The design of lace is made on cardboard fixed on the pillow.
This motif is constituted of a multiplicity of small points, representing the future
places of pins. They are all pierced before the beginning of work.
From the left to the right :
- a tool to remove the pins,
- another tool to drive in the pins,
- a tool to pierce holes in the cardboard and a dart to maintain a broken thread
during its mending.
You can see on this cardboard the lace design and the holes realized to welcome the
The work to pierce holes in the cardboard can be very long if the number of holes
is great but it's useful to put the pins without effort at the good place.
These large pins of 6.69 in are useful to maintain the bobbins the ones above the
others when they are very numerous.
The bobbins laces are all made from the same technique which consisted to interweave
some threads, what this typical weaved aspect gives. Each point, constituted by one
or several crossings, is fixed thanks to a pin, this one been removed when the work
is finished. Of course, it existes all kinds of crossings which can be bound between
them with numerous ways.
Each bobbin furnishes some thread at the lacemaker during the whole time of her work.
A lacework can required a very great number of bobbins : up to 1500 ones for a lace
made by a mistress lacemaker. An experience has been made with 2000 bobbins, however,
it hasn't been began again, we understand why !
Unfortunatelly, this photo isn't very good. This hook is particularly fine and it's
used to pick up the threads in order to bind bobbins at the beginning and end of
motive for non-continuous laces.
Means to realize bobbins lace
We must do the difference between two kinds of bobbins lace : the continuous thread
lace and the non-continuous thread lace.
For the continuous thread lace, the same number of bobbins is used from the beginning
to the end, in the most frequent cases. The lace is began at the top of pillow and
finished at the foot.
For the non-continuous thread lace, each motif is made separately, then the number
of bobbins is different. The lacemaker must add or remove some threads, according
to the motive is large or thin. In addition, this lace follows the way of design.
It must be realized on a round pillow.