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Jo Edkins' Bobbin Lace School

In the past, there were lace schools, where the children of the village would learn how to make lace. This is my online lace school!

** New *** I have just published a book called Using Colour in Bobbin Lace - Buy UK - Buy USA.
Click here for my other books.

For beginners - equipment, how to set up a pillow, easy patterns

Patterns - free patterns and descriptions

Stitches - the manipulation of bobbins which is the basis of bobbin lace, with a description, animation and photos of each stitch
Grounds (or nets) - open areas of lace
Solid areas - denser areas of lace
Headsides - non-straight edge of lace
Footsides - straight edge of lace
Spiders, snowflakes, peas, joins, etc.
Torchon lace features - English Midland lace features - Tape lace features
Bucks point designs - other Bucks Point features

Different shapes of lace - strips, corners, mats, etc.

Other - various subjects about making lace

Design your own lace patterns - with grids, design kits, interactive designer and advice

Quotes about lace - from Shakespeare and other writers
Paintings and pictures of lacemakers - Dutch Lacemakers, etc.

Different types of English Bobbin Lace
Foreign Bobbin Lace

References - Lace museums, guilds, lace groups, suppliers, books, classes, lace identification, online lace lessons

Dutch translation of an older version of this website by Rene' van Hassel

Glossary - an alphabetical index to this website

Important! This is my new lace website - a rewrite of my old one which is now archived. If you prefer the old format, click here.

My name is Jo Edkins - index to all my websites - any questions or comments, email jo.edkins.lace@gwydir.demon.co.uk