Jo Edkins' Bobbin Lace School

How to make lace
Equipment - pillow, bobbins, etc.
How to make lace
Starting and finishing lace
Lace stitches - cloth stitch, half stitch, etc.
Footsides (straight edge)
Headsides (wavy edge)
Simple Grounds (open areas of lace)
Other Grounds
Solid areas (more dense areas)
Simple spiders
Peas and open spiders
Junctions and crossovers
Bucks Point and hexagonal grid
Corners and mats
Picots - tallies - gimps

Discussions
Some comments about my lace patterns
How much thread?
Tightening threads
Joins and twists
Pins
Printing off information
Free lace patterns and instructions
Lace patterns for Beginners
Zig-zags and diamonds
Patterns with hearts
Spiders and roses
Torchon Flower patterns
Bucks Point patterns
Braided (e.g. English Midland)
Wedding Garters
Christmas patterns
Ribbons - very thin strips of lace
Letters and numbers
Animals - Snake, spiders, butterflies, dogs, cats
Celtic knots & Greek keys
Kat stitch, star ground, open spiders
Winkie pin footsides, scallops
Ideas from existing lace
Inspired by old lace
Strange materials
Patterns for different shapes
Mats
Fans
Triangles to go in corners
Crosses
Wiggly lace
Mazes
Variable grids

Lace projects

Types of English lace
Pictures and quotes

How to design lace
Blank grids
Interactive lace designer - corner
Torchon lace design kits

Beadwork
My lace collection

I have written two Kindle books:
(or look up Jo Edkins in Amazon)
How to make Bobbin Lace - Buy UK - USA
Bobbin Lace Stitches and Techniques - Buy UK - USA
Patterns used in How to make Bobbin Lace
Glossary Dutch translation of site by Rene' van Hassel Books about lace Links to other sites (including lace groups, suppliers, online information, etc.) Contact me

Picture index to patterns
Simple patterns
for beginners
Zig-zags
& diamonds
Hearts
Spiders and roses
Flowers
Bucks Point
Braided
Garters
Christmas

Ribbons
Letters
Animals
Celtic knots
Greek keys
Ideas from
existing lace
Exploring
stitches (1)
Exploring
stitches (2)
Inspired by
old lace
Strange materials
Square Mats
Other Mats
Fan
Triangles for corners
Crosses
Wiggly
lace
Mazes
Variable
grids


Glossary

Click on the word to go to the part of the website which explains the word.

Adding bobbins
Armour net
Armure-Binche
Australian whole stitch

Barleycorns
Beads
Bedfordshire spiders
Bias ground
Binche Armure
Bobbins
Bobbins (winding)
Books about lace
Brides
Buds
Bucks Point
Bucks Point fan
Bucks Point ground

Cathedral spider
Chevrons
Cinq trous (rose)
Cloth stitch
Cloth stitch and twist
Cloth diamond
Cloth fan
Cloth footside
Cluny edge
Contact me
Corners
Covering a pin
Crown headside
Dense areas
Designing lace
Diamonds
Dot ground
Double Torchon ground
Double twisted footside
Downton
Downton whole stitch

Fans
Finishing lace
Finishing mats
Five hole
Fond a la vierge (rose)
Fond de mariage (rose)
Footsides
French fan

Gaps
German spiders
Gimp
Grids for designing lace
Grounds (simple)
Grounds (other)
Guipure
Half spider
Half stitch
Half stitch diamond
Half stitch fan
Half stitch ground
Headsides
Hearts
Honeycomb net
Honeycomb stitch
Honiton lace

Joining diamonds
Joining lace
Joining threads

Kat stitch
Knotted picots

Lattice ground
Lazy join
Leaf
Legs
Linen stitch
Links about lace
Making lace
Maltese headside
Mats
Midland lace

Nine pin headside
Net

Open spiders
Orge (spider)
Overhand knot

Part twisted fan
Passives and picots headside
Patterns
Peas
Petal
Picots
Picots (knotted)
Pins
Pins (using)
Pillow
Plait stitch
Plaited headside
Pricking card
Pricking a pattern
Raised tally
Reef knot
Removing bobbins
Réseau (net)
Ribbon in footside
Rose ground

Scallop headside
Scissors
Serpent headside
Sewn footside
Solid areas
Spider
Spider ground
Square knot
Star ground
Star mesh
Starting lace
Strips
Suppliers
Taking out bobbins
Tally
Toilé (dense)
Three-way join
Thread
Torchon
Torchon ground
Torchon ground (double)
Turning stitch
Turning stitch and twist
Trail headside
Triangular ground
Triangles
Triple cloth footside
Twist
Twisted fan
Twisted footside

Virgin ground

Wheatears
Whole stitch
Whole stitch (Downton)
Winding bobbins
Winkie pin
Windmill join

Zigzags

My own lace books (only available on Kindle)

TitleAuthorDecriptionBuy
How to make Bobbin LaceJo Edkins This teaches you to make lace, assuming you are starting from the very beginning. It describes the equipment you need (and cheap substitutes!), and takes you through a lot of stitches and techniques in 22 easy patterns. Only 12 pairs of bobbins required throughout!
Click here for patterns used in How to make Bobbin Lace
UK USA
Bobbin Lace Stitches and TechniquesJo Edkins This is a reference book of the basics. It describes stitches, simple and complex grounds, headsides and footsides, and other mysteries such as picots and tallies. It uses LOTS of diagrams, and step by step instructions. UK USA

Other people's books about lace

TitleAuthorDecriptionBuy
The Book of Bobbin Lace StitchesBridget M. Cook and Geraldine Stott Photos and diagrams explaining different types of lace stitches UK USA
Pillow Lace and BobbinsJeff Hopewell A booklet showing antique pillows, bobbins and lace equipment - fascinating! UK
Identification of Laceby Pat Earnshaw Descriptions of all different types of lace (not just bobbin) UK USA
Logarithmic Lacecompiled by Deborah Robinson Variable grids - an intriguing idea! UK USA


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Links to other websites

British lace museums:

Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury - Bucks Point
Cowper and Newton Museum near Newport Pagnell - Bucks Point and Bedford lace
Salisbury Museum - Downton lace
Allhallows Museum in Honiton - Honiton lace
Ruskin Museum in Coniston, Cumbria - Ruskin lace (not bobbin lace)
Shetland Museum - Shetland lace knitting (not bobbin lace)
V&A in London - various lace, not always on display
Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge - various lace, not always on display
Royal Albert Memorial Museum - I think this has lace
Lace Guild Museum - Limited opening

Other lace websites:

Different types of British lace from the Lace Guild
Lynxlace - includes lace identification
IOLI For those who want to learn how to make, identify, design or collect lace
A Lace Lover's Diary including descriptions of different styles of lace

Guilds for bobbin lace and similar crafts:

The Lace Guild
The Lace Society
OIDFA (International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation)
Ring of Tatters
Guild of Needle Laces

Lace Groups:

I'd love to hear of any other British lace groups. I do need a web address - a Facebook page is acceptable (ask some teenager to set one up for you if necessary!) Please contact me at jo.edkins.lace@gwydir.demon.co.uk

East of England: Fenlanders
Chesterton Lacemakers
Aragon Lacemakers
Alban Lacemakers
Norfolk Lacemakers
London & UK98 Lace Group
North of England: North Cheshire Lacemakers
Midlands: Olney Lace Circle
South of EnglandWessex Lacemakers
Tonbridge Lacemakers
North Downs Lacemakers

British lace suppliers of equipment
such as bobbins, pillows, thread:

Jo Firth Lace Making and Needlecraft
Sixpenny Bobbins
Make-lace-with-us
Mainly Lace
Claire's Lace
Church Meadow Crafts
MD Lace Bobbins
Chris Parsons, Bobbin Maker
SMP lace from Bucks, England
Biggins for Torchon patterns and other lace supplies
Roseground for lacemaking supplies and books

Lace Days:

List supplied by the Lace Guild
List supplied by Jo Firth
LaceNews - current events, lace days (particularly in England) and conventions, exhibitions, museum reviews, interviews, and special articles of topics of interest
Facebook Lace News

Lacemaking classes:

Make-lace-with-us
Mainly Lace
The Lace Guild
The Lace Society
Devon Lace Teachers

Lacemaking classes may be run as adult education classes, advertised by your local authority or council. Or try finding a local lace group and ask them if they know of any local lace classes.

Lacemaking tutorials or books online:

This website!
Lacemaking videos on YouTube
Online video for beginners about how to make lace from the Lace Guild
Introduction to Bobbin Lace taught by: THL Gweniver Kenwyn of Roseveth
A first lesson in Bobbin Lace as published in Lace Magazine International 1999
Online training by Bobbin Lace Eurpean Network - click on lesson links near top
Glossary by Bobbin Lace Eurpean Network - click on glossary links near top
Some tutorials by Jenny Brandis
Fiches techniques - diagrams with text in French
Landelijke Organisatie Kant Kunst - diagrams with Dutch text
Digital Archive of Documents Related to Lace - download the books or a sample page
Volume 1 and Volume 2 of The American Lacemaker 1904
Catalog of Antique Pattern Library - download pattern books for many crafts
The Art of Modern Lacemaking 1891
Chats on Old Lace and Needlework 1908
Le Pompe (mid 16thC lace pattern book)
Another edition of Le Pompe (mid 16thC lace pattern book)
Resources for renaissance bobbin lace
Generator of Flanders meshes

Contact me

My name is Jo Edkins. I enjoy hearing from other lacemakers, especially beginners. My email address is jo.edkins.lace@gwydir.demon.co.uk

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© Jo Edkins 2002