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 March 26, 2014 at 8:46pm

Inkscape has a tool called "Draw freehand lines" which will allow you to set the smoothing factor (see red boxes in picture top left).  You can play around and see how much smoothing you actually like - too much and some intended bumps may get lost.

After you have drawn the line, you can also edit it using the tool called "Edit path by nodes" (see picture top right). Once you click on a line, you will see round dots that you can move around to adjust the curve of that part of the line.  You can also move the squares and diamonds around to adjust the general shape of the line.  There are some tools along the bar at the top which will let you change the curves as well.

There is a good description of how to use these tools here: Inkscape Book Chapter 7

You might also want to consider getting a stylus for drawing - the mouse is so clumsy.  Wacom makes some nice accessories.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 26, 2014 at 8:01pm

Does this Inkscape programme draw curved lines , - or straighten out wiggles in lines?

I need something that will take out the shakes as I draw, and do curves - for my needlelace designs. I have a tremor when I write that is annoying, and makes a clean line impossible for me.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on February 20, 2014 at 4:55pm

Veronika this is what we need so much, Thank you so much for doing this, I can see myself absolutely absorbed for hours with this!! Wonderfull!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 19, 2014 at 8:04pm

Thanks Veronika. You are the expert.

Comment by Veronika Irvine on February 19, 2014 at 6:30pm

I have been playing around with designing lace grounds and I wrote a little tool to help me turn these into patterns that I can print.  It can draw grids of dots and lace grounds for various grid angles and sizes.  I thought this tool might be handy for other designers so I posted it on my web page:  Inkscape tool for designing lace

My tool is actually an extension of a free, open source drawing tool called Inkscape (very similar to Adobe Illustrator) which lets you do many fun things including bend the image.

Sorry Lesley, it does not run on the iPad but it does run on Windows, Mac and Linux.  I tried Jo's web based lace maker tool on my Android tablet and it worked - maybe this will work on the iPad too (Jo Edkin's Lace making tool)

Comment by Janice Blair on February 19, 2014 at 10:25am

I am still using Lace8 on my MacBook Pro laptop but I now use it through an application called VisualBox which allows me to run Microsoft programs.  Don't ask me any technical questions as I won't know the answers.  Sorry, I know nothing about anything that can be run on an iPad.

Comment by Lesley Hardwick on February 19, 2014 at 9:43am
I am new to Laceioli and new to lace designing although I have worked my way through plenty of graph paper!
The lace8 software looks terrific but until I have saved up for a new laptop plus the software and user manual does anyone know of a rudimentary application that works on an iPad ?
That way at least I could practice while I save.....
Comment by Janice Blair on February 2, 2012 at 4:29pm


My son says I can't use the program you suggested on my laptop as I have a Mac and that is Microsoft.  I found I could export an eps to my desktop and import it directly into a Word document and it is not as pale as the pdf.  One drawback with that is that any text on the pattern disappears!  I know how to add a textbox to so I was able to add my copyright and instructions.  I also increased the size of the lines and dots on my pricking which helps with the fading.  Wonder if anyone else has problems with exporting or maybe it is because I am using the program on a Mac?  Printing a pricking directly from Lace RXP is fine.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 28, 2012 at 2:25pm

Janice: I just noticed the problem with newest-on-top seconds before I came to your comment about it.  I fixed it.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 28, 2012 at 1:36pm

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