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Design your own lace patterns

Why should you design your own lace patterns?

How do you start designing your own lace patterns?

Make a pattern from an existing piece of lace

General principles for designing Torchon lace

Designing a Torchon lace corner

Using colour in Torchon lace



Other ways to design Torchon lace

Design patterns with an interactive designer

Design corners with an interactive designer

Lace design kit



Grids

How to download or print a grid so you can use it

Grids for strips

pic of lace
pic of grid Square grid: Lines of pins are at 45 to the vertical. Used for Torchon, etc.

Small:    dots    lines

Medium:    dots    lines

Large:    dots    lines

Very large:    dots    lines

pic of grid Hexagonal grid: Lines of pins are at 60 to the vertical. Used for Bucks Point, etc.

Small:    dots    lines

Medium:    dots    lines

Large:    dots    lines

Very large:    dots    lines



Grids for corners

pic of lace

Small square corner:    dots    lines

Medium square corner:    dots    lines

Large square corner:    dots    lines

Hexagonal corner:    dots    lines

Hexagonal grid - square corner:    dots    lines


Join corner grids together, alternately going one way then the other, to make wiggly lace.



Grids for triangles

pic of laceTriangle from strip:    dots    lines
pic of laceTriangle from corner:    dots    lines


Grid for a cross

pic of lace

Cross:    dots    lines



Grids for mats

pic of laceSquare mat (4 sides):    dots    lines
pic of lacePentagonal mat (5 sides)   sections further apart:    dots    lines
sections closer together:   dots    lines
pic of laceHexagonal mat (6 sides):    dots    lines
pic of laceLarge circular mat (straight lines):    dots    lines
pic of laceSmall circular mat (straight lines):    dots    lines
pic of laceCircular mat (curved lines):    dots    lines
pic of laceOval mats:
Oval mat:    dots    lines
Narrow oval mat:    dots    lines
Very narrow oval mat:    dots    lines


Grids for roundels

pic of lace

A roundel has the same number of pins on the outer and inner edge, which makes the inner pins closer together than the outer. It has no centre (no room for the pins!) so can be used as a circular edge for a mat.

40 pins:    dots    lines

144 pins:    dots    lines

Combined 40 pins + 144 pins:    dots    lines

180 pins:    dots    lines

Oval roundels - all 40 pins

Oval:    dots    lines

Narrow oval:    dots    lines

Very narrow oval:    dots    lines



Grids for fans

pic of lace

Same number of pins on inner and outer edge: These patterns show 180° (half circle). Use less of the pattern for a smaller arc. The percentage shows how much of the circle is lace. Dense/sparse means more or less bobbins.

DenseSparse
60% dots    lines dots    lines
50% dots    lines dots    lines
40% dots    lines dots    lines
30% dots    lines dots    lines
20% dots    lines dots    lines

Reflected fan:    dots    lines

Diagonal start fan:    dots    lines

Different ways of designing a fan grid



Variables grids

Horizontal waves (small):    dots    linespic of lace
Horizontal waves mat (small):    dots    linespic of lace
Vertical waves (small):    dots    linespic of lace

Vertical waves mat (small):    dots    lines

Two ways waves (small):    dots    linespic of lace
Two ways waves mat (small):    dots    lines

Horizontal waves (large):    dots    lines

Horizontal waves mat (large):    dots    lines

Vertical waves (large):    dots    lines

Vertical waves mat (large):    dots    lines

Two ways waves (large):    dots    lines

Two ways waves mat (large):    dots    lines