Inkscape for Bobbin Lace

Inkscape is a free, open source drawing tool (inkscape.org).  I have created “extensions” to Inkscape that make it easier to create patterns with bobbin lace grounds.

You can find instructions on how to install Inkscape and my extensions on my web site: Inkscape Extension for Bobbin Lace Grounds.

In this blog, I will talk about how to use my extensions and also describe some of the many other features of Inkscape that bobbin lace designers might find useful.

How to use my Bobbin Lace extensions

When you start Inkscape, if the lace tool extensions are installed correctly you should see a menu called “Bobbin Lace” under the main “Extensions” menu. Under the “Bobbin Lace” menu you will see three options: “Circular Ground from Template…”, “Ground from Template…” and “Regular Grid…”.

Screenshot from Inkscape: Bobbin lace tool menu under Extensions

Screenshot from Inkscape: Bobbin lace tool menu under Extensions

The Bobbin Lace “Regular Grid” tool will allow you to draw a grid of dots. In the pop up dialog you can specify the angle of the grid, the distance between the footside pins and the size of rectangle you want to fill with dots. After you have selected the desired values, click on the “Apply” button.

Grid tool

Screenshot from Inkscape: Regular Grid

The distance between footside pins is the vertical measurement between two dots on the grid. When designing lace, you can use the handy reference by Brenda Paternoster to determine the size of your grid based on the size of your thread.

The Bobbin Lace “Ground from Template” tool will allow you to draw a lace ground pattern. Note: In the ground pattern, each line represents a pair of threads. In the pop up dialog you can specify the grid angle, distance between footside pins and the size of rectangle you want to fill with the ground pattern. You must also choose what type of ground to draw by giving the location and name of a template file.

Ground from template tool

Screenshot from Inkscape: Ground from Template

The Bobbin Lace “Circular Ground from Template” tool will allow you to draw a lace ground pattern wrapped around a circle.  In the pop up dialog you can specify the inner radius of the circle, the number of copies of the pattern around the circle, number of rings and the grid angle. You must also choose what type of ground to draw by giving the location and name of a template file.

Circular

Screenshot from Inkscape: Circular Ground from Template

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