What is your primary lace interest? Feel free to check more than one.
lace maker, collector
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
Every book I can get hold of
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
Tell us more about your lace interests.
I'm starting to learn bobbin lacing. I've been reading some German books so far and learned theoretical how one does make different kind of grounds. My order from Sweden (lace pillow and bobbins) is still in the post. That is how far I've come.
Thinking of beginning with making "Hardanger pattern" lace pieces (hehe I may hit the wall here after I've started). I don't know how do mend the yarn yet - I do have to be able to do so along my lacing. (This is me in a nutshell. Throwing myself out on deep water when I'm going to learn something new.)
In other words, I know practically very little.
Honiton bobbins are different from other English bobbins for 2 reasons:
1. Honiton is usually made with extremely fine thread, so a light weight bobbin is necessary. The neck on a bobbin is where the thread is stored. On a Honiton bobbin the neck is cut very shallow, there is not much room to store thread, but it isn't needed since the thread is so fine. It doesn't take up much space.
2. The other reason is that Honiton the lace maker constantly makes sewings (pulling up a loop of thread through a hole and putting another bobbin through the loop). The spangle ring on other kinds of English bobbins would get caught as the bobbin is put through the loop. This would slow you down and be very frustrating.
When you decide to learn Honiton you can plan on buying about 80 Honiton bobbins then. It doesn't usually require that many bobbins. Straight laces tend to use more bobbins.
Kirsten: the tool called "Duchesse needle" on that website would be useful for doing sewings. We call attache one part of the lace to another "a sewing" in English, but other languages use the same word as for crochet -- hakeln. So you need either the Duchesse needle or several crochet hooks in different sizes -- most fine, small sizes. You also need a pricker, something to make holes in the card. Suppliers sell pretty ones with wooden handles. The problem is that eventually the point breaks off or falls out. I prefer an all metal pinvise (there is a picture at the start of "my equipment recommendations" (see link below). Pin vises are sold at stores where you can buy wood and woodworking tools. They take needles as points, so you can use whatever size needle fits your pin diameter.
You also need a minumum of 24 bobbins, 50 is better.
I recommend a flat or cookie shaped pillow of foam, polyethylene foam, about 20 inches in diameter.
Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Take some time to explore our site. From what you say, it sounds as if torchon would be a good place for you to start. Jo Edkins has a very good site with patterns and explanations for beginners.