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Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire bobbin lace is a braid/plait based straight lace.  The designs usually involve a graceful clothwork trail that meanders through the design, and are usually curvilinear rather than geometric (except for the simplest ones).  The ground is usually a 4 strand plait/braid, often with picots.  The more complex designs often require threads to be constantly added and removed to achieve a good density.

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Hi all: I have always only done torchon lace and am now learning to do Bedfordshire lace. I am looking for basic advice. How does one know when to leave the pins standing up and when to push them all…Continue

Started by Sheila Antell. Last reply by Helen Bell Dec 29, 2016.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 16, 2018 at 5:57pm

A new Louise West video on how to make raised and rolled tallies.

https://youtu.be/UB1gbVlobfM

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 29, 2018 at 3:36pm

Glad to help.

Comment by Jenny on January 28, 2018 at 9:28pm

Thanks Lorelei,

A lady I know that teaches also doesn’t like it & recomends Underwood. I have that book as well and actually pulled it out yesterday to see how she handles it.  I think the design is OK, just the instructions. So far I haven’t had a problem with the Nottingham book, but this one is so confusing. 

I just wanted other people’s opinions and make sure it isnt my silly brain. I will use the instructions that you sent me ages ago. They were so much clearer.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 28, 2018 at 8:48pm

Jenny - I don't have that particular book of hers, but I do have some others. I have also found her directions sometimes confusing. And occasionally there are mistakes in the diagrams or patterns.  But she is very good at designing patterns for learning purposes. I would not recommend her books for someone just beginning with a particular style of lace. I think the Underwood ;20 LESSONS is much clearer. But I still think Nottingham is valuable.

Comment by Jenny on January 28, 2018 at 7:53pm

Afternoon All,

Has anyone here used Pamela Nottingham's book 'Bedforshire Lacemaking'?

I am very slowly working my way through it and am up to pattern 6a, I have made it into a bookmark with a rounded top and bottom.

I figure the lesson is about how to start with a rounded top, but gee her instructions have got me so confused! Has anyone else found this or is it just me?

I have done another bookmark with a rounded top where Lorelei sent me fabulous instructions, so thinking I might just use those and see how I go.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 26, 2017 at 11:57pm

Looks great Jenny. May I ask you to post it to our PHOTOS section? That way we can find it again by doing image searches.  Read paragraph 5 in this NOTE --

http://laceioli.ning.com/notes/PHOTOS 

Comment by Jenny on September 26, 2017 at 6:41pm

Have finally finished my first ever bobbin lace hankie edge, with all it's mistakes and imperfections.

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 8:23pm

Thanks, and thanks again for all your help

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on September 6, 2017 at 8:00pm

Looks good, Jenny!

Comment by Jenny on September 6, 2017 at 6:12pm

And this is the finished piece ready to be mounted

 

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