Bobbinlace Beginners

For all beginners in bobbin lace who need a little help, and for experienced lace makers who are willing to assist.  Learn how to make bobbin lace.  Learn bobbin lace.  Bobbin lace lessons.  Bobbin lace tutorial.  For other bobbin lace tutorials online, and for discussion of bobbin lace structure, look in the next right column for the red link ONLINE RESOURCES.

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Bobbin Lace Beginner Lessons and Resources


Beginner Lessons

For paintings of the garments worn at the time LePompe was published, see this.  Look about 1/3 down the page. 

Both the 2nd and 3rd and 5th are from LePompe, the oldest known pattern book, dating from the mid 16th century.


The bottom row is from BOBBIN LACE LESSON-CLOTH STRIP.

Bobbin lace basics

Plaited lace lesson 1 

Plaited lace lesson 2 

Plaited lace lesson 3 

Plaited lace lesson 4    

Lesson 5 Tallies  

Plaited lace lesson 6 

Plaited lace lesson 7

Tape lace lesson DMC #47

Tape Lace Mat 


The Circle at right is another way to learn the basic stitches.

Find pattern.

Jo Edkins website with lots of torchon patterns and information for beginners:

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Comment by Jenny on June 15, 2017 at 7:45pm

Morning Liz & Lorelei,

I just googled Christinine Springett and found her website. Will have to have a good look later when I have more time. Also just found a page on the Gumnuts pages too which looks very helpful.

I just checked out where I started, and the join will be on a line of plaits. There is a lot of plaits in this design so no other place to really join.

Just one more question for those of you who unpin your starts to move through larger pieces of  lace, What to you do to protect the start? If it is no longer on your pillow, do you place it between something like two pieces of card or paper to keep it flat? Just curious, as mine is still sitting on the pricking, but is not anchored to the pillow. The pricking is half off the pillow, but will return to be fully on the pillow when I turn the next corner.

Everyone here is so helpful, I can't thank you all enough.

Comment by Administrator on June 15, 2017 at 5:50pm

Christine Springett is famous, I think, for truing up many antique Beds patterns, and creating very clear, easy to follow diagrams. I learned the "magic thread" maneuver in a class on Bruges Bloomwork.

I have a section on endings on my website. Perhaps it will be useful.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 15, 2017 at 12:25am

The Springett web site is -

The menu on the left has all the sections - including David's turning, as well as Christine's Lace!

Comment by Jenny on June 14, 2017 at 11:05pm

Hello Laurie,

I have heard the name Christine Springett of course but am unfamiliar with her books. My teacher taught me to start with some loops of threads that are supposed to help with the join later. No Idea what they are called. I've put them on this piece of course, but it is a very long time since I've joined two ends together. This handkie edging is the biggest piece of lace I have made. Nearly ready to turn another corner and work the 4th side, Ill post  pic when I'm done but that will be a while yet.

Comment by Laurie Elliott on June 14, 2017 at 5:09pm

Jenny, your lace looks lovely, the book(s) you got for $15 and under were a great buy (my copy of the Beds book was a lot more), and keep that friend!

On joins, has anyone mentioned Christine Springett's Magic Threads technique (and book about it)? You might want to check it out; it might work for you (get a more experienced lacemaker than me to explain it) and I would love to hear how the more experienced lacemakers you have been talking with feel about the Magic Thread technique.

Comment by Jenny on June 13, 2017 at 5:32pm
Thanks Lorelei, the pincushion idea is a good one. I'll tuck that one away for future use. It will help with the practicing of joins as well as mounting, then I can give them away to stitching friends as gifts!
Comment by Administrator on June 13, 2017 at 5:06pm


Your lace looks really nice. Now I understand what your question was. I have heard it said that making small projects -- like coaster size lace edgings, or pincush edgings -- is a good way to learn because you also get practice at finishing, attaching the end to the beginning, and mounting the lace on fabric. Good advice, which I have not followed nearly enough. Mounting and ending are probably my weak point.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 12, 2017 at 10:59pm

Very glad to hear your various laces get used!!  I always think it is a shame when people put their lace away, and it is never seen or used..

$15 for that book, and others that were cheaper sounds like a very good buy/investment!! Beds lace is my favourite, and then the challenge of the Floral Beds laces.....!  :)  Have fun...!!! :)

Christine Springett's patterns are nice to work, too. there is a web site - type in Christine Springett - that should get you there. Good instructions sheets come with the designs. Many are easier, but some are a challenge! But - they all work out well, following her instruction sheets. She came out to Australia in the early days (1980's), and really got us going, out here. Her classes were Great!  Some of the patterns date from then, - I know as I bought them and made them!!!

Comment by Jenny on June 12, 2017 at 10:38pm

Thank you Liz. I acquired the book from a friend who bought a great pile of lace books for me at a second hand book dealer. This one was the most expensive at $15. It was my introduction to Bedfordshire, and just made my toes curl it was so pretty!  This is pattern number 5. 

I always had plans of mounting it, and bought some handkerchief linen to do it before I started the lace. I have enough to make about 10 different edges so will keep me busy for a while.

I have a lovely collection of hankies with lace edges. Some are mine, some are my Mum's. Most are crocheted, but I have done one tatted one and a hairpin one, so it is only fitting I do some bobbin lace ones. I might add also that they all get used!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 12, 2017 at 10:00pm

That Pam Nottingham book is the one I don't have!!  I must see if our Guild library has a copy, as that is a very pretty pattern./ You are doing well, and making nice lace.

Making a whole piece, not just samples is the way to go.  Mounting the lace when completed is  "Must", too , - though perhaps the worst part of the whole process, - but Do mount it, as then you have something to show - put in a Show, Flaunt, etc!!

Don't just wind up with lots of edges, in a box in a cupboard. Mount it - and Flaunt it!!!  If you have a hankie 'falling' out of a pocket of a jacket - safety pin it in, on the inside of the pocket, -- so the hankie can't go "missing", - There are lots of thieving people who like to snatch pretty hankies!! - they must make their own, not steal yours!!!


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