Wire Lace Supplies and Patterns

Lenka’s Wire Lace Supplies shop on Etsy caters to the needs of adventurous lacemakers, spirited artists, passionate jewellers and one-of-a-kind fashion designers. If you are inspired to learn making bobbin and needle lace with wire, you need good tools and good materials to make your effort worthwhile. And that is exactly what the shop strives to provide – specialized lacemaking bobbins, pillows and accessories, and high grade wires for lace art, sculpture and jewellery.

Wire Lace Supplies

 

New School of Lace PATTERNS and TUTORIALS for WIRE LACE:
Designed and written by Lenka Suchanek
“Wire Lacework: Lenka’s Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire”
Handmade bobbin lace is a rare textile technique that accommodates fibre as well as metal medium. Most lacemakers are familiar with the prevalent fibre form. This manual endeavours to introduce a lesser known wire lace techniques to a wider audience.
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Pattern & Tutorial #001 – Flower Earrings
Introduction to  following techniques: Plaits (braids), picots, windmill crossings, joining plaits, finishing. These are essential building blocks for plaited laces (also called braided laces), and guipures, such as Cluny, Maltese or Bedfordshire lace.

Required Bobbin Lace Skills :  Familiarity with Cross and Twist
Skill level: 1
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Pattern & Tutorial #002 – Half Stitch Leaf 

Half stitch is an essential building block in wire lace. Wire effectively supports open half stitch weave, showing off the pattern intricacy. An effect of flowing diagonal and horizontal lines plays out especially well in colours.

Required Bobbin Lace Skills :  Familiarity with Cross and Twist
Skill level: 1
Pairs: 6
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Pattern & Tutorial #003 – Seedlings

Wire is a wonderful material for tally making. It is easy to use, shapes and holds well and creates three-dimensional, attractive tallies. The tallies made in wire are also perfectly stable, and unlike fibre tallies, do not distort in the weaving process or after. Therefore, the leaf tallies are very popular in wire lace and are implemented in many patterns and lace jewellery designs. SEEDLING PENDANT shows simple but effective use of leaf tallies. Instruction covers: Leaf tallies, joining leaves to plaits, working with colours, finishing.
Required Bobbin Lace Skills :  Familiarity with Cross and Twist
Skill level: 1
Pairs: 2

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Lenka’s WIRE LACE BOBBINS:

Fine Bobbin – in hard maple or rosewood

This is a bobbin for very fine lace work, such as lace jewellery with precious metals, or delicate lace art with enamelled copper or stainless steel wires.
The fine bobbin was designed from scratch with an aim to provide a precision tool needed for high-end work. It caters to the needs of very fine wire, as well as fine lacemaker, and is therefore excellent for Point Ground laces such as Bucks or Chantilly, fine guipures and delicate free form weaves.

Designed by Lenka Suchanek
Made in Belgium by a master bobbin maker Jan De Maertelaere, who produces the best lacemaking bobbins in the world. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Jan on development of this bobbin, and witness his skills and knowledge, as well as his dedication to the bobbin turning craft. I will never forget his comment, when my bobbin was finally close to fulfilling all technical aspects on my list, Jan said (with a smile): “Do not forget, that each lace bobbin must be not only functional, but also beautiful.”
I think that the Fine Bobbin for Wire Lace meets that criteria.

Medium Bobbin – with pointed or cut end

The Medium Bobbin is a versatile medium size bobbin for variety of wire lace projects from lace art and sculpture to wearable art. It is designed for work with enamelled copper, steel and bronze. Highly functional all-around tool, this bobbin is recommended for all lacemakers. It serves especially well for transitioning from fibre to wire lacework, because it accommodates palms down technique and tensioning style. It works equally well for palms up technique, which I recommend for wire work. The Medium bobbin is good for complete beginners, because it is very easy to use. Intermediate and experienced lacemakers, who explore different aspects of wire lace, will benefit from the bobbin’s adaptibility to many materials of various sizes: it works well wound with a single wire, a double wire, and even facilitate multiple strand or beaded gimp.

Medium and large bobbins are made in Spain form traditional boxwood.
Design modification for wire lace use by Lenka Suchanek.

Large Bobbin
This is bobbin for large scale projects, and it is therefore the best choice for oversized lace art and sculpture made from copper, bronze or steel. Bobbin accommodates stranded or braided wires as well as a single thick wire. It can be also used as a gimp bobbin in small to medium scale work.

Extra long

This is a gimp bobbin for large scale work. It can carry multi stranded or braided wire, thick wire, pre-knitted tubes, paper strips, twine or rope, roots, raffia, ribbons, silicon tubes, or any other materials to be woven into wire lace.
*It is also a great bobbin for making wool or silk lace shawls*
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WIRE for LACEMAKING:

Enamelled Copper
Metal Colours Finish Copper
Silver Plated Non-tarnish
Gold Plated 
Stainless Steel
Bronze

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LACEMAKING PILLOWS for WIRE LACE
Block pillow – 16″x 20″ or 20″x 20″
Round pillow – 16″, 18″, 20″, 22′ and 24″
Student pillow
Bolster pillow

The pillows are available for New School of Lace Students and occasionally online in the WireLaceSupplies store on Etsy

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Please visit the WireLaceSupplies shop on Etsy for current prices and additional information.

Happy shopping and happy lacemaking!

7 Comments on “Wire Lace Supplies and Patterns

  1. Fantástica compra en la tienda de Lenka, ha llegado el envío antes de lo previsto, y el material es estupendo.
    Su libro es maravilloso, con explicaciones claras y muy didactico.
    Muchas gracias Lenka, felices fiestas y un 2018 lleno de éxitos!!!
    Un saludo afectuoso.
    Concha

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  2. Your patterns are wonderful. They are very clear and the photo are a real plus. When are B003 and B004 patterns going to be released. Please let me know.

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  3. Hallo Lenka, Please can I buy the pattern of the wire chicken with egg?

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    • Hello,
      The Chicken pattern did not make it on time, so it will be probably released before Easter 2018
      Lenka

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