Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace

Leaves and plaits Oval motif
My first piece of Bedfordshire lace was a simple bookmark with three typical Bedfordshire features, plaits, leaves and picots.

(Pattern copyright Christine Springett)

Another typical Bedfordshire feature is half stitch areas, called buds. To do the cloth stitch areas in this oval piece some extra threads had to be added at the start of each leaf and thrown out at the end

. (Pattern copyright Barbara Underwood)

Bookmark with four leaves Bookmark with blackberries
This bookmark has veins in the leaves, some outlined by gimps. As I worked down the bookmark each leaf was more difficult than the earlier ones.

(Pattern copyright Barbara Underwood)

This blackberry bookmark has three dimensional rolled and raised tallies and leaves overlaid on half stitch.

(Pattern copyright Barbara Underwood)

The three Barbara Underwood patterns are from her book, Bedfordshire Lace in 20 Lessons, which I highly recommend for learning the techniques of this lace.

Lily motif

This motif is part of a pricking for a pair of cap lappets, designed by John Sarjeant (1814 -1878). The pricking is in Advanced Bedfordshire Lace Patterns 2 by Ann Day and Margaret Tite, published by The Lace Guild. The prickingss in the book are taken from a collection of patterns owned by John Sarjeant, acquired by the Victoria and Albert museum. The (minor) adaptation to an oval motif is by Stephanie Peters.

Rosanne's motif

Design by Rosanne McLean after Thomas Lester

The influence of Honiton lace on Bedfordshire is shown in this piece; it uses diamond filling around the leaf and a different one inside. This piece was started in a class with Roseanne during the Nottingham conference of the lace email list, arachne, in September 1998.

Bedford Borough Council Bedfordshire lace page

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