Early Bobbin Lace

Early Bobbin Lace is the lace designed up until the mid 17th century, or approximately 1650.  These early laces were often made freehand, but they are not the same as what has become known as the peasant free hand laces of many regions.  All aspects of early lace are welcome for discussion here, including revival era laces, publications new and old, materials, etc.

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Examples + Resources 

From Caroluskantjes.

From LePompe 

Nuw Modelbuoch available as a free download ;

From Rosemary Shepherd 

Gillian Dye's early lace website + her books ;

Another, source unknown

Katherine Davies,various sources, including Art Institute of Chicago

Lena Dahren, Med kant av guld och silver, En studie av knypplade barder och uddar av meetall 1550-1640,  This study examines bobbin-made borders and edgings in gold and silver during the period 1550-1640. The Swedish collections that were studied are unusually well provenanced, which is very important when studying lace, as there were so many copies of lace made in the 19th century. It is a dissertation presented to Uppsala Universitet in 2010. It is in Swedish, but there are so many beautiful color photos and diagrams that it is still a useful book for the non-Swedish speaker, although it would be even more useful if it were to be translated. One thing that sets it apart is that the author is a skilled lacemaker as well as a scholar. The address given for distribution is but Lena informs me that the only dealer who carries it is Barbara Fay Verlag so potential buyers should contact Barbara Fay Verlag.

The successor to the OIDFA Freehand Lace Study Group-

Book List

These may be a little late--mid 17th c

Discussion Forum

Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620 11 Replies

Of great interest to Early Lace enthusiasts is the exhibit Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. This features the…Continue

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Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Carolina de la Guardia Mar 17, 2016.

Spangles on lace 15 Replies

I was curious about what research has been done regarding spangles on early lace.I was reading a copy of Extracts from the Accounts of the Revels at Court in the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King…Continue

Started by Nancy M. Terselic. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Dec 17, 2014.

Tips for planning a museum visit for lace 6 Replies

Greetings!I'm planning to visit a museum which has several samples of 16th and 17th C bobbin lace.  Based on the website, only one piece of the period lace is out on display, and it seems that most…Continue

Started by Nancy M. Terselic. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti Jul 21, 2014.

Looking for large pins 3 Replies

Kim Davis or any one else who might know, I need some of those large pins that look nails that are so great for making early lace. I bought some from The Lacemaker in the past, but the business don't…Continue

Started by Rebecca Mikkelsen. Last reply by Rebecca Mikkelsen Jun 24, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 2, 2013 at 4:10pm

If anybody has made samples of early laces from any of the books on our BOOK LIST, please post a link here.  I am trying to collect a set of photos that illlustrate this type.  I don't want to post pages of the book, but actual laces made by our members.  Or if you happen to have a really really old lace from before 1650 in your collection.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on September 9, 2012 at 10:25pm

I have just found out that there are some alterations available for downloading and printing off for the Rosemary shepherd book " An Early Lace Workbook."

Go to

And scroll down below the book, and you will find 6 PDF pages you can print.  Some text, and some are diagrams.




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