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« on: August 15, 2005 11:52:36 AM »

Greetings all,

I was wondering if any of y'all out there have made (or currently make) bobbin lace.  I've been teaching myself (with a bit of help from others who've dabbled in it) and thought I'd find out if anyone has resources to recommend.
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005 04:26:01 AM »

I've only done a small amount of bobbin lace (I don't know that I really care for it, though I'm always going to give it another go one of these days) but there are lots of pattern and how to sites on the net.
This one is helpful:
http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/

I did have others, but for some reason, all my lace bookmarks disappeared! Angry
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2005 08:13:37 AM »

I just started making bobbin lace as well.  I bought a starter kit from Halcyon Yarns.  They look to be a good source for supplies (I also buy yarn there for many knitting projects).
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2005 08:21:08 AM »

whats bobbin lace? i tried lookin it up but i couldnt find anything on it!! is it hard?! xxx
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2005 12:03:06 PM »

Bobbin lace is classified as a form of handweaving, but it doesn't involve a loom, per se.  The lace is made up of 2 basic "stitches" which result from the crossing of threads which are held on long, thin "bobbins" and are worked on a "pillow."

Here's a few sites to look at:
http://lace.lacefairy.com/BeginGuide.html
http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa01/aa091401.htm
http://www.havenonline.com/bobbinlace/
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2005 01:43:32 PM »

wow thank you! that looks reali cool!! good luck, it looks rather complicated xxxx
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2005 07:04:31 AM »

I used to make bobbin lace, when I was a bit younger.  The best book I found was one I picked up from the Lace Museum in Nottingham (UK), called something like Lace making wth Brer Rabbit.  Sadly it was printed by them, and not published.  Sorry it's not much help.

I learned on a polystyrene pillow, but I then got a rectangular one (not polystyrene) with a central section with moving blocks.  If you're planning on doing long runs of lace I'd reccommend one of these, as it means you can carry on making even when you get towards the end ofthe pillow, you just unpin the top finished section, and slide it out of the top and in at the bottom, ready to continue making.

I might have to get my lace stuff out again - Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2005 07:29:29 AM »

Does anyone know if you are able to do yardage with a cushion-style pillow?  Obviously, using a roller type would simplify this immensely.  However, i really can't afford to invest the money in more equipment right now.  I would imagine that you could CAREFULLY move everything up on the pricking, but I am not sure.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2005 11:43:54 AM »

I'm not sure about using the pillow for yardage, but I have seen instructions for making a roller/cylindrical pillow, if you feel up to making one.
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2005 01:02:38 PM »

that's an idea.  it's probably wouldn't be that hard to make a roller pillow.  not that i am ready to get into yardage yet.  but, probably sooner rather than later.
i may have to go hunting for those directions...
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2005 07:32:30 PM »

There's a link for instructions on this page:
http://www.loreleihalley.com/bobbinlace.htm

Also, take a look at:
http://lace.lacefairy.com/PillowsBobbins/BobbinPillows.html
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2006 07:30:12 AM »

hi all,

i'm a neebie here. i'm happy, that i found a bobbin lace post ... i teach it in germany since 4 years and make it since 20 years. now i have a question - in march 2006 my hubby and i want to go to california (san diego, san francisco and LA).... is there any interesting place which we have to visit? exibition, museum, shop etc. where we can see something about lace making??? i'm glad about every answer. ty

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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2006 05:45:22 PM »

I'm not aware of museums myself, but you might find Lacis interesting:
http://www.lacis.com/
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2007 08:30:02 AM »

I haven't tried it yet, but my grandma is making bobbin lace and I plan to learn from her - it would really be a pity if I didn't! I love her crafts.
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2007 10:10:55 AM »

I imagine that you could use a round pillow for yardage, you'd just have to have several repeats for your picking pattern, I think. I've never done more than a sample for bobbin lace. But, if you are in Seattle, there are a bunch of people in that area who do bobbin lace. You might check out Weaver's Works in the U district (If you haven't already) I know they have books, and I think they have bobbins. They might know of a local group. But there was a lady from Snohomish who taught me...
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2007 02:47:31 AM »


I like this, there are Czech pillows as examples. Wink I think my grandma has bolster pillow, that one seems to be the most common one here. And I really like how the example of Czech bolster pillow uses a small chair as the cradle! Cheesy

Here are the directions for making one on that site:
http://lace.lacefairy.com/PillowsBobbins/CradleBolsterPillow.html

However, I remember that my grandma said she was using hay to fill the pillow. I guess it depends on what you have at hand. Someone with big garden and grass might consider hay a better choice. Wink
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2008 09:54:48 AM »

News about bobbin lace from me! Cheesy I visited my grandma this week and started learning; and it seems pretty easy to me, when I was shown how to do it. I admit I have experience with macram and weaving, which might make it easier. I love weaving, but it's a bit boring for me - and this is like weaving, but more diverse and therefore less boring... Now I only have to get more bobbins!
I'm still not able to get the begining knot right, though.

An update on the pillows:
It was great-grandma, or great-great-grandma, who used hay for the pillow, not grandma. So did one of my aunts - she lended her pillow and bobbins to me, but the hay-filled pillow seems not to be the best one.
Grandma used expanded polystyrene foam covered with padding and fabric cover for hers, and it holds shape and the pins much better; the pins go loose in the hay-filled one sometimes.
And, what's much better than these shattered pieces of information: grandma gave me one unfinished pillow, including unfinished craddle, so I might be able to make some sort of tutorial for you, after I finish it!
BTW, the pillow is called herdule in Czech. I like that word. It's a specialised word, not like the English pillow... So here I apologise in advance, because I think I'm going to keep calling it herdule in the tutorial to come... also because the idea of a polystyrene foam pillow sounds strange.

Advice on bobbins: bobbins with heavier bottoms are definitely easier to work with.
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2009 04:42:41 PM »

W00t! I'm so excited, I just scored a miniature bobbin lace set from an antique shop for about twenty bucks, and I'm so glad to have found this thread. Thanks for all the info! So, any finished projects would be best listed under the weaving section, I assume?
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