>Handmade lace box


handmade lace box

I have 4 boxes of lace in my house. This is the only one that is only handmade laces, there are a few knitted, a tiny bit of bobbin-lace, some tatted, and a lot of crochet. The other boxes are all machine made laces. I purposely put my hand in the box so you can see the size of some of these laces; some are large, some are small. This is the stash I am adding to with the commuter lace.

handmade lace box hand for size reference
lace box hand size reference

You might notice this last photo (above) has an orange and black lace that the other two photos did not. I forgot that one was in my purse; it is hair pin lace that I made. I plan on using it for a Halloween apron.

One floral. I would have had more but could not find my camera battery all week; my daughter found it tonight.

>New bobbins



I just got these in the mail this week all the way from the UK. I helped a nice lady identify some lace. As a thank you, she sent me these bobbins. I could not be more thrilled! They are all so lovely. These are Midland spangled English bobbins. She even sent them already spangled. I am just so excited I can’t even explain it. These are used in making bobbin lace; they hold the thread before it is crossed and twisted together, a sort of weaving.

>7 types of lace… I think only 4

>In the comment section on this post on this blog someone said there are 7 types of lace:

  1. knitting
  2. crochet
  3. weaving
  4. bobbin lace
  5. tatting
  6. hairpin lace
  7. needle lace

I think the person was confused, because a lot of these are in the same four categories. Which is my opinion. She seemed to be naming laces, of which there are way more than seven, like hundreds! Looks like she was trying to name techniques and didn’t succeed, the lace fairy has 5 techniques on her site but in looking at them, her last one is a combination of multiple other techniques so it would still break down into these four categories. Some laces can incorporate more than one of the techniques. That is why, once you learn one lace, it is easy to learn another as they may share similar techniques.

  1. loop lace = knitting, crochet, hairpin lace, Romanian, oya…
  2. knotted lace = tatting and netting, American Macramé, oya…
  3. woven lace = bobbin lace is a sort of weaving, battenburg and other tape laces, teneriffe….
  4. needle lace = Romanian, teneriffe, battenberg, oya , beading…

OK, I do:
hairpin, needle, crochet, tatting, teneriffe lace, bobbin lace, Romanian, macramé, hand loom weaving, polka spider web lace, nanduti, battenberg/battenburg lace, oya, beading etc….. the list goes on and on.

I pretty much do some in each category.

Trying to learn knitting and weaving.

What laces do you make?

>display at lace in


I didn’t take many photos at the Lace-in like I wanted to.

I did get a few of the display of different types of lace. There where a few things people were working on that I could have taken photos of. Sorry to say their items didn’t interest me enough. People did more talking than working so I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I would have liked. But these are kind of neat, so I hope you enjoy them.This is a display Dale sets up for events like this of all different types of lace with an emphasis on tatting. Which only makes sense as that is what he specializes in. There are also netting, tape work, needle lace, tenneriffe and a few others. Very lovely collection of items. I think he made about half of these .

>A bit of lace anyone


Today is the “Mad Tatters” Lace-in aka Dale Pomeroy.

I am going to try and get some photos there so I can post a lace post later. The Christmas ornament you see here is one of his creations and is also a link to his site check it out. I was given verbal permission from Dale to use the picture of the ornament on November 11, 2006, in person.

>Bobbin lace pattern book

>To Nancy Jo,
The book arrived yesterday. Thank you!

>bobbin lace "Princess lace machine"

>What is Bobbin lace? That is the question from Nancy Jo…

Well, below is a picture of a piece I just started a little while ago, so not much is done on it. It will show you what a princess lace machine pillow from November 24, 1903, looks like. This photo was taken on my kids’ drawing table. To protect the table from glue and ink stains and the like, the table has a covering of a plastic tablecloth. Not pretty, but functional. Please click on the photos to see the pictures better. If after you click on the photo the new picture has a + on the pointer then if you click again it will get even bigger. This doesn’t happen (the second enlargement) with all photos, but some it does, so try. Thank you.

There is a photo of the patent date on it. Also, I reupholstered the pillow and bobbin board because it was so tattered it was unusable when I got it (it is covered in a dark green velvet). I wanted to use it, not collect it and stare at it.

The last picture is a close up of the original pricking (aka pattern) that came with the pillow, and the lace I have started on it. The thread being used is a discontinued manuela tatting thread.

The bobbins in the photo are known as student bobbins. I have what is called midland bobbins, which are real nice, but they are not on this pillow. Midland bobbins are spangled (which means they have beads dangling from the bottom of the bobbin). The bobbins are the wood items you see dangling from the threads.

The pins that you see are for holding the thread in place until you have worked enough of the pattern to pull them out. Once pulled out the pattern will stay in place, and you can use the lace.

The basics of making the lace are a twist and a cross. Which is how the bobbins are manipulated to go left and right.

If you have more questions let me know, and I will try to answer them.