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)