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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!

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

Glossary - an alphabetical index to this website

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

Antique bobbins - my own collection

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
Flowers and other bobbin lace patterns by Jo Edkins - Buy UK - USA - Patterns used in this book
Bobbin Lace Stitches and Techniques by Jo Edkins - buy UK - buy USA

Dutch translation of an 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