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Guide to Lace and Linens Paperback – March 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Trader Books (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930625897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930625894
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By mjhdogwood_lace@hotmail.com on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a valuable addition to any lace collector or lace historian's library, this book fits right inbetween Earnshaw's Lace Identification and Elizabeth's smaller simpler volume "A Pocket Guide to Lace and Linens."
The macro photographs of each lace are clear and sharp making it possible to count the number of twists in a particular stitch and identify exactly which features are the identifiable characteristic of each lace. Elizabeth's valuation system for the monetary value and collectability of each type of lace is informative and well reasoned.
For the would be collector, this book along with Earnshaw's are the ones to have at home while the pocket guide is the one to take with you to the flea markets and antique fairs. Not only will you be able to knowledgably indentify what you have, but you will be able to discern how difficult the stitches and techniques are, when and where the lace was probably made and its relative value on today's market.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lori (sewdoll@mint.net) on February 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has one or more pages describing each type of lace. The varieties are extensive. It is so clear and easy to understand what makes each lace unique. The first book I reccomend for those wanting to know about lace!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dina Kerik on June 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
As the proprietor of an online shop specializing, as my motto says in "antique, vintage and fine contemporary laces and trims", I have stacks of books by various authors that I used to teach myself how to recognize, grade and value these ethereal bits of wonder over the years. All of them are helpful and provide good resources that I've returned to for information. But there are so many similarities between various laces and so many variations within one type, that you can get bogged down and frustrated. Many of the old standard works do not cover these or give direction to further help in identification.

It was not until I purchased Elizabeth Kurella's book, 'Everybody's Guide to Lace and Linens' that I actually understood the concepts and characteristics of each lace in a superbly logical way. I consider Kurella to be an expert researcher and writer. Her well written and generously illustrated work can turn even the greenest of novices into one who has the basics of what and how to look at laces to type them. Her 'C.O.M.B.O.' method is simply brilliant.

Each lace type is categorized by clothwork, outline, mesh, bridges used and ornament detail. I truly wish this had been the first book of my lace library instead of the latest volume. I'm a bonafide fan of Ms. Kurella and owe her my suddenly evolved level of knowledge. You can truly appreciate the monumental amount of labor and skill that went into making each precious inch of fine lace after reading this terrific book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stonewall Cottage on January 6, 2011
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This book is a MUST for the linen and lace collector. The organization is superb, the information is accurate, the pictures are filled with detail. I would advise the novice collector to buy this first and then Earnshaw's book.
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