Designing Bobbin Lace


Designing Bobbin Lace

For those who want to talk about designing bobbin lace, whatever style.

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For modern work look at where photos of really innovative work are posted daily.


Uta Ulrich GRUENDE MIT SYSTEM, Verlag Barbara Fay, 2009. 448 grounds


Bridget Cook & Geraldine Stott BOOK OF BOBBIN LACE STITCHES, Branford, Watertown Mass. 1980. 262 pages.  A great variety, but omits some continental grounds.

Cook & Stott INTRODUCTION TO BOBBIN LACE STITCHES. Batsford, London, 1983. 86 pages.  Adds some continental grounds omitted in the 1st book.  I would call these the most basic ground.

Christine Hawken  121 HONITON FILLINGS  "121 HONITON FILLINGS: this a a good book for the experienced Honiton lacemaker who wants ideas for fillings.  Each filling is well graphed and diagramed.  The only drawback is that the pictures of the fillings are not of the best quality.  But that is understandable since the book was published in 1997." review by Cathy Kozlowski, IOLI LIbrarian       IOLI B-298 121 Honiton Fillings


NKO 1983 - 2008 

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International Torchon Lace Design Competition 1 Reply

Please take a look at the competition rules and prizes as it would be fantastic to see your entries.

Started by Jenny Brandis. Last reply by Jenny Brandis Aug 31, 2016.

How can you design lace when you can't draw? 21 Replies

Paula's Honiton Cowis a good illustration of how one can design a piece of lace without possessing drawing skills.…Continue

Tags: tricks, Design, Lace

Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Gul'naz Taylor Jan 23, 2016.


   To start here is my analysis of the basic grounds used in bobbin lace.…Continue

Tags: bobbin lace fillings, bobbin lace grounds

Started by Administrator. Last reply by Administrator Nov 9, 2014.

Designing something a little different. 9 Replies

 Is there anyone else who likes to find something just that little bit different?ElsaContinue

Started by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren. Last reply by Selena Marie Joosten Dec 8, 2013.

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Comment by Administrator on December 9, 2013 at 2:12pm


1st you need a jpg or gif file containing your photo, from a digital camera or a scanner.

2nd go to my NOTE on photos    Paragraphs 1 and 4 are most relevant.  There are detailed instructions.

Comment by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren on December 9, 2013 at 12:14am

Hi Janice.

I fully agree, making your own rules is great! I tend to draw something unusual and then see if it can be worked.

As for this stitch, I am happy to send a picture of it, but I need to work out how to go about that, as I am not too computer smart!


Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on December 8, 2013 at 2:54pm
Comment by Janice Blair on December 8, 2013 at 11:32am

Can you put a photo on of the stitch so we can see what you have come up with.  I know that I spend more time on my own patterns and the nice thing about doing your own designs is that you can make up the rules as you go.

Comment by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren on December 8, 2013 at 1:21am

I have just designed a piece of lace and worked a stitch I don't recall ever seeing before. It is not unlike the Cooma kiss.Now to think of a name for it.

One problem with designing lace is that you don't seem to use other peoples books anymore, as you are too busy making your own patterns.


Comment by Administrator on December 7, 2013 at 3:42pm

Do show us a picture, Arlene.

Comment by Arlene Cohen on December 7, 2013 at 10:19am

I made one of these lace balls - intrigued by the challenge.  Styrofoam ball from the local craft store and covered with the pricking on card stock.  I used my large flat block pillow and assorted little pieces of balsa wood, etc. to get it wedged in.  Even with my best efforts, the ball took much longer to make than it should have because so much time was spent tensioning and readjusting the ever moving/tilting ball.  Loved the idea of it, but never felt the need to make another one because the making of it just wasn't fun.  I'll have to take a picture some time and post.

Comment by Administrator on December 6, 2013 at 6:12pm

There is a TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT group.  Interesting to see how to set up for working a ball.  When I saw her website, I couldn't imagine the working setup.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on December 6, 2013 at 4:19pm

I really don't know where to put this but I absolutely know its know where else on this site, hasn't been talked about or shown anywhere i have looked on the net or anywhere. A bit mind blowing to say the least!

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 20, 2013 at 5:20pm

Does anyone think it would work if i changed the honeycombs to 8 pin honeycombs on this pattern, it seemed to work when i did it on Jo's interactive lace designer but i could not print it or even send the link. I would still like to do the gimp with the fingers.


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