Bobbin Lace Beginnings

So I didn’t quite manage it, the 7 days / 7 posts thing. I crapped out on the last day, how pathetic! But in my defence, I’ve never done one of those blog-every-day things before and I wildly underestimated how much time and thought it would take. I kept leaving posts until too late in the day, when I was tired and braindead.

Also, I was doing something really awesome yesterday! I had my first lesson in making bobbin lace, or pillow lace, which is the same thing as far as I know. I met a woman at my local Embroiderers’ Guild branch – actually, I overheard her talking to someone else about making lace and butted in – who gives semi-private lessons at her house. I’d had a hankering to learn how to make bobbin lace for a while, but couldn’t even imagine where to start. Luckily, this woman was kind enough to invite an over-excited American stranger into her home, and I went along yesterday for my first lesson!


My first lesson taught me about winding bobbins, what the different threads do, and the first few basic stitches. My teacher said I should go home, label each bit of my piece in a notebook so I can use it as a reference, and then try everything we did all over, without her.


I’ve done all but the last thing, which is both exciting and scary. I can’t wait to try again – I hope I remember everything!

5 Comments on Bobbin Lace Beginnings

  1. aercraft
    April 30, 2012 at 21:03 (6 years ago)

    An excellent start – keep up the good work!!

  2. Scrapiana
    May 1, 2012 at 08:24 (6 years ago)

    Exciting stuff! I really like your zigzaggy test panel… too good to save as just a test.

    • julie
      May 2, 2012 at 08:50 (6 years ago)

      Thanks! I didn’t do so well on my second go, will have to try a third, but yes, I also see lots of fun in that zigzaggy beginner panel. I’m sure it’ll be like garter stitch or backstitch – once I know some more, it’ll look stupid and basic, but for now I do find it quite fetching. :)

  3. Hilary
    May 3, 2012 at 15:42 (6 years ago)

    I just ordered a starter kit so I’ll be in your shoes in a week or so. Hopefully I can learn from the book although the nice lady told me to call her if I have any questions. And she is encouraging me to visit the lace guild nearby (Dallas area). I’m looking forward to watching your progress! :)

    • julie
      May 4, 2012 at 08:02 (6 years ago)

      Yay! I won’t have another lesson for a few weeks, but I’ll try to blog about my progress in between. We’ll learn together. :)


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