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


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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

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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.First some basic…Continue

Tags: bobbin lace fillings, bobbin lace grounds

Started by Lorelei Halley Administrator. Last reply by Lorelei Halley 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 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 Lorelei Halley 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.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 20, 2013 at 5:14pm

A warning with Jo's designer, when you either go to print out or copy the design you have made to a word document it will come out all odd! All the stitches change position, knowing that the main idea is to have a pattern in which you can print so you can do the lace at home or wherever, this leaves me some what sceptical. I even tried to add the link of the piece of lace i had designed to see what you would all think, but when i clicked on the link it went back to the default blank designer ready for the design to be done!

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 20, 2013 at 3:56pm

Also here is a link for Torchon lace design kits from Jo's website.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 19, 2013 at 10:43pm

Thanks for the link.  I didn't even know that was there.  I thought I had looked at all of Jo's pages.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 19, 2013 at 7:39pm

Kimberly, this is what I meant when i said i had found grounds in a different name, I meant grids just like you said, I also had in mind to plot the ground onto the dots after finding such grids. I didn't realize there could be computer prickings specifically for grounds as well!

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 19, 2013 at 7:26pm

Thank you so much kimberly, yes there is a place on this site for printing grounds but it is under a different name , I found it after looking at the animations. I will try and post the link here.

Have already printed my first simple design in Bucks point from this site!

Comment by Kimberly Davis on November 9, 2013 at 10:09pm


        This site does not have any prickings specifically for grounds, but it does go into detail and have animations about how to make numerous grounds.  It is worth taking a look at.

        In terms of looking for something that will print out grounds, I think the closest you will currently find is a graph paper generator or a dot can then plot the ground onto the dots.  Here is one I have used in the past, although I have not tried it with my current operating system (windows 8.)



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