Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace, Paperback Book
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Explore the world of Bobbin Lace with this book, which takes you through simple Torchon ground pieces to scarves, purse and bags. 'Bobbin lace may look complicated when you see a pillow set up with dozens of bobbins, but it will seem far less daunting when you realise that only four bobbins (two pairs) are in use at any one time, and there are only two moves - twist and cross - that you can do.''While the basic lace stitches are common to all types of bobbin lace, different lacemaking traditions developed different ways of putting these stitches together.

Bruges lace, for example, uses less than a dozen pairs of bobbins and a relatively coarse thread to create curved braids and flower-like motifs which are linked to form the fabric; on the other hand point ground laces, such as Chantilly or Bucks Point, are worked from one end to the other in fine silk or cotton and may need a hundred pairs or more.'An extensive techniques section makes lacemaking clear, simple and enjoyable. Five full step-by-step projects with pricking patterns. Gives advice on adding decorative features, beads and tassels.

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced lacemakers. A clearly illustrated step-by-step guide to all the stitches and techniques needed to create beautiful bobbin lace. Includes prickings and easy-to-follow photographs showing how to use them. Provides full instructions for a selection of colourful Torchon lace projects using a variety of yarns: a bag, a purse, a scarf and a cushion.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages, 200 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
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  • Category: Lace & lacemaking
  • ISBN: 9781844481088



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If you've found the directions for getting started in other bobbin lace manuals too daunting, give this one a try. In addition to the quick start up, this one also uses colored threads and some of the modern yarns in interesting ways.

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Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace, Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder. It is a wonderful book and has great instructions, pictures and diagrams. However it only teaches the Torchon style of bobbin lace. The difference is Torchon works on a diagonal grid adding fibers when starting the piece. This can be easily be seen in the bookmark lessons. The projects are great, Spring purse, Summer scarf, Summer bag, Autumn cushion, Winter scarf. The Winter scarf is beautiful and a good example of how bobbin lace can be done with any size thread and be beautiful. Great starter book.

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