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DiBL : Diagrams for Bobbin Lace

Two groups of freely available generators: diagrams and grids.

Each application in a group has its own use case. The InkScape plugins in both groups are bundled together in a single installation package. InkScape is a powerful general purpose drawing tool, like these bobbin lace tools it is free of charge and free to change or improve at your own discretion.

Diagram generators

The screenshot snippets show diagrams of Flanders lace, which differs from a Torchon rose ground by using four pairs per pin versus two pairs per pin. As far as available a thread diagram with only half stitches is shown, otherwise a pair diagram.

interactive web page


A toolbox to design bobbin lace grounds or braids.

Matching color coded pair diagrams, thread diagrams and patterns in a single view, supports any stitch.

interactive web page + optionally an InkScape plugin

Limited set of stitches. Diamond tiled patterns are not yet integrated in GroundForge.

InkScape plugin

Pair diagrams alias prickings. GroundForge has more patterns.

desktop application

Only about a dozen traditional grounds and braids. An export of stitch by stitch images can be imported by third party tools to create an animated image.

interactive web page

Flanders only. No Pair diagrams. Works even with old browsers.

Polar grids

interactive web page

More patterns that scale better. You can design your own patterns, though the definitions might be a bit cryptic.

InkScape plugin

Allows matching nested grids. Less patterns but you can add your own marks for one pie and have it automagically repeated to a complete circle.

Distorted effects of traditional graph paper:
Propportional effects of applications above:

Regular grids

InkScape plugin

The built-in grid feature of InkScape only provides snapping points. This plugin generates printable dots with configurable size, distance and angle.