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

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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 Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 9, 2013 at 5:54pm

I did post one set, but it is limited.  

As far as I know it is the only one we have so far.  I do have some others somewhere.  I'll look.

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 8, 2013 at 4:19pm

Is there a place on this website where it is possible to print out several ground prickings, also where they can be done at different percentages. I know i have seen it before, I do realize that you would need the software for this, but as far as i know it may be here somewhere.

Comment by Danette Cross on November 30, 2012 at 10:21am

Well, my husband bought me on in L.A. that was 22" x 44" and gorgeous - lost it someplace between Ash Wednesday mass and home - Ahhhh!  But I had already measured it, thank God. I can't decide if I should make it as one large piece or do an edge and center separately   I have made a large bolster that is about 25" long and has a circumference of about 45" so could probably do it all on that bolster - but don't want to use a table runner pattern!! ha ha! (though I have been tempted)

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 29, 2012 at 3:07pm

Danette: a tape lace veil would be very nice. You could make it as coarse or fine as you wish, and the work wouldn't take forever. Nor would it use lots of bobbins. What would be your outside dimensions. Do you have a design in mind?

Comment by Danette Cross on October 29, 2012 at 2:07pm

I would simply love to be able to design a piece of tape lace.  I want to make my own Mantilla (chapel veil) and I think that a tape lace would be beautiful.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 3, 2012 at 3:49pm


You can always design a 2nd one and post it here.  If you are willing to let the world have the pattern for free.  We have an album of free patterns.  Some are from books with expired copyrights, but some are drawn by our members.

Comment by Robin DeSpain on October 3, 2012 at 9:59am

I'm working on one right now for the 2013 contest.  The theme really tickled my creativity.  I hate that I can only submit one.

Comment by Janet Peer on October 2, 2012 at 12:53pm
I just received the IOLI Bulletin and have to compliment Janice Blair and Barbara Saltern on winning prizes in the lace contest for their beautiful original designs! How about all of you original designers submitting one of your designs to the Bulletin so we can see what you are doing?
Comment by Emily Robinson on October 2, 2012 at 4:00am

I've always been really into doing art but I'm now a chemistry PhD student and have no time or space to fit painting into my life... I've been doing lace since about february and it's a great substitute (it certainly takes up less space, for now), but I've only used other people's patterns a couple of times. I love the creative process and why should it be different using bobbins rather than brushes?! Being a beginner can help I think because I'm not limited in my head by what I think lace should be able to do, I fit the technique to my own ideas.

Comment by Elsa Elisabeth van Baaren on October 2, 2012 at 12:31am

To me, designing something different is a lot like doodling.All I need is a pencil and some graph paper.

Looking through magazines and old pictures often turn up something not seen for a long time.Then comes the challenge of recreating it.

Mixing stitches from different laces can also lead to something a little different.

Needless to say, these mixed patterns could not be used for a proficiency!!



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