Welcome to the Bobbin Lace wiki!

This wiki is about the craft and art of bobbin lace and how to create it. Where Wikipedia has encyclopedic type of articles about bobbin lace, here we can walk an extra mile with those who want to learn the tricks of the craft.

Bobbin lace, also called bone lace or pillow lace, is an ancient fiber art that dates back to the 16th[1] century, and it is one of the major methods by which lace was made before the industrial revolution. It is made by winding thread onto many small bobbins, which are then woven and plaited around pins placed into a specially made pillow. The art was first developed in Genoa[2] , and then spread all across Europe and England, with a wide variety of styles being developed.

Bobbin lace is no longer a major industry, but is practiced by hobbyists and artists across Europe, England, American, and Australia. If handmade lace sold to tourists is bobbin lace, it is usually produced in Asia.

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Styles of Lace
Learn to Make Bobbin Lace
Tools used in lacemaking

Resources for Lacemakers

List of Suppliers
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  1. ^ Levey, Santina M., Lace in the Early Modern Period c. 1500-1780.
    D.T. Jenkins, Cambridge History of Western Textiles, p. 585-580
    Emily Reigate, An Illustrated Guide to Lace, page 44: "The first mention of lace is in a will of 1493"
  2. ^ Emily Reigate, An Illustrated Guide to Lace
    page 44: "... to find bobbin lace developing in Genoa ... the port that the Spaniards used to supply their troops in the Low Countries"
    page 45: "the Venetian lace that we recognise is all needle lace"