Aine I suggest you look at our BEGINNERS group. I've written 2 tutorials, one for a plain rectangular bookmark, and one for a leaf. They will explains the basic working method in detail. Once you have tried that and understood the method you will be able to advance.
Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, the laces we include, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Please be aware that we define "needle lace" in a very narrow way for this network. But there is another network I administer which includes all handmade laces, including Carrickmacross and embroidered net. http://laceioli.ning.com It is also free to join. If you have any questions about either network, contact me and I'll try to help.