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Bobbin Lace Balls

The author


I was born in England, studied Botany and Chemistry at the Universities of  Exeter and Durham, and then went into research. Since 1976 I have lived in Germany where, for some years now, I have worked as a translator; I particularly like translating texts about bobbin lace from German into English.

I started learning to make bobbin lace at evening classes in Würzburg, and went on after two years lacemaking to complete the first A, B and C courses offered by the Deutscher Klöppelverband. Since then, in lacemaking courses in England and Germany, I have learned many additional lacemaking techniques. I am a member of the Lace Guild, the Deutscher Klöppelverband and OIDFA and have translated several publications for the latter two organizations.


I especially enjoy designing lace. Some of my designs have appeared in Lace, OIDFA Bulletin, Kantbrief, Der Faden, Haandarbejdsbladet and Die Spitze, others in books published by the Deutscher Klöppelverband.

Bobbin Lace Balls is my first lacemaking book. The idea came from an attempt to make a ball-shaped lace diatom for the competition "Microorganisms"; that was in the year 2000 for the annual congress of the Deutscher Klöppelverband in Hindelang, Germany. However, it took me so long to make the three-dimensional pricking that the lace was not finished by the closing date of the competition. But that diatom was the parent of many lace balls ... they seem to be addictive!

Ann E. Wild


Borken 2006

The author at the Lace Congress in Borken 2006





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