Bruges Bloomwork

Bruges Bloomwork and Chrysanthemum Work.  Bloomwork is a fairly coarse and simple part lace with a limited set of standard motifs.  Any design is made up of a selection of these motifs arranged in a pleasing way.  Chrysanthemum Work adds some decorative stitches to the cloth parts.

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Need help ending Pivot (Curl) in chrysanthemum 3 Replies

I just finished my pivot/curl but am puzzled about  when to work with the last pair again - the one that I wrapped the thread over and under. Also when do I pull out the pivot pin.The first (inside)…Continue

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Comment by Administrator on November 29, 2017 at 4:44pm

A new book on Bruges bloomwork in Spanish. Haven't seen the inside.

Título: Flores de Brujas I
Autora: Maribel Albert
Idioma : Español
Precio: 25€

Método teórico - Práctico de la técnica del encaje de Brujas, manual de consulta y ayuda con un patrón tradicional Belga.

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Comment by Neža on May 17, 2017 at 4:39am

Thank you. I will certainly write if I discover anything.

Comment by Administrator on May 15, 2017 at 5:30pm

I don't know enough to actually help you in your search for information. The problem is that many new laces, and new simpler versions of old laces, were invented in the early 20th century (and late 19th century).  Bruges Bloomwork was invented in the early 20th century, but I have not been able to find any more specific information about just who started it. It may have been one of the teaching centers, or perhaps an individual. Chrysantenwerk is supposedly a branch of Chrystantenwork. So it should have started at about that same time. It is very frustrating. I have wanted clarification on this myself. One possibility is that Kantcentrum (the old Kantcentrum) may have been involved. I will be interested to hear anything that you may discover about this issue.

Comment by Neža on May 15, 2017 at 4:05am

Thank you for all your informations and links. I'm more interested in history of it than in chrysantwerk technik itself. I've allready ordered 2 books about it and hoped that they include also something about history. In first one (Belleville: Chrysanthemum Lace) there was nothing, I'm still waiting for second one (Cockuyt: The technique of chrysanthemumbloemwork). I would be very happy if someone has old patterns for chrysanthemum lace.

Comment by Administrator on May 12, 2017 at 12:27am


That piece was given to me by my teacher, who lived in Iowa. She said that someone she knew had made it. I have seen several photographs of similar laces in various places. But I don'[t remember exactly where. My impression is that the piece is from a 20th century pattern designed in the tradition of "Chrysanthemum Work". She told me that Chrysanthemum work is a subdivision of Bruges Bloomwork (also a 20th century invention, or perhaps very late 19th century). LOKK (the Dutch lace guild) has a simple free pattern on their website.

I did an image search on      chrysanthemum work bobbin lace

and got a lot of photos, chrysanthemum work and Bruges mixed

Comment by Neža on May 11, 2017 at 1:27am

Hello. I'm interested in lace on photo in "Examples and resources" - chrysanthemum work, first example (

Do you know where is it from, how old it is, who and where made it, anything ... I research bobbin lace patterns with chrysanthemum motif. In Slovenia it was quite popular in 20's and 30's, but tecnik that was used, was broad tape and sometimes halfstitch. Anyway, a pattern used for the lace on photo could be the same for bruges and "slovenian" type of chrysanthemum. I am very interested in history and possible connections between both. So, please, I would be very grateful for any information.

Comment by Monica Posner on December 19, 2014 at 2:47pm

Thank you all! I agree, the "cantu" look is definitely there and so lovely and yet it's got a tape lace effect to it as well.  Thank you sooo much for finding it! Now to try it.... You ALL are wonderful! Thank you so much again :)

Comment by Administrator on December 16, 2014 at 1:57am
Comment by Administrator on December 16, 2014 at 1:56am

I just got an answer to the question from a Slovenian lace maker on facebook. She says:

"Afrodita Hebar Kljun It is pattern of Slovene pattern designer Irma Pervanja, you can find it here:

Prtiček - sredina - 30 cm Tehnike: ris, polpremet, kantu rožice, kitice, pajki, rožiceSukanec št. 30

Comment by Administrator on December 16, 2014 at 1:36am

Yes those litttle 3 petal flowers near the center of the piece are Cantu style flowers.  But the rest doesn't fit with Cantu.


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