Monday, January 3, 2011

Crafty Bucket List: Bobbin Lace #2

As we continue on in Bobbin Lace, I have been on a wild goose chase trying to contact Bobbin Lace makers in my area.  Every link was out of date.  Every email was undeliverable.  *Sigh*  BUT - I found something very close.  I stumbled across an article written less than a year ago from a fellow native Ohioan who has also relocated to Pittsburgh!  (Imagine that!)  The article she has written really describes well Bobbin Lace, it's history, and her love of it.

Please check out Amy Gibbons' article, Bobbin Lace Explained.

Today we're going to delve into some fascinating tutorials!  I found 2 very good sets of beginning Bobbin Lace video tutorials on You Tube.  (My job is so hard - I got to watch Bobbin Lace tutorials all day yesterday.  ;p )

This first set of videos is from madejasycafe.  She shares a 2-video tutorial on the very basics of the movements and how to practice Bobbin Lace.  Though a very basic set of videos, it really does help you get a feel for what is happening with your motions without overwhelming you.

The next set of tutorials are very comprehensive, though I found myself having to watch the tutorial where he does the actual bobbin movements (and makes basic stitches) over again (more than once).  But I REALLY think his explanations are very thorough and techniques well demonstrated.  This set of videos is from jouistoddard.

Be sure to leave them some comment luv!  They both obviously worked hard to create these videos! :)

Tomorrow I'll share even MORE Bobbin Lace resources!  Be sure to get your Twitter on and tweet using the hashtag #CraftyBucketList to talk about your crafty endeavors in 2011!!



  1. I have been intrigued by bobbin lace to the point where I've bought a kit, books and found directions for a lace bolster. I have yet to try tho, I'm not sure what I'm afraid of!

  2. I took the plunge and bought an inexpensive kit (Lacis) from Amazon. I don't know if it will be something I'll be immersed in like knitting or crochet, but just to learn about the rich history is interesting. And to give it a try to appreciate the art/craft of it is what I'm looking for. Who knows? I didn't think I'd like knitting or crochet either. Now I can't imagine my life w/o it! ;p

  3. Yay! for bobbin lace! I took a class a bit ago and I really wanted to get going on it but never found a pillow or the motivation to make one :( Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I am just beginning and have found the same problem; no teachers in my area! I really love this website though I started with the basic patterns and am working my way up. Maybe it will help you :)

  5. Hi, I've been making lace on and off for years and currently teaching a young guy who is really enjoying the journey. thanks for linking the vids, always useful :-) will folow your progress with interest.


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