NEW: Pattern & Tutorial #12 – Snowflake

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Pattern #12: SNOWFLAKE is an ornament for winter festivities. It can be used as a decoration on a Christmas tree or windows, added to season’s greeting cards, or made as a gift for someone special. When fitted with a bail or attached to a bangle frame, the Snowflake can be worn as a pendant, especially when made in fine silver wire.

Required Wire Bobbin Lace Skills :
Plaits and Windmills (PT 001), Half Stitch (PT 002), Leaf Tallies and Sewings (PT 003)
Skill level: 1
Pairs: 4

This pattern looks great when made in Non-Tarnish Silver (0.2mm) or Ivory colour. But it can be done in many other colours: in gold it will look like a star, in red, purple or yellow, it will blossom as a flower. Imagination in wire lace has no boundaries!

Bobbin Lace Technique

Bobbin Lace is an off-loom weaving technique worked on a lacemaking pillow. Threads (wires), each wound on its own bobbin, are crossed and twisted in a specific sequence to create open weave patterns. Work is secured by pins, which serve mainly as an anchor points for tensioning, and are removed when no longer needed. Finished lace made in wire is strong and sturdy and can be mounted flat on a background or shaped into three-dimensional forms. Basic steps of the process are:

  1. Drawing and drafting the patterns
  2. Preparing a pricking (work template)
  3. Winding thread (wire) on bobbins
  4. Making lace
  5. Finishing (using metalworking techniques)