Five Rivers Bobbin Lacemakers

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Five Rivers Teachers
To study with any of these teachers, please contact
All of our teachers welcome beginners.

  • Allie Marguccio (Indiana County): Idrija
  • Marion Rich (Westmoreland County): Point Ground, Torchon
  • Lee Uptegraff (Pittsburgh): Torchon, Beds
  • Kathy Kauffmann (Chicago, IL): Flanders, Torchon



Basic Supply List

  • Pillow - roller or "cookie" (at least 18" in diameter)
  • Pins - ordinary sewing pins work well with the heavier threads
  • Bobbins - use either the English spangled style or Continental - you'll need two dozen to start but will need a third dozen shortly thereafter. If you want to have spangled bobbins, use #24 brass wire and glass or ceramic beads. Plastic beads are too light but will work in a pinch.
  • Cover Cloths, worker cloths - at least two cloths, one to put between your pillow and your bobbins to protect your pillow while you're working and one to cover your pillow while you are not working. A dark piece of 100% cotton with a selvedge edge on one side works well.
  • Flat elastic, braid, ribbon, shoelace or string - to tie down your bobbins when you're not working
  • Pin Vise - to prick your pattern you will need a pin vise to hold the end of a #7 or #8 quilting needle (an X-Acto knife which opens into an "x" configuration works well)
  • Pricking Card - to make your patterns (medium blue railroad board works well)
  • Cork or Styrofoam - to prick your pattern on
  • Thread - 50/2 and 60/2 Swedish or Belgian linen work well with most beginner books
  • Corsage Pins

Beginner's Bibliography

  • 101 Torchon Lace Patterns / Robin Lewis
  • The Bobbin Lace Manual / Geraldine Stott - an excellent beginner book
  • Introduction to Bobbin Lacemaking / Rosemary Shepard
  • An Introduction to Torchon Lace / Alison Tolson
  • The Technique of Bobbin Lace / Pamela Nottingham
  • Torchon Lacemaking, A Step-by-Step Guide / Jan Tregidgo