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Lace from the Attic: A Victorian Notebook of Knitted Lace Patterns Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

As fewer and fewer Americans have the opportunity to learn the exquisite needlework techniques that enriched life in past centuries, we are seeing in magazines like PieceWork and books like Wiseman's and Schurch's, reviewed above, attempts to preserve what remains of traditional textile craft techniques and patterns. For Wiseman, a 100-year-old leather notebook, filled with lace patterns and samples and belonging to a Miss Blanche Beau of Sacramento, CA, was the jumping-off place for adventures in deciphering, rewriting, and charting a marvelous collection of old lace edgings. Comprehensive information on the tools and techniques of lace knitting makes this book a good choice for beginners, while the more than 58 lace patterns included will appeal to the more experienced. Rounding out the book are 15 projects designed to use the edgings. A worthy acquisition for textile collections and public libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nancie Wiseman is the author of numerous craft books, including Crochet with Wire and The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques.

More About the Author

Nancie, once a Registered Nurse opened her yarn shop, Nancie Knits in 1987 in Sacramento, California. The store has closed, but Nancie continues to teach, design and write knitting patterns and books. She continues to reach knitter's and crochetor's by teaching throughout the US and Canada. Nancie won an International Design competition in 1992 and continues to design and write patterns for several yarn companies as well as writing articles and patterns for all of the major knitting magazines.
In the Fall of 1997, Nancie was the consultant for an article in Martha Stewart Living, titled: Knitting 101.
To date, she has written 9 books on knitting and crochet and 2 books on quilting. She has also produced 7 videos and DVD's about knitting. She has been on The DIY network doing 3 Jewelry Shows and the Knitty Gritty show twice. Nancie was named the Master Knitter of Crochet with Wire in the Fall of 2007. One of Nancie's passions is to collect antique lace and interpret old lace patterns. She grows orchids in her spare time.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
The subtitle for this book should be "A Victorian Notebook of Knited Lace Edging Patterns. With only a few exceptions the patterns are for edging only with no all over lace patterns.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By aprobin@ziplink.net on January 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Delightful story of a Victorian lady and her lace. The author then recreates the lace patterns in contemporary terminology. The real plus--all patterns are charted.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By hairpin on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a basic book of edgings mainly, with one or two whole patterns. But if you do like some historical content of your stitches, you might really enjoy this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a real treasure; not only do you get to meet Blanche Beau and peek into her lace notebook, but you get the lace all charted for ease of knitting.
I love antique knitting patterns but going through the non-standard notations written out line-by-line can be tedious. The modernized charting makes the lace accessible. You can never have enough stitch patterns for lace edgings for shawls and pillows. Really lovely.
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