Bobbin Lacemaking

Bobbin Lace

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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.
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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.

bobbin lace making

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.

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Lacemaking Books

Beginner’s Guide to Bobbin Lace (Beginner’s Guide to Needlecrafts)
Bobbin Lace: An Illustrated Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Introducing Traditional Bedfordshire Lace in 20 Lessons
Torchon Lacemaking: A Step-by-Step Guide

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