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Project 40: The spider loom

October 26, 2011

Spider loom at Craft
I was inspired to learn more about Teneriffe lace by a post on the Craft blog called How to Make a Spider Loom for Lace. Their example didn’t look like any kind of lace I’d seen. I had considered tatting as a craft for this blog (and may yet to get to try it) and I knew that there was a kind of lace one could make using pins, but the idea of a loom for lace was new to me. A bit of Googling turned up Teneriffe lace, also called Polka Spider Web lace.

A bit more Googling about lace blew my mind. I had thought that tatting was the word for making lace. I was very wrong. There are a zillion different kinds of lace. Check this out: The Structures of Antique Lace. Teneriffe and tatting both come under the Other Handmade Lace category, if that helps show how wrong I was.

One other great resource I found for Teneriffe is this awesome book from 1904 called Teneriffe Lace Designs and Instructions. I hope to try some of those designs but right now they all look too daunting!

Wish me luck.

Photo by Emilee Gettle for Craft

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2 comments

  1. Amber—over 10 years ago, dazzled by the lace-making genius of the Belgians, I bought a kit for Bobbin Lace. I still have the supplies, including very cool wooden bobbins, and have yet to place one blasted thread on them because it looks ridiculously hard. I hope you get a quick dose of courage and just jump off that ledge and surprise yourself with your creativity. For my part, I found that buying a bit of pre-made lace not only got me something pretty, but it helped Belgium’s economy, leading to the great economic stronghold that they are today. 🙂


  2. Laurie, you are selfless indeed. Belgium thanks you! =D

    Go, Amber, go!



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