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

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overview of available/used software 41 Replies

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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

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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

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Comment by Sue Babbs on January 28, 2012 at 10:43am

Have you checked the computer which is attached to the remote printer to see if that printer's default setting is "draft"?  If so, change it to "normal" or "best" on that computer and see if that makes a difference.


Have emailed Mark re "newest order first"


Comment by Janice Blair on January 28, 2012 at 10:16am

Tried that, in print setup, my only option is paper size and orientation.  I did go to Options/Set Pref and changed the print dot size to 2 which made it bigger.  I will try exporting that pattern into a Word document and see if that made a difference to the depth of color.  If not, I will try installing the program you mentioned.

I wish this Ning set up would put the mails in the newest first order.  I forgot to go to page 2 at first and could not see your post!


Comment by Sue Babbs on January 28, 2012 at 9:34am

In Lace R-XP, have you tried changing the print settings before hitting print? 

Go to file

then print setup

then click on properties (beside the name of the printer you are using)

Then you should be able to choose “normal or best” on your printer.

Settings should stay like this until you close Lace R-XP. When you next open Lace R-XP you will have to re-do the above process.


Rather than using Lace R-XP’ s print to pdf I use pdfcreator software (which you can download for free). Maybe this would help you too

Basically it adds pdfcreator as a choice in your printer settings. When you choose that it prints to a psf. Nice and easy, and I have been using it for years without any problems on the computer caused by downloading it.


Comment by Janice Blair on January 28, 2012 at 9:10am

I tried printing from Lace R-XP but it did not give me an option on changing the standard print quality. The print option just flashes on the screen and the printer starts immediately.  I am printing on a remote printer so do not have the option to change anything.  I can manage with the depth of ink for myself, but the problem also occurs when I export a design as a pdf to place into a Word document.  Any other ideas within the program to make changes?

Comment by Anita A on January 27, 2012 at 5:47pm

For those interested in designing tatting patterns, the group Gina mentioned above, Tatting Designers, also has a related Facebook Group at:

We welcome all tatters of any skill level.

Comment by Janice Blair on January 27, 2012 at 3:15pm

I will have to see if I can do that on my printer.  I think I looked at that once before and couldn't do it, but then maybe I was looking in the wrong place.

Comment by Jenny Brandis on January 26, 2012 at 7:16pm

Hi Janice, I use Lace RXP and I got around light printouts by changing the setting for the printer. It is set by default for standard print quality so I just change that to high print quality and it prints fine

Comment by Janice Blair on January 26, 2012 at 1:10pm

I use Lace RXP for my designing.  I probably don't use the program to its fullest extent as I tend not to use the layers.  Does anyone have problems with the prickings not printing darkly enough?  I use mine on my MacBook Pro.  My son in law adapted it when I moved over to Apple from my HP laptop.

Comment by Gina Shillitani on January 24, 2012 at 5:10am

I belong to a Tatting Designers ongoing class that is held online. For more information, contact Sue Fuller at or go to the Yahoo! Group associated with the class. The classes are held on Tuesdays at 3 PM and 8:30 PM EST (-5 GMT) in a chat program called Chatzy. Information on the room link and password for the class can be obtained from Sue Fuller. Hope to see some of you there!

Comment by Jo on January 22, 2012 at 1:15am

To prevent misunderstandings: Something published in a magazine is not automaticaly in the public domain, meaning free for anyone to publish anywhere. Just because you (Sue) are the author you are free to decide to publish it here too.


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