Point Ground Laces

Point ground laces include Bucks point, Tonder, Bayeux, Chantilly, Blonde, Beveren and others that use the CTTT ground.  During the 19th century virtually every nation that had a bobbin lace making tradition produced some form of point ground lace.

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Proficiency Program Point Ground 28 Replies

I'd like to hear some pros and cons to the IOLI point ground proficiency program. I'm thinking of trying it. I have no group in my area, so that would be a reason to do it. But I do attend…Continue

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Schwarzarbeit from Ulrike Voelcker/Lohr 12 Replies

Hello Everybody, I'm looking for this book. The patterns and explaination of Ulrike are really amazing and i'd like to have this book as weel, so if anyone has and doesn't want or if anyone knows…Continue

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Magic Thread 11 Replies

Hi again,kids!Am in love with my new book, "The Grammar of Point Ground." But, uh, what the heck's a Magic Thread?Continue

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Started by Joan Williams Near. Last reply by Nancy Baldwin Dec 6, 2015.


Lia Baumeister-Jonker has generously given me permission to post her 2nd Chantilly bobbin lace lesson here. It was originally published in the IOLI Bulletin Volume 35 Number 2 in winter 2015These are…Continue

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Comment by Simon Purple on September 29, 2012 at 4:05pm
You can also see it at th top of this website:
Comment by Simon Purple on September 29, 2012 at 4:03pm
The lace fragment is on page 172 of Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking by Doris Southard. I found a similar design in a book I checked out from the IOLI library, and there are several others I want to try, but I am particularly fond of the big hearts pattern and would like to find it.
Comment by Lynn Stiglich on September 29, 2012 at 3:53pm

Hi Simon, I paged through my copy of Doris Southard's book and did not see what you were referring to. There is a lovely heart pattern on the IOLI website in the pattern gallery section. I was told it is Tonder in aspects of its design. I made a couple yards of it, and want to make more because it is so pretty. It is a bit more involved than the Danish little hearts design, which I am currently working on. Fortunately lacemakers seem to love hearts and there are a lot of pretty heart designs to be found.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 29, 2012 at 2:26pm


I don't think I have ever seen a Danish Big Heart Tonder design.  Has anybody else?

Comment by Simon Purple on September 29, 2012 at 2:15pm
Where can I find a pattern for the Big Heart of Denmark, like the one in the Doris Southard book, Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking?
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 21, 2012 at 2:25pm

This album from OIDFA Caen is mostly Blonde, a few Chantilly, and a few modern-designed Blonde.  None are really close up, but the photographer was shooting through a glass case. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 21, 2012 at 2:44pm

Some pretty point ground lace by a Japanese lace maker: 

And David Collyer's newest piece:!/photo.php?fbid=10150949708372775&set=oa.10151923283270113&type=1&theater

Comment by Lynn Stiglich on June 29, 2012 at 3:03pm

Thank you Chris and Devon, for your thoughts and suggestions. I think playing with color and trying things is a great way to learn. I also like to buy colored thread, but seem to always come back to the beauty of white or ecru with the same color gimp. The shadings achieved by the density of the various patterns are sometimes subtle and really lovely, though perhaps not as showy as lace with more color in it. The issue of LACE sounds interesting - I love that there are publications and people teaching and making lace, writing and talking about it.  

Comment by Chris Brill-Packard on June 28, 2012 at 5:56pm

In Polychrome the weavers consist of one bobbin wound with 2/20 silk thread (thin thread) - I choose the same color as my passives (dark ivory).  

The other bobbin of the weaver pair as 4 strands of silk threads (140/2) blended together on one bobbin.   Cut equal lengths of all colors and then wind together as one thread onto the bobbin.  

It is important to keep notes on the colors that you blend together in your practice pieces so you know which were your favorites. 

The passives for the ground - I liked the dark ivory because it disappeared better in the motif areas with the colored silk thread.   Personally, I did not like the bright white since it was very visible.   You may want a strong contract depending on the pattern & design that you are creating so thinking ahead to what you want for a final look for the lace is important for all thread choices.  

Comment by Devon Thein on June 27, 2012 at 9:08am

Responding to Lynn. It is not a simple question, but a very profound one, as in "What is Lace?" Speaking from the perspective of one who seems to buy a lot of colored thread at the convention, as though a child in a candy store, there is the nagging thought that lace is actually a textile that is one color, with positive space and negative space. Variations are provided in the form of pattern and texture, not color.

The most recent issue of LACE, the magazine of the Lace Guild (UK) shows a piece in white, and then rendered in color. The article is about taking the white pattern, one with Australian animals in it, and the challenge of making it in color. The person who wrote the article mentioned that she had to simplify some of the patterning because of the use of color. While both versions are pretty, I have to say that what struck me immediately was that the white one with the more complicated interior patterns appealed to me more. It was published in what I believe may have been black and white. The colored one was set against a sort of buff colored background that worked for some colors, but caused others to wash out.

I suppose that one one way to approach the use of color would be to figure out in advance what the background mount will be and then either avoid that color or else only use it when you want that area of the lace to appear to be invisible.


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