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Wire Lacework - Lenka's Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire: Step-by-Step Manual 25 pages with 77 photographs - PDF Instant Download -



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Handmade bobbin lace is a rare textile technique that accommodates fibre as well as metal medium. Most lacemakers are familiar with the prevalent fibre form. This manual endeavours to introduce a lesser known wire lace techniques to a wider audience.

Having worked with wire and taught wire lace workshops for more than twenty-five years, I understand the challenges posed by wire medium to lacemakers who are used to working with threads. This manual was written to help making the transition from fibre to wire easier and more enjoyable. It explains basic rules of wire lacemaking and offers many practical techniques and solutions for mastering the medium. There are 25 pages of easy to understand step-by-step instruction, accompanied by 77 illustrative photographs. The "Wire Lacework" manual aims to answer most of the questions asked by the wire lace beginners.

Wire Packaging

Wire Management

Bobbins for Wire Lace

Bobbin Winding

Length of Working Wires

Measuring Single Wire

Measuring Double Wire 

Adding Double Wire 



Other Tools & Accessories

Working Methods

When Wire Kinks

When Wire Breaks

Finishing Wire Lace


Please note that there are NO PATTERNS in this manual.

“Wire Lacework: Lenka’s Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire” explains only techniques of working with wire, and helps lacemakers to understand difference between tools, materials and working methods. The instruction prepares lacemakers for upcoming series of the New School of Lace Patterns & Tutorials for Wire Lace, or for an independent wire lace study.

Wire medium has an enormous potential in the field of lace, and this manual offers to equip lacemakers with practical skills for wire work. It encourages lacemakers to try and explore handmade bobbin lace in wire, and find their own creative expression in it. The more lacemakers embrace the wire medium, the faster it will grow and evolve into a unique lace art form.

Happy learning and lacemaking!

Upon purchasing this item you will receive a DOWNLOAD LINK to retrieve your new file. Please note that you will not receive a printed copy of the pattern or any products in the mail.
Reading "Lenka's Introduction to Bobbin Lace in Wire" on an electronic reading device will allow you to enlarge the photos for a close-up viewing. You can also print a copy for your reference.

Copyright©Lenka Suchanek 2016. All rights reserved.
This manual may be printed for the personal use of the purchaser only. You may not in any form reproduce or distribute this manual in part or in whole through any venue, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the written authorization of the author.

During the last hundred years, when hobbyists inherited a wealth of lacemaking patterns from then defunct lace industry, lacemakers became accustomed to a free pattern sharing. It has worked well for many, encouraged people to learn and helped to save the handmade lace craft from a total decline.
With so many patterns in public domain, there is an expectation that all patterns should be free. So why is the copyright making it illegal to copy this material and give to a friend? It’s because the copyright protects rights of contemporary, living designers, to fair compensation for their work. Designing new, original patterns requires knowledge, experience, creativity, and as every lacemaker knows, a lot of time. So much, actually, that applying our current cost and labour calculations would make the patterns prohibitively expensive. The prices are therefore set at a lower range and as a result, majority of lace designers work for far less than a minimum wage, regardless of their skill and dedication. They do it for the love of lace, for the love of craft, for the love of sharing their inspiration that speaks through lace. Because profit is not a priority, this fact is often not mentioned, and the problem is not addressed. In the age of internet, when many people search for free patterns online, it is easy to take advantage of designers’ work. Only awareness through education can facilitate a positive change.
Every lacemaker’s choice makes a difference in the survival of the craft. Purchasing the copyrighted materials is an important step forward, and sets an example of a responsible attitude that values a sustainable communal practice above self-centered interest. If everybody contributes even a little bit, together we can build an ethical lace world that offers a fair chance to all current and future artists and designers. Only then we will be able to say that we truly kept this beautiful craft alive for the next generation. Please do your share!

New School of Lace was established in 2014 in a community of Ocean Park, in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Main goal of the school is to promote interest in traditional craft of handmade lace through teaching, lecturing and exhibiting lace art. The word ‘new’ in the school’s name refers not only to an event of spreading the original European craft to the New World, but also points to a unique potential of handmade lace to evolve and find many new creative expressions.

New School of Lace https://lenkas.com/new-school-of-lace/

School’s founder Lenka Suchanek, a lacemaker, lace artist and lace instructor, has devoted more than thirty years to preserving fine craft of handmade lace and is passionate about keeping lacemaking alive in families and communities for generations to come. She envisions fine craft of lace as a valuable addition to balanced, creative lives of modern people, who will carry on the Renaissance ideals of beauty and harmony, inherent in the delicate lace weave.
Lenka’s Way of Lace https://lenkas.com

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Wonderful clear full colour photos make the booklet a joy to read. Would have liked it to cover more information relevent for me but a good overview of wire lace. No patterns or instructions on how to incorporate beads etc.

Jenny 30 Jul, 2017

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Excellent content quality: photos and text
Complete and easy to use
Excellent for a beginner and even some tricks for advanced.

Suzanne 28 Nov, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

A fascinating and very helpful guide to using wire instead of thread to make bobbin lace. As someone who is both a jewelry-maker and a hobbyist fiber artist, this combines 2 of my passions! The pictures and explanations are detailed and informative.

Amanda Fisher 15 Dec, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This book, was full of photos to help explain how to add the special wires to the bobbins and how to do the things we take for granted in using threads to make lace. Metal wire is different, and exciting!

V. Eastman 21 Jan, 2017

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