Make Your Own Honiton Bobbin Lace

Since the September/October 1993 issue, some 200 articles and projects on lace have appeared in PieceWork. An in-depth look at Honiton lace in the July/August 2014 issue adds to the list.

Honiton lace collar. Late nineteenth century. Collection of Laurie Waters. This stunning example was featured in the article, “Honiton Lace: One of England’s Loveliest Laces” by Jo Ann Eurell and Laurie Waters, in the July/August 2014 issue of PieceWork. Photo by Laurie Waters.

Authors Jo Ann Eurell and Laurie Waters explain the origin of the name: “Honiton lace is a noncontinuous floral bobbin lace that originated in Devonshire, England. Much of the lace made in Devonshire was collected and sent from the Honiton stop on the coach line to London for sale. Because the London dealers then asked for ‘boxes of Honiton lace’ from the coach line, the name became associated with the lace.”

We asked Jo Ann to provide a bobbin-lace project inspired by the article in an eBook format. We are delighted to introduce “PieceWork Presents A Taste of Honiton: Honiton Bobbin Lace Motif to Make” eBook. Jo Ann provides step-by-step instructions for creating the sweet motif shown here—from dressing the lace pillow to the finished lace. If you want to learn how to make Honiton bobbin lace or have ever been intrigued by bobbin lacemaking, this eBook covers everything you need.

The pattern and pricking for the motif shown with the pricker tool. Photo by Jo Ann Eurell.

Honiton bobbins. Photo by Jo Ann Eurell.

Jo Ann Eurell's sweet Honiton bobbin lace motif turned into a gorgeous brooch. Photo by Jo Ann Eurell.

Jo Ann has been making bobbin lace for over thirty years, and she shares her passion in the clear and precise directions for making the diminutive flower, leaf, and scrolled rib motif in this eBook. Take the plunge! Friends and family will be beyond impressed when you show them the glorious piece you created with thread and bobbins. 

We would love to see your creations. Please do share by sending high-resolution images to [email protected]

The following excerpt from Jules Kliot’s “The Enigma of Lace” in the January/February 2001 issue of PieceWork captures the spell that lace has cast over so many throughout the ages:

Lace was not an isolated creation, it was the expression of artists; it was the challenge for the botanist, who developed the finest of all linen plants; it was the challenge for the technicians who learned to spin the finest of threads; it was the challenge for the pattern maker to make the intricate pierced patterns, carefully planning the course of every thread and deciding the placement of every stitch (numbering into the hundreds for every square inch); and it was the challenge for the lacemaker who put it all together into the glorious pieces destined for the courts of kings and the messengers of God.

Let lace cast its spell!