The techniques of Freehand Lace are still relevant today. In current contemporary lace practice you find the same aspirations of Freehand Lace being executed in the irregular grounds first used in the Benelux countries. Freehand Lace follows a pattern but does not utilise a ‘pricking’. The pins are usually placed down the two edges of lace the stiches and pattern in between is maintained through the tension of the lace. You can find out more about Freehand Lace by visiting the Kunstindustrimusset in København and reading Dance Frihåndskniplinger by  Bodil Tornehave.  Alongside Denmark, you also find examples of Freehand Lace in other areas of Europe including Skåne in Southern Sweden (please see Wivi-Ann Nordström’s books Skånsk Knyppling and Pettersson Lace).

Further information sources:

Freehand Lace Research group website.


Danske Frihåndskniplinger by Bodil Tornehave. Notabene 1987 ISBN 8774902911

Fuglefletskniplinger by Bodil Tornehave og Jana Novak. Notabene 1989 ISBN 8774903063


Nyytinki by Inga Pentikäinen and Irma Leihmulahti. Barbara Fay Verlag 2004 ISBN 3925184678


Freihandspitzen von der Schwäbischen Alb by Gisel Noll; Elda Gantner and Marianne Stang. Deutscher Klöppelverban e.V. 2000 ISBN 3934210260 

Italy: Cogne


“I Knipplingahjörnan” Österlens Museum 2000 ISBN 9186220322