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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
The strongest point of this book, in my opinion, is the wonderful gallery of modern laces shown to inspire the new lacemaker. I really don't care for most of the patterns in this book, but that is no reason why you would dislike them. Still, the diagrams are clear, the instructions are fine (although a little wordy on occasion), and there are instructions for making several kinds of pillows. This is a good, solid reference which I would reccomend particualrly to the new lacemaker on a budget.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
As another reviewer stated, this book would be a good place for a beginner to start their lace adventure. The author begins with a little lace history and an explanation of the tools used in lace making. She then goes on to provide a tutorial on each of the basic lace techniques. Using this book and following the author's directions, I have been able to make my own lace "cookie" type pillow and a cylindrical lace pillow. I have worked through a number of the tutorials and did not find them "too wordy". :)

The examples are meant to show you how to read a pricking and how that translates into the basic lace making motifs. I think the examples do that job quite well. If you work through each of the tutorials, you will start to build your lace "vocabulary". The lace that results is not anything more than a sample of a technique, but the Author has provided pictures of modern laces as well as some spectacular older laces to inspire your own original designs.

I have learned a lot from this book and continue to use it as a reference for my own designs
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on October 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
After reading the reviews, I honestly expected more from this book. It's not a bad book, though, and I don't think a beginner would do wrong in purchasing it. I will say, however, that if I knew NOTHING about bobbin lace, and had bought this book to learn about it, I'd never have gotten into lace-making, as really the only piece of fine lace is the picture on this edition's cover. Most of the lace shown in the book is pretty heavy stuff; no Bucks-point, Honiton, or anything fine or delicate, which is what I personally like. (Certainly there are beautiful examples of Cluny, Torchon, and the "tape-laces" and these have many great uses; it's all matter of personal taste.)

Here are a few things to consider: 1) Don't even look at the cover. That's NOT really the type of lace this book goes into. This book is more about basic torchon-type lace, and tape-lace. 2) This book has a good many photos of "modern" lace-art. 3) This book mentions and has photos of Eastern European lace, which we often don't hear much about 4) The tutorial lace-illustrations in this book are made with very large thread, so that you can really see what's going on. This also makes the "lace" in the illustrations look rather coarse and unattractive in some cases, but I think it's made that way for teaching. 5)There is a short section about the history of lace-making and some photos of early lace. 6)There's a discussion about bobbins, pillows (including instructions), thread, etc. I started bobbin lace-making in the early 1980s, around the time this book first came out. At that time most of us had no way to find suppliers for bobbins, or pillows, so these directions were VERY helpful. Now these items can easily be found on the internet, but a good woodworker can still save money by making her/his own pillow, especially the cookie pillows.

If you're looking at a book for beginners, you might also check out the smaller "Bobbin Lacemaking for Beginners" which has less about history but more attractive patterns for plaited-type lace. (That's just my personal opinion, however.) The book "Lessons in Bobbin Lace-making" is larger, and is also a good resource. Happy Lace-Making!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
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Dover offers this reprint of an old classic. Don't expect great illustration because you won't find them in this book. What you will find is basic information and techniques on numerous lace styles. Great reference particularly for the price.
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on March 2, 2015
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This in an excellently informative book for people who are already hooked on making bobbin lace. Lots of different techniques and styles, and much info on how to design one's own patterns, plus make the pillows and bobbins that are necessary.

I know that I plan to work through projects in more beginner-friendly books before taking any of these on... but this is still a great resource.
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The text presents heirloom quality patterns with easy to follow instructions. The images are clear and precise. It's wonderful to see that is ancient and venerable craft is still available to the new generations who are willing to carry on a thing of great beauty and priceless in result. Thank you for keeping alive a craft that produces such beauty and intricacy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
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This is a very good item it meet expectations, shipped as agreed, consider this for your purchase, you probably will like it
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on February 24, 2015
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I bought this as a gift and was very pleased with the layout of the book. The recipient has been enjoying it as well.
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on June 12, 2013
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This is a wonderful book! It not only gives a history, but shows how to get started with basic techniques.
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on November 22, 2014
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nice book and good price
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