Ellen Gormley’s Learn Bruges Lace (with Giveaway)

Learn Bruges Lace is a new technique and pattern booklet from Annie’s written by Ellen Gormey of Go Crochet. This book was my first experience trying out this particular crochet technique. I found that it was easy to learn; the book gives all of the instructions you need to get started.

What is Bruges Lace?

Traditional Tape motif, Bruges Lace

Bruges Lace was totally knew to me and although I knew it was a form of crochet I didn’t know anything else about it. Ellen’s introduction explains that that Bruges lace is a variation on bobbin lace that originated in Brugge, Belgium. She goes on to give an excellent description of what Bruges Lace is.

The basic thing that I learned is that Bruges Lace is worked using three different types of small motifs that are joined together as you go. First is the “tape”, which is made up of short rows (the foundation chain is typically less than ten chain stitches). Then there’s the arch, which is worked similarly but basically creates a half circle instead of a straight motif. And then there’s the circle, which is basically just the arch continued through to a full circle size. That’s simplifying it but those are the basics.

The Learn Bruges Lace Book

Ellen’s book has two core sections. First are the stitch instructions for the basic motifs. This includes instructions for several different types of tape and arches. I worked the traditional tape and an increasing stitch version of tape. There are several other patterns shown here as well. Each motif is only 7 – 16 really short rows so they can be worked up super quickly to practice your Bruges Lace skills.

Ellen makes it really easy to learn the techniques by including options for every learning style:

  • Clear text description. Since I’m a wordy girl, I apprecated this. There are notes that add helpful information to the basic pattern instructions.
  • Photos. They are large and clear.
  • Stitch diagram. If you like working from symbol charts then you won’t be disappointed because these are included as well.
Basic Bruges Lace Arch Motif
These same varied options are also available in the second part of the book, which is a selection of eight full patterns for crochet accessories. Ellen has included three crochet hat patterns, two patterns for scarves and then one pattern each for a bracelet, a cowl and a blanket.
Crochet scarf pattern by Ellen Gormley from Learn Bruges Lace
I haven’t worked any of the full patterns yet myself but I’ve looked through them and they seem really clear. I’ve started one of the crochet scarf patterns because it seemed like the easiest way to take the skills I learned in the technique/motifs section and transfer it directly to the pattern. I’m also really interested in the cowl pattern, which has a great spiral design.
Crochet spiral cowl pattern by Ellen Gormley from Learn Bruges Lace
Learn Bruges Lace is available as a print edition for under $10. It’s also available as a digital download.

About Ellen Gormley

Ellen is a crochet designer whose first book, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop was published in 2011. She’s followed that up quickly with this new crochet pattern book. I’m so curious to see what she does next!

The Learn Bruges Lace Blog Tour

This giveaway post is one of the first stops on the Bruges Lace blog tour. Crochet Mama’s Bloghad a review and giveaway over the past weekend. There will be posts coming up soon on Tampa Bay Crochet, The Crochet Architect and Say it Rah-Shay.

Giveaway!

Ellen and Annie’s have generously allowed me to do a giveaway so you can win your own copy of Learn Bruges Lace. To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me what interests you about Bruges Lace.

You can get one additional entry for each of the following actions. If you do these, leave me a single comment on this post with links to each entry.

This giveaway is limited to US entrants only. The winner will be picked at random. The giveaway will close at noon PST on Saturday August 8th and the winner will be announced on the blog the following day.

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Kathryn

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39 Comments:

  1. This looks great! I did my first (and so far only) bruges lace project from a pattern in Interweave Crochet a few years ago – a scarf. It was a lot of fun! I loved how it flowed, and would love to learn more.

  2. Oh, and I shared the link to this page on the Moogly facebook page too! https://www.facebook.com/mooglystore

  3. Would love to win a copy of this book. The Bruges lace technique is so beautiful! I make a point to try to learn most every new crochet technique that I come across. Thanks for offering this giveaway! Happy Crocheting!

  4. Bruges lace looks very pretty. I’d like to learn this technique. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a copy of Ellen’s book.

  5. Bruges lace looks very pretty. I’d like to learn this technique. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a copy of Ellen’s book.

  6. I am following you on Pinerest and I Pinned this post, here’s the link: . I am also following you on G+ and I am also follwoing Ellen on G+. I am signed up for your newsletter. No Facebook or Twitter accounts here.

  7. I am following you on Pinerest and I Pinned this post, here’s the link: . I am also following you on G+ and I am also follwoing Ellen on G+. I am signed up for your newsletter. No Facebook or Twitter accounts here.

  8. I forgot to mention I am following one of Ellen’s boards on Pinterest too.

  9. I forgot to mention I am following one of Ellen’s boards on Pinterest too.

  10. The board is Ellen Gormley designs.

  11. The board is Ellen Gormley designs.

  12. bookmarks and table linens comes to mind first with this

  13. It looks like it could make great edgings for knitted shawls, afghans, collars on sweaters, etc.

  14. I think that the Bruges Lace is elegant and sexy!!! Would love to learn!

  15. I remember seeing this lace as a kid but never realised that it was actually crocheted… it really fascinates me actually n I can see it in lots of uses… Bethel… bethelcallin@yahoo.com ….<3

  16. HicksNeunertStephanie

    I would love to learn Bruges Lace. I can see myself getting creative with things for my home and for my wardrobe. It is so pretty and elegant.

  17. I am following GoCrochet. Here is link. gocrochet.blogspot.com. Also following Annies. Here is link. http://www.AnniesCatalog.com/
    I love the lacey, elegant look of Bruges Lace. It doesn’t look to difficult to learn. I would love a copy of Learn Bruges Lace.

  18. Very nice blog post. I would love to enter this give away. Do you know why? I’m a huge crochet fan AND I actually live in Bruges! I was born and raised here.
    Inez

  19. Hi, very nice blog post, looks lovely. I would also like to participate in the give away. You know why? Because I’m a big crochet fan (I crochet jewelry) AND I actually live in Bruges!
    Inez

  20. I already follow you on fb and have now shared the give away.
    https://www.facebook.com/Lelojuwelen

  21. I follow the fb page of Annie’s and follow both CrochetBlogger and GoCrochet on twitter and have retweetet the give away twice.

    Inez

  22. I already follow you on pinterest but now also follow Ellen on pinterest.

    http://pinterest.com/lelocreations/

  23. Great blog post. I would love to participate in the give away. Why? Because I’m a crochet addict AND I live in Bruges!

  24. I was already a fan on fb and have now shared the blog post
    https://www.facebook.com/Lelojuwelen

  25. I just love lace. I thought it might be complicated, but sounds like it’s not. Can’t wait to try it. I followed u on facebook and put it on there, I al ready follow u both, so I retweeted u on twitter, and tweeted about the giveaway also.

  26. I really, really would like to win this book. I hope there are instructions for lefties.

  27. The interest I have is in all the accessories I see! I love to make scarves, etc!

  28. I follow gocrochet

  29. I follow you on G+

  30. I now follow Ellen Gormley on G+

  31. I think it’s fascinating how lace can be translated up into yarn projects this way!

  32. Crocheting_Nana_Of_Maine

    I always enjoy learning a new technique of crocheting. I am very interested in the designs that you can create with the Bruges Lace. Looking forward to learning more about the technique!

  33. I follow you both on Twitter, and I Tweeted…

    Looks beautiful – I’d like to learn!

    walknknit at gmail dot com

  34. I like the fact that it is a fluid style of crochet. it can be shaped, twisted, turned in all directions.


    My twitter id is Lokipancrochet
    My G+ id is MarieAnge B.

    I follow Crochet Concupiscence on FB
    I follow Go Crochet on FB
    I follow Annie’s on FB
    I follow @crochetblogger on Twitter and retweeted the giveaway http://pinterest.com/pin/91760911128801806/
    I follow @gocrochet on twitter and retweeted the giveaway http://pinterest.com/pin/91760911128801806/
    I follow crochet concupiscence on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/107987143550584962072/posts/R2rJPSATwyv
    I follow Ellen on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/107987143550584962072/posts/R2rJPSATwyv
    I follow you on pinterest My Pinterest id is MarieAnge
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