How to Make Bobbin Lace

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Bobbin lace pillow
  • Pins
  • 4 individual bobbins divided into 2 pairs
  • Lace thread
Make Bobbin Lace

How to Make Bobbin Lace. Bobbin lace takes less time to make than needle lace. Yet, to make complicated patterns you should know a few stitches. Once you learn the steps below, you can make many more complicated bobbin laces.

Thread 2 bobbins with opposite ends of the same piece of string. Take your bobbin, and pull some string through it. Roll it tightly until you are left with only a few inches. Thread these last few inches in the other bobbin. With the new bobbin, wind the string tightly while unwinding the other bobbin. Stop when you've wound half of the string on each bobbin.

Practice a braid. Take one bobbin pair. Put the middle of your string behind a pin. Make a lace braid by wrapping the bobbin on the right over the one on the left. Whenever you make a braid, make sure it is always wound right over left.

Practice a half-stitch crossing. Take two bobbin pairs. Put the middle of each string behind two different pins. For each pair, cross the right bobbin over the left bobbin once. Then take the middle left bobbin and weave it to the right. This bobbin should go over the first string and under the second.

Practice a full-stitch crossing to give your lace a solid look. Take two bobbin pairs. Put the middle of each string behind 2 different pins. In each pair, cross the right bobbin over the left bobbin once. Weave the 2 middle bobbins. The middle left bobbin will go over the string to the right and under the next string on the right. The middle left bobbin will go under the string to the left and over the next string to the left.

Buy a bobbin lace pricking, or pattern, and use these stitches to make a complete bobbin lace project.

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