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 Rita Bartholomew on December 15, 2015 at 10:41pm

I wish I could do that.  However, since Knots Indeed is my site, I don't have any advice to give myself when it comes to software to help design netting.  I'm hoping someone can help me.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 15, 2015 at 7:37pm

Have you tried contacting Rita, the author of KNOTS INDEED to see if she uses software to assist designing? She would be the best source of advice. You can contact her through her website. She also has a pinterest account.  Very few people nowadays are making their own mesh or designing for that form of lace. I am glad that you are attempting it.  Keep us posted and show us pictures!

Comment by Rita Bartholomew on December 15, 2015 at 4:38pm

When made by hand, netting is in diamond form.  To create square mesh, used in lacis, you start at one corner and increase, once the correct size of the mesh is made you decrease to form the other (opposite diagonal) corner.

Fancy netting can be created in rounds, and rectangles.

I've tried graph paper but that did not give me the flexibility I wanted.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 15, 2015 at 3:30pm


The kind of netting on the KNOTS INDEED site is actually filet lacis, or knotted square mesh . The meshes are a diamond or a square depending on how you rotate it.

I personally have not used sophisticated computer software to design lace. I do use microsoft's PAINT, but it is primitive. From what I know about filet lacis, the photos on the link you gave us show work that is made in rounds. As I understand it filet can be made in a flat diamond shaped version which becomes square when you rotate it. But there is also the form on that site which is worked in rounds.

For anything worked in rounds what might be most useful is circle graph paper. 

You have to tell it how to make the graph paper.

You will need to have ADOBE ACROBAT READER as software because it generates pdf files.

Comment by Rita Bartholomew on December 14, 2015 at 6:16pm

Actually neither of those types of netting.  I meant what is sometimes referred to as "fancy netting".  The meshes are diamond shaped.  Check to see some.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 14, 2015 at 6:12pm

Rita - what kind of netting? Do you mean square knotted netting (lacis)? or tulle embroidery?


Comment by Rita Bartholomew on December 14, 2015 at 9:57am

I'm looking for something with a low learning curve to design netting.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Peggy Lagodny on October 14, 2015 at 11:29am

I'm thinking of investing in Lace 8 software for designing tape laces...particularly Slovenian lace.

Has anyone used it for this type of lace?  At Lace Days this past weekend, there were people learning the Knipling software, and one woman was using it for Idrija.  From what I've read from various sources, it's not as easy as Lace 8.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 27, 2014 at 7:25pm

Thank you both for your help and suggestions.  I must take a further look at this.

My tremor is slightly improved with some new medication, so is just bothersome, not drastic!! Keyboard shortcuts are always good, though!!  :)

Main problem is that I am not very computer savvy, so haven't tried anything other than typing on it. Maybe now is the time to be a bit more adventurous!!!

Comment by Jo on March 27, 2014 at 1:13pm

When you even have the tremor with writing, a stylus might not be a solution. You could try using the keyboard in stead of the mouse. Inkscape has tons of keyboard shortcuts. Probably a steep learning curve. Using the numpad for a mouse will be easier to memorize. In both cases I'd rather recommend the bezier tool, in the same chapter as mentioned by Veronika.


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