What is your primary lace interest? Check more than one.
lace maker, lace historian
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
I'd like to learn to make bobbin, needle, and Irish crochet lace, but am having trouble finding where to start.
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
Bobbin, needle, and Irish crochet lace.
Tell us more about your lace interests.
I love learning about the history of textiles, in general. I bought a bobbin lace kit, but have been overwhelmed with the idea of trying to start using it. It seems so complicated. I'm hoping that people here might help me be inspired to finally get started.
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Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you,. We do have one for BOBBINLACE BEGINNERS, and one for IRISH CROCHET. The BOBBINLACE BEGINNERS group has links to good online lesson material, which is free, a recommended books list, and also some free tutorials. Look for the gray bar above, click on TUTORIALS.
We have a link to Jo Edkins' website which has a lot of teaching materials, particularly for torchon bobbin lace. I have also posted some lessons on simple braided bobbin lace (posted here and on my personal website). I recommend that you chose which form to start with, then come to us with specific questions.
For your interest in needle lace I suggest that you also join our sister network, called needlelacetalk. http://needlelacetalk.ning.com It has lessons on the site and lots of useful information for beginners. It is also free to join.
I suggest that you choose which you want to start with -- bobbin, needle, or Irish crochet -- and then plan on spending a year just on that form. That will solidify what you have learned to the point that you can't forget it.
If you have any question, contact me and I'll try to help.