 3:34pm

Thank you!  Yes, you got it exactly right.  and that is exactly what I have done, phew!  But now I have a lot of ends!  How short can they be cut? Currently they are all 2-3 inches long.  I know I am looking at the back but this is lace so you will see some through it.  and it makes it lumpy too.

I will take pics tonight when I am home.



Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on May 17, 2015 at 4:24pm

If I understand what you are saying,



\uap>I would sew the bobbins into the loops on your horizontal section, then knot the pairs.


\uap>If you could take a picture of what you have and make it a jpg file, post it here. Then we would have a better understanding of the problem.

Comment by Lisa Davy on May 11, 2015 at 2:55pm

I have a question I hope someone can help me with.  I have done a bunch of vertical rows of lace that are all attached to eachother and at the bottom, the bobbins are still attached.  Each vertical section has about 5-6 pairs of bobbins, but now I am doing a horizontal row and i want to connect it to these raw ends.  How would I do that?  I know how tto do regular sewings...Should I just tie knots and end all of the vertical rows and then sew into those?

Thank you!


Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on May 1, 2015 at 1:21am

So I tried working those corners with the Cluny method you described (no pin, just lots and lots of tensioning) but it was still not coming out the way I wanted.   The 3rd pair's double twists were getting lost in the center of the crossing, and the end crossing was not sitting up where I needed it to.  Then I decided to take the single pair coming in from outside, and instead of crossing both threads together between the plait pairs, I did a whole stitch with it and each of the plait pairs as one thread.  Eureka!  The twists stayed where they needed to, the crossing was tight, and everyone was going where they were supposed to. 

Thanks for the help!   I needed another way of thinking about the crossing to find the way that worked, although I'll save that Cluny crossing idea for later. 


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