This bobbin lace wiki is a central repository of information on bobbin lace. The advantage of having a wiki is that anyone can answer a question or share information, and then that information stays shared. Someone who stumbles across the same question later does not have to email a mailing list again, resulting in an entire conversation being rehashed.

It's also useful because so many people can contribute, even to the same article. Someone whose English is poor can share their knowledge, and someone else can come along and clean up their grammar. Someone who knows a bit about Chantilly lace can start an article, leaving blanks where their knowledge ends, and someone else can fill those blanks in later.

This Wikispace tries to avoid overlap with wikipedia. Wikipedia is not an instruction manual or guidebook, here we can walk an extra mile with those who want to learn the tricks of the craft.

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To start contributing to this wiki:


  1. Expect to have your articles edited. Others may clean up grammar and punctuation, add new info, remove incorrect or superfluous info, or just completely rewrite an article. If there are disputes, each page has a discussion center in the top right hand corner. Please use that to discuss major changes before making them, or explain why certain changes should be made.
  2. Find an existing article to contribute to. It's easiest to start by finding an incomplete article to edit. If important information is missing, click edit, and add it in! You can find articles in the navigation section on the left.
  3. Respect copyrights. Please do not publish copyrighted material without a compatible license (see page footer).

More hints:


  1. Cross-link pages! When you read an article, it is very helpful to see key terms linked to that have their own pages. The first time a key term appears in an article, please highlight the term and use the LINK button at the top to create a link. It will help you find that page if it already exists, or it will create a blank page if it does not (the page name will be displayed in red). Don't be afraid to cross-link to pages that don't exist. That just highlights areas for other people to contribute to.
  2. Fill in a cross-linked page. When you write a page or add something you might create links for good key terms without creating the page linked to. Anyone clicking such a link will see a note that "this page doesn't exist yet." At this point, you can go ahead and create the page. You'll find incomplete pages all over, so please fill them in or pick one from the list of wanted pages.
  3. Include pictures! Pictures and videos can really help people understand a type of lace, or how to complete a stitch. Do include them in your articles. However, make sure that the images are in the public domain or used with permission.
  4. Include links to outside sources. Rather than copy-paste a bunch of info from another website (which is plagiarism), simply use the LINK tool and choose External Link to direct people right to the source material.
  5. Link to orphans unless these pages are redirecting to other pages.
  6. wikitags.jpgTag pages so they appear in the navigation section. Don't add tags to empty page to avoid polluting the navigation section. Tags can also be manged via "pages and files". Only managers can add new tags to the navigation section and reorder the items.
  7. prevent / repair broken links.
    A broken external link might just be a moved page, try to find its new location. If you can't find anything anymore, try the address in archive.org/web/. You might find some remnants. If these remnants are interesting enough, use it to repair the link. Whenever you create an external link, check if a proper version was archived, otherwise try to archive it for the future.
  8. translate external links. Add translate.google.com/translate?u= in front of the address of a website in another language than English. Then a visitors gets the page in their own language but can choose the original or any other language.
  9. Save with comments. A short description or motivation of your changes can help those who examine the history of a page. wikicomment.jpg