For bobbin lace beginners' patterns, go to

for other bobbin lace patterns on our site,  go to 

    by Brona Bacilkova      pattern   photo 

    Another by Brona Bacilkova     pattern2 

    a new pattern every week, from Gon Homburg.  

Alex Stillwell has some simple bookmarks and other instructions as pdf files on her blog: 

Free patterns for beginners, tallies and tape laces, spiders, etc.

Sites with many books available for download:



Whole books available online for download:

LePompe 1559 (LePompe 1)

LePompe 2 Venetianische Musterblaetter aus dem XVI Jahrhundert - Le Pompe, Second Book.  1879   File size 1.5 MB PDF 

The 2nd batch of LePompe patterns, published 1880s, copyright free.  Has tape lace and plaited lace. The author put her entire book online. Each page has a translate button.  Traditional Russian bobbin lace.

Links on this page to 3 entire books of patterns available as a free download.  Patterns are Cluny type, torchon, and continental guipures.   hundreds of patterns.  Beware: of the 3, the smallest pdf is 46 mb, the largest 96 mb.

The 2 Tebbs books below are part lace patterns.  A few are for beginners. Most are more complex.  Both are on the site listed above under T.

Tebbs, L.A. The Art of Bobbin Lace, Chapman and Hall, 1907, 105 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGECONTENTS. File size 6.7 MB PDF

Tebbs, L.A. and Rosa Tebbs. The Art of Bobbin Lace Supplement, Chapman and Hall, 1911, 87 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGECONTENTS. File size 10.3 MB PDF

In #1 look for Dillmont       Dillmont, Thérèse de. Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux IIme Serie [Bobbin Laces, Second Series ]  This is the part about bobbin tape lace.  A brief summary of contents of the 8 parts follows.

     part 1: basic instructions for tape lace with some photos

     part 2: more plates

     part 3: elementary patterns, incl #41

     part 4: patterns #43-46

     part 5: starts with pattern 47  This one is important.  I adapted it & worked sample.

     Part 6: patterns 52-56

     part 7: patterns 57-61

     part 8: patterns 62-66

Dillmont Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux 1re Serie [Bobbin Laces, First Series ]. In 4 parts.  Torchon bobbin lace.  Parts 1 & 2 are photos of the basics, and the French text.  Part 1 is grounds and basics, Part 2 starts with wave and fan motifs. Part 3 is torchon prickings, part 4 is torchon patterns.  Many of these are very simple and suitable for a beginner.

Mincoff & Marriage, originally published 1907, now copyright-free.  This has an especially good selection of patterns, for Cluny and tape lace. 

         Part 1 is history. 

         Part 2 mostly tape/braid lace,+torchon +some plaited  

         Part 3 is Maltese, Cluny, & plaited

Woodward, Mary Eva A Text Book on Cluny and Torchon Laces 1901, Gordon Mackay and Company Limited, 102 pages. Note:downloaded from Posted March 1, 2012SAMPLE PAGE. File size 4.8 MB PDF   Has Cluny and torchon patterns.

A needlelacetalk member found some booklets and magazines scanned and posted on picasa. So have valid copyrights and should not have been posted.  But some of the booklets are old enough that their copyrights are expired. Here are links to those albums. actually tape lace, not Cluny, no patterns, but you could work directly on the photo. (I have doubts about this one: orig publ date 1874. reprint 1994)    1st half is needle lace stitches, 2nd half is Honiton (not very good by today's standards)

Other free bobbin lace patterns online:   (Jo Edkins' site)   3 torchon bookmark patterns  Hinojosa pattern for neckline lace. Look under Patterns and Drawing  torchon mat.     bobbin lace flower    curved torchon ground pattern Bobbin lace floral collar pattern by Lorelei Halley, for Honiton or Duchesse technique, enlarged scale.  No photo, just the pattern.  butterflies and pendants  use the translate button torchon with zigzag trail tape lace butterfly torchon round mat part lace dolphin part lace seal Flanders Flanders bookmark   Russian tape lace

Polish tape lace pattern   photo  pattern

more free patterns online: 

new edgings posted every week 

free Christmas tree patterns:


for tatting patterns, go to 


When we acquire patterns for other kinds of lace, we will list their albums here also.


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Comment by Administrator on August 8, 2015 at 4:27pm

A person who calls herself Gibritte has a website/blog with a lot of free patterns, which I think are her own designs. She also has a picasa account, where I have seen photos of her work.   

Comment by Administrator on July 28, 2015 at 4:34pm

Some free patterns for bobbin lace balls, and for hankie corners

Comment by Administrator on February 4, 2015 at 1:50pm

It is from Patrons Roka, a Spanish pattern seller. (Has a website.)

Comment by Administrator on February 4, 2015 at 1:49pm

Joy -- Regarding scarf patterns. I saw this today on facebook. It occurred to me that a rectangular mat pattern could be worked longer than usual and made into a scarf. Here is an example.;;


Comment by Brenda Tryon on January 30, 2015 at 5:10pm

Why not just come up with a wide insertion by removing the edgings and matching up the pattern to make it as wide as you want it?  It would allow for a more uniform look unless you want the sewing as part of the design. 

The patterns in the Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace do not have edgings like an insertion from what I could tell, they look more like the edgings on the beginning bookmarks.  They appear to be about 4-9 inches wide with no actual length listed.  The patterns are marked for a pin distance of about 1 cm in the ground for what they are calling a double knitting yarn if this helps any.


Comment by Administrator on January 30, 2015 at 4:50pm

That is lovely.

Comment by Joy McKenzie on January 30, 2015 at 4:12pm

Helo Lorelei,

You have just brought to mind a scarf that I started before my DH passed away, all things went out of my mind then, so I can now finish that, it is strips that I will have to put them together. If I have put a photo of it  , thank for the reminder

Comment by Administrator on January 30, 2015 at 3:59pm

How about making up your own by taking several torchon insertion patterns and working strips, then sewing the strips together. You would only need to be sure all the patterns were printed out for the same size thread.


Comment by Brenda Tryon on January 29, 2015 at 11:57pm

Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder has a couple of scarf patterns in it.  I believe they are Torchon but am still too new at this to differentiate the different types of lace.

Comment by Joy McKenzie on January 29, 2015 at 7:59pm

Can anyone guide me to a Bobbin lace Torchon pattern for a scarf

Thanks in adavnce


Comment by Administrator on December 5, 2014 at 3:56pm

Simple patterns for braids and leaf tallies: ;

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on December 6, 2013 at 4:10pm
Comment by Administrator on August 15, 2013 at 6:50pm

Roughly a dozen patterns, most relatively simple.  A design-it-yourself torchon mat template.

Comment by Administrator on July 25, 2013 at 3:52pm
Comment by Administrator on June 30, 2012 at 2:15pm

I.O.L.I also has some free patterns -- some easy, some very complex.

Comment by Paula Harten on May 7, 2012 at 11:44pm

There are a few patterns on The Lace Museum's website at

Comment by winsome tapper on March 17, 2012 at 12:20pm
Thanks Ioli...
you guys are fabulous... glad I found this group. I wondered why it took me so long to research lacemaking. I had no idea that modern lacemakers existed.
Comment by Administrator on March 16, 2012 at 9:50pm


I just clicked on the link above to the antique pattern library and it required no password.  When you get to their page you will see a list of booklets and books.  Next to each icon for the book will be a list of pdf files to download to receive the entire book.  The problem with these sites is that we don't know what we are getting until the whole thing downloads, and some files are quite large.  I spent hours searching through their list for relevant titles and I think I found the ones most useful for beginners.  Very few of their books are devoted solely to bobbin lace.  But there are some interesting ones.

Comment by winsome tapper on March 16, 2012 at 9:16pm
Tried getting a look at the patterns at antiquepattern - requires a password.....
Comment by Administrator on February 1, 2012 at 6:38am


Please talk to Mark/Tatman about how to get the link without the code.  He understands code, I don't.

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