Bruges color code or Belgian color code for bobbin lace.

Before the invention of the color code, learning lace making was a slow process. Thanks to the Bruges color code, this goes a lot faster.
The color code was developed shortly before the first world war in the Bruges lace school and belonged to the lesson program.
Ever since the rise of the making bobbin lace as a leisure activity in the sixties of the last century, the color code has gradually conquered much of Europe.
On the work schedule, which indicates the wire run, the crosses of the pairs are indicated in a color that determines what kind of stitch should be made. This has made learning lace making much simpler.
Anyone who has learned to read fluently the color code lacemaking during the base year, can afterwards in a quick way learn a new kind of lace.
Each stitch, gimp, plait or tally has his own color. The lace maker only must follow the work schedule and, thanks to the colors, knows what to do.

This is the color code used in Belgium and in a large part of Europe.

Green: half stitch
Purple: linen stitch
Red: double stitch
Yellow: gimp
Yellow in Cluny lace: Venetian plait
yellow leaf, square or triangle: tally
Orange: Dieppe stitch
Brown: twisted half stitch or enclosed pin stitch
Blue: plait
Turquoise: turn-over stitch

In tulle laces, the ground can be drawn in green, orange and brown. This depends on the kind of tulle lace.

I hope this brief explanation helps to read the European lace patterns.

Veerle Meersschaut



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