Bobbin Lace Ground Dialog

Inkscape 1.0

Inkscape 1.0 was released in May, 2020.  It includes a long list improvements and new features. Specific details can be found in the release notes.

For lacemakers, I will point out two significant improvements:

  • Native support for Mac OS X.  The install process is much easier and the tool now looks and behaves like other Mac OS X tools.
  • Performance when working with a large number of objects has been improved.

To get started, download and install Inkscape 1.0.

The Bobbin Lace extensions must also be reinstalled for Inkscape 1.0. Open Inkscape 1.0 and take note of the folder listed at Edit > Preferences > System: User extensions.  Download  and extract the files into the “user extensions” folder. Close and re-open Inkscape. For more detailed instructions on how to install and use this tool, please visit my tools page.

In addition to upgrading to Inkscape 1.0, a few improvements have been made to the bobbin lace tools:

  • You can select a template file using a dialog (you no longer need to type in a long, difficult to find, file path)
  • The dialogs have been reorganized to be more compact and user friendly.
  • Choosing a colour is now simple.
  • Distance measurements are more accurate.
Bobbin Lace Ground Dialog

New bobbin lace ground dialog




2 thoughts on “Inkscape 1.0

  1. Thank you for the information about the upgrade of Inkscape! It looks like it will work on Mac OS X which is exciting! I have been a Mac user until I found out all the lace softwares only work on Windows. I wonder if it also works for iPad or getting one step closer?

    I hope you publish the book soon!

    Sumiko Tray.

    Sent from my iPad



    • Hi Sumiko,

      Inkscape does not run on iOS at the moment. The tool makes heavy use of keyboard modifiers (e.g. holding down shift while clicking with the mouse for multiple selection) and precise mouse interaction (possible with a stylus but not a finger). Since this kind of interaction is not really possible on the general iOS device (without connecting a keyboard), I doubt Inkscape will work on iOS (or Android) any time soon. Sorry!

      Still working on the book 🙂

      Kind regards,


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