There are many types of bobbin lace, they mainly take their name from the places where they were originally made. They are all made using the same basic stitches, but some are much finer than others. Some are made as a continuous piece, others as small motifs and then incorporated into a net ground. Originally lace was made using natural fibres such as linen or silk, but with the new fibres available nowadays it is fun to experiment with the finishes they produce and of course the wide range of colours now available to the lace maker. Linen is still the favourite for a lace that is more durable.
This is a picture of a few of my bobbins. My Dad turned them on his lathe. He uses hard woods as the grain is finer and smoother, therefore the thread does not catch or fray on the wood. I add the glass beads, called spangles, they act as weights to tension the thread and also stop the bobbins rolling around the pillow. The pillow I use is cookie shaped and stuffed with straw, thus enabling me to re-stuff when necessary. Cheaper modern versions can be bought that are made from polystyrene, but these do not last very long so are only ideal for a beginner.
I was asked If I could design and make a pentagram to be sewn onto a wedding veil and dress for a pagan wedding ceremony. I am always up for a challenge so said yes and gave it a go. It was very successful, I made it from ivory linen thread. Here are some pictures below showing the designing and making of the pentagram. I have remade it for the website using a white thread and black cover cloths, so that it shows clearly. Normally you would use blue or green cloth as it is easier on the eyes.
Next the bobbins are wound with thread and hung on the correct pins. The work is started with the inner trail and continued until the pentagram is completed.
A few more pieces of lace that I have made from comercial patterns.