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Basic Patterns
Learning the Basics
   narrow strip pattern3  narrow strip pattern cloth stitch strip    
  
  Cloth stitch strip lesson.
If you print this at full size, you will have strips for several different thread sizes to choose from.

It requires 6 pairs, which do not need to be wound in pairs.

Cloth stitch, half stitch, double stitch (also called whole stitch, whole throw)

    braid-plait-1        Lesson 1 At the original size the pattern uses DMC or Anchor Cordonnet 40, pearl 12, Bockens linen 35/2. 

It requires 6 pairs = 12 bobbins.  They do not need to be wound in pairs.

Braids/platis, windmill join, picots

    braid, sq tally           braid, leaf tally

  Tallies lesson
Tallies: square and leaf shaped.

basic stitches circle   

circle   
                                                                                                                   
6 pairs, wound in pairs.  In the colored parts each line represents 1 pair.  Refer to the  international color code   for the stitches: purple = cloth stitch, green = half stitch, red = doublestitch TCTC.  Light blue = braid/plait.  Yellow = tally (rectangular tally).  For full size pattern try pearl cotton #5. 

On the full size pattern I used DMC Brilliant Crochet Cotton, article 981.  I don't think they make it any more.  It is comparable in size to pearl 5 cotton or cordonnet #10.
I also worked the full size pattern in 20/2 linen, which is similar in size to cordonnet #20.  I liked it much better in 20/2.  The design was clearer.

For Cordonnet #30 reduce to 71%.. 
Reduce to 63% if you want to use # 40 Cordonnet or Pearl 12.


Reduce to 41% and try tatting cotton #80.  It could then decorate a pincushion.  Just sew it onto the top of the pincushion.

The basic elements: cloth stitch, half stitch, double stitch, braids, picots, tallies.
                                                                                           
 free bobbin lace pattern   
        Square3

 
 
 For practicing different edge stitches.
10 pairs, wound in pairs.  For full size pattern try pearl cotton #5. 

Reduce to 50% and try tatting cotton #80.

Use it as an edging for a pincushion, or sew it onto the top of one.




Easy Patterns
Using What You Have Learned
       mm1 Print the pattern at 70%.  It should be 168 mm long.  At that size use DMC or Anchor Cordonnet 60, Bockens linen 50/2, Moravia linen 40/2, Fresia linen 60/2.

It requires 24 bobbins, not wound in pairs.

This was printed in Mincoff & Marriage, 1907.  But they got it from LePompe 1559.

Same elements as lesson 1.
       lepompe2b3   lesson 2 Print at 125%.  It should be 180 mm long.  At that size use DMC or Anchor Cordonnet 60, Bockens linen 50/2, Moravia linen 40/2, Fresia linen 60/2.

It requires 12 pairs of bobbins, wound in pairs.

This is from LePompe II 1562, reprinted in 1879.  Available online at:  

http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books.html

Hang on in pairs.

 

    
      Lesson 3
Pattern is from Handleiding voor Vrouwelijke Handwerken #11 (Instructions for Women's Handwork), A. W. Sijthoff, Leiden,    the file is hw11.pdf .
Find it at        http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books.html
This is in the 1st part of the list, with no authors listed.

I designed the corner.

I enlarged the pattern to 125% and used a 60/2 weaving linen and Moravia linen 40/2.  Cordonnet crochet cotton #60 or Bockens linen 50/2 would also fit that size. 
The original should should work with #80 tatting cotton.

Hang on in pairs, sew out at the end, connect braid/plait to footside.
  LePompe 1562    Lesson 4   I enlarged it to 150% of the original size and used 40/2 weaving linen.  Bockens linen 35/2, DMC Cordonnet #40, or pearl cotton #12 would be comparable in size.

12 pairs of bobbins, or 24 singles.

This is from LePompe II 1562, reprinted in 1879.  This one and the LePompe2b3 pattern, above, are available online at:

http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books.html

---. Venetianische Musterblaetter aus dem XVI Jahrhundert - Le Pompe, Second Book. [Venetian Pattern Sheets of the Sixteenth Century], , 1879, 35 pages. Posted March 17, 2007. SAMPLE PAGE. File size 1.5 MB PDF

Use the same pin 3 times. (A technique often used in Cluny)


     lace65      Lesson 6 Crossing 3 braids, use pin twice (at corner).  Pattern by Lorelei Halley.   
      Lesson 7  Uses techniques from lessons 3 and 6, adds cloth and half stitch spot, and kiss stitch.
     Braid lace B2
 Edging B2
Braided Edging B2

Print at 90%.  I used Bockens linen 35/2.  Also works with Cordonnet #40, or pearl 12.


Go to Braided Edging B2 for instructions.

Connect braid to footside.
Basic A Basic A Original size 68mm.  I used Fawcett's 40/2 linen.  Bockens linen 35/2 is similar, as is Fresia 40/2.  Also comparable are cordonnet crochet cotton #40 or pearl cotton 12. 

6 pairs wound in pairs.

 Go to Basic A for instructions. 

If you have completed lessons 1 and 3 you can make this.
Basic B Basic B 17 pairs, wound in pairs, 40/2 linen, Bockens 35/2, Fresia 40/2. Cottons: cordonnet #40, pearl #12.

 Go to Basic B for instructions. 

If you have completed lesson 3 you can make this.
Basic D Go to Basic D for instructions. Prerequisites:   lessons 1, 3, and 5.
   

 


Patterns donated by Ilske Thomsen for publication here.                *
Harz
 Waterlily 
 Rainbow Over the Sea  
 Christmas Tree  

 


Use flat Honiton or Duchesse technique
                                                                   
center      This pattern has no photo because I never made a sample.  Please see this page for explanation and full set of images.

 


Torchon Patterns by Lorelei Halley                                                                                       *
  torchone grounds  
  torchon bobbin lace   torchon bobbin lace
 torchon bobbin lace  torchon bobbin lace R2
designed by Lorelei Halley, TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS.
 R2 All the photos and diagrams are for the same pricking.  Different interpretations are possible. 
Original was dotted on 12/inch graph paper. For that size use #80 cordonnet crochet cotton (DMC, Anchor or Lizbeth), or Bockens linen 60/2, 80/2 or similar.
 

    
     
R41  Torchon R41
designed by Lorelei Halley.  This pattern is from my book TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, which is available from this website, at
http://lynxlace.com/mybookspatterns.html
Torchon R41   The original was dotted on 8 per inch graph paper.  It will work with DMC Cordonnet #40, Bockens linen 35/2, Fresia linen 40/2, pearl cotton #12.
For #80 cordonnet (tatting cotton) reduce the pattern to 67% of its original size.
 torchon bobbin lace
 torchonbobbinlace
Torchon R 47, designed by Lorelei Halley, TORCHON BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS.
 R 47 torchon bobbin lace The original was dotted on 8/inch graph paper.

 

  Tape Lace Patterns -- Braid Lace Patterns                                                                                 *
These are motifs taken from Dillmont Die Kloeppelspitzen, DMC's book of tape lace instruction and patterns.  Its copyright is expired.
tape lace DMC #65  tape lace pattern   This is a motif abstracted from the corner. On original size patter 4 /58 inches at widest, I used DMC Cordonnet #80, 6 pairs.  See Dillmont, 2nd series (below), part 8, for entire original pattern.   Adaptation by me.
tape lace DMC #44
 tape lace pattern    This is a corner motif abstracted from the green lace. On original size pattern 6 5/8 inches at widest part, I used 6 pairs DMC Cordonnet #80.  See below, Dillmont, 2nd series, part 4, for complete pattern.  Adaptation by me.
tape-lace DMC # 47
tape_lace I used 6 pairs of #70 linen.  



Other online sources for free patterns
:            http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books.html                                              *
The ones listed here are books with many patterns.  All have expired copyrights, or were donated by their authors.

De Jager-Meezenbroek
, L. J. Kantklossen Techniek (Bobbin Lace Technique with Simple Examples), Eska, Utrecht, 49 pages. Posted June 2, 2010. SAMPLE PAGE. REVIEW. File size 2.3 MB PDF
Very basic modern

Dillmont
, Thérèse de. Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux 1re Serie [Bobbin Laces, First Series ], Bibliotheque DMC, March 1921, 226 pages. Note: some pages reduced to fit. Posted December 13, 2006. SAMPLE PAGE. Part 1: File size 8.5 MB PDF. Part 2: File size 13.1 MB PDF. Part 3: File size 10.5 MB PDF. Part 4: File size 13.5 MB PDF.    Parts 1 & 2 are photos of the basics, and the French text.  Part 1 is grounds and basics, Part 2 starts with wave and fan motifs. Part 3 is torchon prickings, part 4 is torchon patterns.  Many of these are very simple and suitable for a beginner.
Torchon patterns.

Dillmont
, Thérèse de. Les Dentelles aux Fuseaux IIme Serie [Bobbin Laces, Second Series ], Bibliotheque DMC, November 1924, 142 pages. Note: some pages reduced to fit (scanned images provided by Sofi). Posted November 7, 2007. SAMPLE PAGE. Part 1: File size 16.6 MB PDF. Part 2: File size 13.2 MB PDF. Part 3: File size 10.7 MB PDF. Part 4: File size 11.7 MB PDF. Part 5: File size 16.9 MB PDF. Part 6: File size 22.5 MB PDF. Part 7: File size 11.4 MB PDF. Part 8: File size 17.9 MB PDF.
Bobbin tape lace patterns (braid lace).   A brief summary of contents of the 8 parts follows.

    part 1: basic instructions for tape lace with some photos

     part 2: more plates

     part 3: elementary patterns, incl #41

     part 4: patterns #43-46

     part 5: starts with pattern 47  This one is important.  I adapted it & worked sample.

     Part 6: patterns 52-56

     part 7: patterns 57-61

     part 8: patterns 62-66


http://kruzhevosasovo.narod.ru/training/00.htm The author put her entire book online. Each page has a translate button.
Traditional Traditional Russian bobbin lace.

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. Handleiding voor Vrouwelijke Handwerken # 11 (Instructions for Women's Handwork), A. W. Sijthoff, Leiden, 83 pages. Note: from the publication "La Gracieuse". Posted June 2, 2010. SAMPLE PAGE. REVIEW. File size 6.0 MB PDF
Torchon, Cluny, Tape Lace

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. Handleiding voor Vrouwelijke Handwerken # 12 (Instructions for Women's Handwork), A. W. Sijthoff, Leiden, 67 pages. Note: from the publication "La Gracieuse". Posted June 2, 2010. SAMPLE PAGE. REVIEW. File size 6.7 MB PDF
Wide torchon

Also look for Kristina Koustouraki-Koukoulari.  The original is in Greek.  The pdf file is kkk-lace.pdf.  The booklet has some simple tape lace patterns.  Author donated book to ariz.edu.  English translation is:  Koustouraki-Koukoulari, Kristina. Cretan Bobbin Lace [Kritiko Kopanelli], 1985, 43 pages. Note: Translation from the Greek. Provided by Tess Parrish. Posted September 25, 2002. CD (HWDA11). CD (LDA01). SAMPLE PAGE. File size 5.3 MB PDF
Simple elementary tape lace

LePompe 1559  = LePompe 1 --
  http://visualiseur.bnf.fr/CadresFenetre?O=IFN-8622058&I=1&M=notice

LePompe 1562  = LePompe 2 --
  Venetianische Musterblaetter aus dem XVI Jahrhundert - Le Pompe, Second Book. [Venetian Pattern Sheets of the Sixteenth Century], , 1879, 35 pages. Posted March 17, 2007. SAMPLE PAGE. File size 1.5 MB PDF   Braided/plaited lace and some tape lace.
LePompe-braided and tape lace

 

Mincoff, Elizabeth and Margaret S. Marriage. Pillow Lace: A Practical Hand-Book, E. P. Dutton, 1907, 290 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted March 25, 2004. CD (LDA04). SAMPLE PAGE. CONTENTS. Part 1: File size 8.4 MB PDF. Part 2: File size 7 MB PDF. Part 3: File size 8.2 MB PDF.
Patterns for torchon, Cluny, tape lace, 1 Maltese.

 

 
L. Paulis
   La Dentelle aux Fuseaux, 1921      http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/pml_lace.pdf

Cluny

Tebbs
, L.A. The Art of Bobbin Lace, Chapman and Hall, 1907, 105 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGE. CONTENTS. File size 6.7 MB PDF   These are all part laces (freeform laces).
All are part laces: Duchesse, Honiton, Milanese, revival era imitations of old Flemish tape laces

Tebbs
, L.A. and Rosa Tebbs. The Art of Bobbin Lace Supplement, Chapman and Hall, 1911, 87 pages. Note: Scanned images provided by Tess Parrish. Posted May 9, 2006. SAMPLE PAGE. CONTENTS. File size 10.3 MB PDF
Part laces (see above)

Voshage
, Adele. Das Formenklöppeln [Shapes Worked in Bobbin Lace], Eugen Cwietmeyer, 102 pages. Posted September 25, 2002. CD (HWDA11). CD (LDA01). SAMPLE PAGE. File size 10.8 MB PDF
Patterns for part lace--leaves and flowers.

Woodward,
Mary Eva A Text Book on Cluny and Torchon Laces 1901, Gordon Mackay and Company Limited, 102 pages. Note:downloaded from archive.org Posted March 1, 2012. SAMPLE PAGE. File size 4.8 MB PDF
Torchon and Cluny

 http://artesaniadegalicia.xunta.es/publicaciones/encaixes     3 separate books.  Files are very large.  Mostly Cluny type, Cluny-torchon hybrids, and some torchon.
Encaixe Galego Tradicional  55.4 mb
Fios e Cores                        43.0 mb
Raizame do Encaixe Galego 96.1 mb


Also see       http://laceioli.ning.com/photo/albums/free-patterns.

© Lorelei Halley 2012                First posted March 7, 2012.       Last edited:   08/09/14                 lhalley@bytemeusa.com