After coming home from that trip I looked at the encyclopedia again, found another book, and actually made a couple bookmarks after a few failures. But bobbin lace is challenging and I gave up further attempts.
My next trip was to France, but since the route was through Amsterdam I decided a trip to Bruges would be a good quest to find lace. Bruges is magical, and after roaming around and seeing lace in all the tourist haunts, I finally got directions to the lace school, which was off the beaten track from the main centre of town. I was lucky enough to be there on an afternoon when the skilled ladies came to demonstrate. It was fascinating. Many of the ladies were well into their 80's and older. Their hands moved so fast you could barely see the bobbins.
The final hook was meeting a friend who does beautiful bobbin lace and offered to teach me. Although I have learned many needle arts from books, bobbin lace really requires a teacher, especially at the beginning. So Cindy showed me some examples of the different types of lace, and we settled on a beginner Buck's point pattern. With Cindy helping me at almost every step I was able to make a homely little bookmark, but by the end of that I at least understood the stitches. After that I was hooked, and managed to find several books thanks to ABE books and the internet.
Here is a picture of my first piece of lace that I am happy with. The tension is good, I was able to do the footside, and do three types of motifs. After trying to learn more from books and Cindy's help, I eventually found an excellent set of self teaching progressive lessons for purchase at this website:
Following these lessons in detail really helped me understand all the moves better. The next project literally showed me how to turn a corner!
Both of these used Lizbeth 40 crochet thread, and it works fairly well.
That's all for now, I will post my further projects when I learn how to do them.