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 Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 18, 2012 at 11:45pm

I never heard of such a thing!  For us klutzes who can't manage chopsticks.  What an idea.

Comment by Robin DeSpain on February 18, 2012 at 7:04pm

For linking 2 bobbins for adding thread for yardage there is this great gizmo called a chopstick helper. pictured

You just hook the new loaded bobbin up to the old bobbin and work them together for a while then take the old bobbin (and helper) off and you are good to go.

You can get them at any Asian supply/market or online.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 18, 2012 at 5:42pm

A Weavers Knot is something I have never mastered!! After a few times with it coming undone, - I now don't bother even to try!! I just hang in another bobbin, try to work both threads together for a couple of rows if possible, and then just continue with the new thread!  Lazy perhaps, but...!!! :)

Yes I have a 3rd hand gadget, - but haven't mastered that either when doing a weavers knot!!!!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 17, 2012 at 8:16pm

I've just added another page to my website, on the basics of bobbin lace: stitches with sequential diagrams, the hitch, weavers' knot, international color coding system. Etc.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 8, 2012 at 1:52am

Some days ago I have mentionnned that originally I had not expected to set up actual bobbin lace lessons here on laceioli.  But I've been reviewing our visitors statistics, and the BEGINNERS group gets more visits than any other.  I think people may be looking for lessons, and go away disappointed.  So I'm in the process of writing up something simple for a basic braided/plaited lace.  I've posted it as a discussion, above.  But I'll be reviewing it and revising it over the next several days.

If any of our members wants to prepare some lessons and is willing to post them here, please let me know, and I'll figure out some way for the software to work for us.  Remember that anything we post must be our own original content.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 4, 2012 at 4:42pm

I have moved the long discussion about the relative merits of the wiki platform and this ning group into a discussion posted above.  All the original text is still there.  This space on the BEGINNERS COMMENT WALL is for beginners to post questions and receive answers.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 3, 2012 at 7:48pm

The wiki links:

Collaborative: and   From Jo and Katelyn.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 22, 2012 at 10:16pm

A few members have mentionned that they hope we would provide beginner lessons online here.  To do that would mean writing a book and posting it online for free.  Perhaps that will happen, but there are no specific plans to do that.

But what we can do is help beginners over the rough spots.  My best advice is this.

First find a good book and start to work through that book pattern by pattern and lesson by lesson.  I've posted my recommendations under RECOMMENDED BOOKS (see the red link below our members' avatars).  If any of our participants have a favorite book to learn from, please post a comment to RECOMMENDED BOOKS and I'll add it to the list.  (Please tell us why you think it is a good book.)  Whatever questions you have, you can post them here.  If you have a digital camera you can photo what is on your pillow, post it in a comment box, and then one of our members can post a diagram explaining what you should do.

Secondly, look in detail at all the websites listed under ONLINE RESOURCES.  Taken together they all answer most of the questions that beginners have.

Thirdly, if you have questions that the book doesn't answer directly, ask here, and some member will answer.  You may have to wait a few hours or a day for an answer.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 21, 2012 at 2:38pm


Good advice!

Comment by Sue Babbs on January 21, 2012 at 10:22am

I thought I'd start off this thread by posting the sort of information I normally give to novices who ask questions online:

You can learn from a book, but it is one of the more challenging textile arts and a teacher is helpful.  If there are no classes near where you live, then absolute basics for learning are:
Minimum of 30 Bobbins
Beginner's book

I would recommend:
"Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace" by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder

It was a new publication last year and is incredibly clear. It covers
equipment and techniques, with photos of each step, and is available from Amazon..

Some lace suppliers in the USA, which spring to mind quickly are:

Snowgoose's kit is very good. If you think about getting this, I would suggest getting the 18" pillow, as the
16 inch is too small to be any use in the long term.

Lacy Susan carries very good quality square bobbins: international square pear bobbins - they are continental but don't roll because they are square! This makes them much easier to work with than continental bobbins, less pretty than English Midlands, but a lot cheaper than them! When I last looked they were $17.95 per dozen. They are nice and smooth to work with.
I understand that the kit which one can get at JoAnn's or Lacis is not adequate for more than the initial lesson, and so isn't worth the money. I have not seen it, but I have seen a lot of comments on it, and mine is the polite, sanitized version!
Another useful site if you live in the USA:
If you live in another country, you may well prefer to belong to that country's guilds.

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