Computer Aided Design

For those who like to use software to design bobbin lace, tatting or other laces.  All the various programs are included.  Talk about your favorite programs and how best to use them.

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Usig a computer to draw tatting designs. 9 Replies

Help!! I have tried using inkscape to draw tatting patens but have failed. Is their a better free or not expensive piece of software. Please any help will be great, I have no spent 3 hours Google…Continue

Started by Annette Wilson. Last reply by Laritza Rodriguez Jul 16, 2018.

overview of available/used software 41 Replies

Some time ago I made some collaborative pages. Anyone who feels to can contribute to these overviews.…Continue

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Started by Jo. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Feb 20, 2017.

International Torchon Lace Design Competition 2 Replies

Please take a look at this new competition for lace designers as it would be fantastic to see your entries. The rules can be seen and downloaded at…Continue

Started by Jenny Brandis. Last reply by Jenny Brandis Aug 2, 2016.

Using Inkscape to design lace 7 Replies

Inkscape is a free, open source drawing tool (similar to Adobe Illustrator).  The purpose of this discussion thread is to capture tips and tricks for using the tool and to help each other learn how…Continue

Started by Veronika Irvine. Last reply by Jo Jun 8, 2015.

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Comment by Veronika Irvine on February 2, 2016 at 2:12pm

For editing photos, I like the IrfanView program. It is free, has a pretty straightforward user interface and can handle a large variety of image formats (including some camera specific formats). It will not support your drawing requirements though.

Comment by Jo on February 2, 2016 at 12:04pm

Perhaps try GIMP, its free and has tutorials and how-to's all over the web.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on February 2, 2016 at 11:38am

I'll recommend Corel Paint Shop Pro X8 or X7 or X6 if you can get one of them cheaper since the version changes aren't worth extra money.  This is a relatively inexpensive program and does an excellent job at photo corrections.  It does an excellent job of drawing too.  It has tools for both raster and vector drawing, and although I also have been using Inkscape for vector drawing, I use this one more.   

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 1, 2016 at 11:23pm

I have a problem. I just got a new computer with windows10. Paint is an app that comes with it. I used to have windows XP Home Edition. All those diagrams I have posted here were made with the old version of Paint. The new version has added a bunch of vector type movements, and eliminated the little round and square dots that I was using to mark pinholes. It is driving me crazy.

So I need a paint type program that works with bitmap files, not vectors. I downloaded Inkscape and now have to figure it out. It is vector based, so that aspect is taken care of. Also my new scanner, while the scanner works well, its accompanying software is pretty much useless. I have often used the scanner software for the kind of image corrections that I need. This time that route isn't working.

My question is, what is a good paint program that works with bitmap images? I have found ADOBE PHOTOSHOP PRO, COREL PAINTSHOP PRO X8, COREL PHOTOIMPACT X3. I need it to do several things.

1. fix a photo by darkening or lightening shadows (This clarifies which thread is lying on top and which is below the other)

2. intensifying color (clarifies a lace without adjusting the shadows.

3. adjusting color for photos taken under fluorescent light or other weird light conditions.

4. draw and make digital art

Any ideas or comments on any of these programs?

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on December 16, 2015 at 10:14pm

Rita, I just looked at your website, and I'm so impressed with your work and designs.  When I looked at your stitches instructions and drawings it looked like your drawings were hand done.  Is that correct?  Are you looking or a way to do them with more regularity and evenness using a computer graphics program?  I use both Inkscape and Paintshop Pro Photo X2 or newer for my graphics for embroidery and needle lace stitch graphics.  Inkscape is strictly a vector program, while Paintshop Pro is both vector and raster, and being able to combine both gives me more flexibility.  See my website page on embroidery instructions; to see what I have done with Paintshop Pro.  I know this is not quite what you would be doing, but it might give you ideas. With both Inkscape and Paintshop Pro, I often do a hand drawing and then working on a new layer, redraw it better with the computer.  Creating many segments that are all the same can easily be done with copy/paste.  If you define your needs more, maybe some of us can help you more.  

Comment by Jo on December 16, 2015 at 4:16pm
For round grids you could try

There is also the free general purpose InkScape. another discussion in this group explains how to use it for bobbin lace. You might find some hints that suite you too.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 16, 2015 at 3:36pm


I hadn't realized you were THAT Rita. Wonderful. We have the real expert available to us. I hope that some of the suggestions from our other members are useful. As you can tell, my knowledge of the knotted mesh laces is not very deep.


Comment by Sue Babbs on December 16, 2015 at 8:15am

There is also a Lace8 demo available to download at

My recollection is that you can do everything in it apart from print or save, so you can try it out in the same was as you can Knipling. For me, Lace8 is more intuitive than Knipling.

Jenny Brandis has put up some very helpful videos on Lace8 on YouTube:

Comment by Emanuele Bonaglia on December 16, 2015 at 2:48am

Carolina, i agree with you... i downloaded knipling but for me it's very difficult to understand.. i have to follow a course to use it proprly

Comment by Carolina de la Guardia on December 16, 2015 at 1:24am
It is important to know the way you draw the pattern to give you advice, however my proposal is that you download the program Knipling from It is not possible to print or save the designs with the demonstration version, but you will can consider if it works for you. Circular grounds are available as template, and you can adapt the size of pinholes as you need. A spiral tool maybe interesting also if the work requires, as in crochet, begining the piece (as a bag) from a point.

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