Bobbin Lace

Bobbin Lace

Betty Carlile and Betty Ewing, members of the Vancouver Lace Club explained the basic steps for making bobbin lace at the Gibsons Landing Fibre Festival.


Basic Bobbin Lace Steps
Bobbin lacemaking is a form of warp-weighted weaving. The basic weave structure is a tabby weave, done using 4 warp threads at a time.

Work with 4 bobbins at a time
Number them from left to right: 1,2,3,4

Bobbin No. 2 goes over No. 3
The bobbins are renumbered from left to right – 1,2,3,4

Bobbin No. 2 goes over Bobbin No. 1
Again, number the new bobbin placement
Left to right: 1,2,3,4

Bobbin No. 4 goes over Bobbin No. 3
Renumber the bobbins, left to right: 1,2,3,4

Bobbin No. 2 goes over Bobbin No. 3
Tighten the warp and weft threads into place

Move these 4 bobbins to the left and move the next 4 bobbins to the centre

Repeat the above steps for weaving the next 4 warp threads
Work your way across the pattern as above.

When you get to the end of the row, pin the lace in place to hold it down, then work back to the right, following the same steps.
Bobbin Lace – You Tube

AMAZON – Lacemaking Books
Beginner’s Guide to Bobbin Lace

Bobbin Lace: An Illustrated Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques

Introducing Traditional Bedfordshire Lace in 20 Lessons

Torchon Lacemaking: A Step-by-Step Guide

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BOBBIN LACE

Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi