Learning Bobbin Lace Making

Today’s post is unplanned. It’s about the learning process we all go through.

When you learn how to make bobbin lace, you learn the whole stitch on two pairs and hoopla we go to the multiple pair lace making. Not thinking even once about what we might have missed.

Over the years I noticed that there is an un-proportionally large percentage of lace makers that cannot do tallies without the help contraptions (you know things, that help you get stuff done without necessary skills, sometimes fingers are enough).

When we look at the photo, of what you can do with two pairs, you notice there is kind of a gap in the work. Perhaps as a beginner, you are not aware of it, but it is there patiently awaiting you to come around and become aware of it. Some, sadly, never do, but “c’est la vie”.

This something should give you the practice and the feel in the hands to set you ready for the tallies.

In the process of learning, I noticed this enormous gap in my basic knowledge and understanding of work with two pairs.  To perfect something, you need gradually to make steps towards your goal. But what are these steps?

Through frustration healed on Pinterest, I noticed something that is exclusively present in French lace. I said why not try it?

Finding the techniques name almost became mission impossible. And boy it was a long way to go.

It’s called Venetian braid/Ganse pricesse at least what I was capable of finding.

But there is one more thing for which I can’t find the name. I call it rolled cord; mind you this is made-up but fits the description. Edit, I found it’s called “roulotte”.

In example picture, I was very short with samples, trying to fit them all on a single picture.

When going back to basics, from elaborate lace making, you realise you are not consistent in your work, especially when it comes to thread tension.  And all of that lies in your hands.

Thread tension is of crucial importance. Almost all threads today have at least some stretchability. When working with stretch and threads being made for machine work, not for handwork. Well, you better have some keen sense in your hands while making lace.

When too much tension is applied, your lace is going to change its shape when taken off the pillow. And only heavy starching will hide the problem. On the other hand, with too little tension lace can be flimsy to the point that it is not usable. I have one picture of failed tension, I did my best in applying too much.

All this could be avoided, with the right thread. Not every thread is good for handwork or lace making. And with this decision, we limit ourselves to a minimum in colour and everything else. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for that.

I strongly believe that we should put some serious time and effort into this topic and develop the skills needed, for achieving maximum results.

That’s all for today. I wish you all successful lace making and great lace projects with even better results.

Till next time.




P.S.: I decided to start making experiments with two pairs. What can I make?

Here Is the first picture of earings.

2 pair bobbin lace earings_1

2 pair bobbin lace earings_1