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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!

Important

The web address of this website should be www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/lace
If you are still using www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace, please note that it will stop working end of May.
There will be no redirection.
Please update your bookmarks etc.

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 and straight edges
Spiders, snowflakes, peas, joins, etc.

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

Other - various subjects about making lace

Features of different lace styles: Torchon lace (square grid) - Bucks Point (hexagonal grid) - Plaited lace - Tape lace & types of tapes

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, fairs, books, classes, lace identification, online lace lessons

Glossary - an alphabetical index to this website

My books, available on Amazon:
How to make Bobbin Lace by Jo Edkins - buy UK - buy USA - Patterns used in this book
Using Colour in Bobbin Lace by Jo Edkins - buy UK - buy USA - Patterns used in this book
Bobbin Lace Stitches and Techniques by Jo Edkins - buy UK - buy USA

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



My name is Jo Edkins - index to all my websites - any questions or comments, email me