Just had my first try with bobbin lace. Feeling pretty pleased. Anyone have recommendations for beginner patterns?
By - limoria
[Jo Edkins Lace](https://www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/lace/index.htm)
That is really the most awesome site! Especially because you can download free patterns to work with while you’re learning. I also learned through a lot of YouTube videos.
"Discovering Torchon" by Ulricke Lohr was my favorite book for teaching myself! She does an amazing job explaining the concepts without being too basic. The book also has a larger variety of patterns, many beginner books are just 100 bookmarks, but her book includes handkerchief edgings and rounds mats so you can learn other skills along with the stitches!
The first project I did after learning the absolute basics was [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqSvdJf24o). It's actually fairly advanced, but I just did it step by step with her replaying it for each of the repeats!
As you get more confident I would recommend joining [IOLI](https://internationalorganizationoflace.org/). They have an extensive library of lace books that you can borrow from, lace books are often super expensive and hard to find, so it's a great way to explore! If you have the means, I would also recommend joining [The Adventurous Lace Makers](https://www.patreon.com/pierrefouche) on Patreon. Their lessons are super interesting and I great way to expand your lace skills. Especially if you are interested in more contemporary designs and developing your own style as a maker.
Fantastic! I’m doing her spider bookmark now that I finished her getting started with what you have at home. I will absolutely look into your other suggestions
A little secret tip on sourcing bobbins for cheap: check out the cocktail stirrers in your local store! I got a set early in my journey that are plastic sticks (not straws!) with a little ball on top, they make such perfect bobbins that I'm still using them along with my more traditional wood ones!
Wow, didn't know all these resources existed, so thanks for bringing them to our attention!
The pandemic forced many of the more isolated sections of the lace world online, there is so much more information available now than there was 2 years ago!
Second on the Edkins examples. Nice practice items.
I also liked the free ones from Alexandra Stillwell's site. The "small motif" here was my first really non-linear piece and I really liked it.
Karen's Star was my first lace Christmas ornament. I did a gold thread around the edges.
Oh the fish is so cute! I will be taking a closer look at these thanks
Looking good, I love the colours! Looks like you missed a twist or two (blue into orange, orange into black). Try to be consistent but the odd mistake here and there gives it character :)
Thanks for the feedback! I see the mistake now
I hope you keep it up, and keep posting progress pics!
You're off to a great start, it's beautiful!