For bobbin lace beginners' patterns, go to

for other bobbin lace patterns on our site,  go to 

    by Brona Bacilkova      pattern   photo 

    Another by Brona Bacilkova     pattern2 

    a new pattern every week, from Gon Homburg.  

Alex Stillwell has some simple bookmarks and other instructions as pdf files on her blog: 

Free patterns for beginners, tallies and tape laces, spiders, etc.

Sites with many books available for download:



Whole books available online for download:

LePompe 1559 (LePompe 1)

LePompe 2 Venetianische Musterblaetter aus dem XVI Jahrhundert - Le Pompe, Second Book.  1879   File size 1.5 MB PDF 

The 2nd batch of LePompe patterns, published 1880s, copyright free.  Has tape lace and plaited lace. The author put her entire book online. Each page has a translate button.  Traditional Russian bobbin lace.

Links on this page to 3 entire books of patterns available as a free download.  Patterns are Cluny type, torchon, and continental guipures.   hundreds of patterns.  Beware: of the 3, the smallest pdf is 46 mb, the largest 96 mb. Maribel Albert says this about Raizame "

Raizame do encaixe Galego:  This sampler seeks to recover, unite and make available to all lacemakers forgotten techniques and models, with so as not to lose, since many of them "die" with the few old ladies who still remember how to work them. This loss would be irreparable because all the drawings and the less contaminated techniques are the characteristics that make the Galician lace and giving it an identity.  Author: Conception Canoura Leira, Publisher: Xunta de Galicia"

The 2 Tebbs books below are part lace patterns.  A few are for beginners. Most are more complex.  Both are on the site listed above under T.

Tebbs, L.A. The Art of Bobbin Lace, Chapman and Hall, 1907, 105 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGECONTENTS. File size 6.7 MB PDF

Tebbs, L.A. and Rosa Tebbs. The Art of Bobbin Lace Supplement, Chapman and Hall, 1911, 87 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGECONTENTS. File size 10.3 MB PDF

In #1 look for Dillmont       Dillmont, Thérèse de. Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux IIme Serie [Bobbin Laces, Second Series ]  This is the part about bobbin tape lace.  A brief summary of contents of the 8 parts follows.

     part 1: basic instructions for tape lace with some photos

     part 2: more plates

     part 3: elementary patterns, incl #41

     part 4: patterns #43-46

     part 5: starts with pattern 47  This one is important.  I adapted it & worked sample.

     Part 6: patterns 52-56

     part 7: patterns 57-61

     part 8: patterns 62-66

Dillmont Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux 1re Serie [Bobbin Laces, First Series ]. In 4 parts.  Torchon bobbin lace.  Parts 1 & 2 are photos of the basics, and the French text.  Part 1 is grounds and basics, Part 2 starts with wave and fan motifs. Part 3 is torchon prickings, part 4 is torchon patterns.  Many of these are very simple and suitable for a beginner.

Mincoff & Marriage, originally published 1907, now copyright-free.  This has an especially good selection of patterns, for Cluny and tape lace. 

         Part 1 is history. 

         Part 2 mostly tape/braid lace,+torchon +some plaited  

         Part 3 is Maltese, Cluny, & plaited

Woodward, Mary Eva A Text Book on Cluny and Torchon Laces 1901, Gordon Mackay and Company Limited, 102 pages. Note:downloaded from Posted March 1, 2012SAMPLE PAGE. File size 4.8 MB PDF   Has Cluny and torchon patterns.

A needlelacetalk member found some booklets and magazines scanned and posted on picasa. So have valid copyrights and should not have been posted.  But some of the booklets are old enough that their copyrights are expired. Here are links to those albums. actually tape lace, not Cluny, no patterns, but you could work directly on the photo. (I have doubts about this one: orig publ date 1874. reprint 1994)    1st half is needle lace stitches, 2nd half is Honiton (not very good by today's standards)

Other free bobbin lace patterns online:   (Jo Edkins' site)   3 torchon bookmark patterns  Hinojosa pattern for neckline lace. Look under Patterns and Drawing  torchon mat.     bobbin lace flower    curved torchon ground pattern Bobbin lace floral collar pattern by Lorelei Halley, for Honiton or Duchesse technique, enlarged scale.  No photo, just the pattern.  butterflies and pendants  use the translate button torchon with zigzag trail tape lace butterfly torchon round mat part lace dolphin part lace seal Flanders Flanders bookmark   Russian tape lace

Polish tape lace pattern   photo  pattern

more free patterns online: 

new edgings posted every week 

free Christmas tree patterns:


for tatting patterns, go to 


When we acquire patterns for other kinds of lace, we will list their albums here also.


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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 30, 2012 at 2:15pm

I.O.L.I also has some free patterns -- some easy, some very complex.

Comment by Paula Harten on May 7, 2012 at 11:44pm

There are a few patterns on The Lace Museum's website at

Comment by winsome tapper on March 17, 2012 at 12:20pm
Thanks Ioli...
you guys are fabulous... glad I found this group. I wondered why it took me so long to research lacemaking. I had no idea that modern lacemakers existed.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 16, 2012 at 9:50pm


I just clicked on the link above to the antique pattern library and it required no password.  When you get to their page you will see a list of booklets and books.  Next to each icon for the book will be a list of pdf files to download to receive the entire book.  The problem with these sites is that we don't know what we are getting until the whole thing downloads, and some files are quite large.  I spent hours searching through their list for relevant titles and I think I found the ones most useful for beginners.  Very few of their books are devoted solely to bobbin lace.  But there are some interesting ones.

Comment by winsome tapper on March 16, 2012 at 9:16pm
Tried getting a look at the patterns at antiquepattern - requires a password.....
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 1, 2012 at 6:38am


Please talk to Mark/Tatman about how to get the link without the code.  He understands code, I don't.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on January 31, 2012 at 7:32pm

You are welcome!

Comment by Amber Lackey on January 31, 2012 at 5:49pm

Thank you! This makes it much easier.

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