Learn Bruges Lace is a new technique and pattern booklet from Annie’s written by Ellen Gormey of Idź 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, Lace Bruges
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.
About Ellen Gormley
Ellen is a crochet designer whose first book, Idź Crochet! Design Workshop Afganistanu 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. Mama Blog Crochethad a review and giveaway over the past weekend. There will be posts coming up soon on Tampa Bay Crochet, The Crochet Architect i Say it Rah-Shay.
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