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Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) Paperback – May 19, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486271226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486271224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Includes everything you need to know to make bobbin lace. The patterns are simple and attractive with an emphasis on yardage laces for trim as opposed to motifs and doileys. If you're taking up lacemaking on a budget, this is the book for you. This one was written during the Dark Times when lacemaking equipment was scarce, so there is a chapter included on making your own pillow and bobbins. This is a keeper.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the book I used to get started with making bobbin lace. The directions for the patterns start out with excruciatingly exact and precise details. As you move farther into the book, the directions assume a certain level of experience and become less detailed. That's okay, by the time you get to those lessons, you already know what a half-stich and cloth stitch are and no longer need that level of detail. I heartily recommend this book to all of my students.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Antiquarian on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I joined a lacemaking guild thinking it was a great beginners book that would help with my learning; I was wrong. My teacher said, "it is worth having, don't get me wrong, just don't pay attention to what she tells you."

First off the stitch terminologies used are completely different than those used in the greater lace making community. So, as one other reviewer pointed out, all other books and prickings will "read" differently. You may end up confused and frustrated.

Second, all the patterns require the use of heavier linen threads. This makes the finished lace thick and coarse. Honestly most lace makers I know prefer fine cotton or silk threads over linen, also cotton and silk is infinitely more available. The text provides no alternatives to the linen thread; which I feel a "beginners" book should. I've had to invest a lot of time into recalculating the thread weights and/or reducing the pricking sizes of the patterns. There is another great book that helps with this "Threads for Lace" a Must must have if you want to get serious about lace making.

Third, there isn't a variety of lace styles. They all seem to be Torchon styles and I've found that I much prefer tape laces (Idrija, cantu, etc.) as a beginner. That is taste I know, but it would have been nice to have some tape lace option in a book for beginners as they are simple and use fewer bobbins.

I would recommend Jean Jagendorf's books for the best guide to learning bobbin lace - she really knows her stuff and actively teaches.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lori Howe on March 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fro many years this book was the only book on Lacemaking available in English and we are so grateful for it. But almost all the English language books available today use a different method from this one, and it would be confusing to start with this method and then have to change when buying any other English book. It might be better to start with the method you will continue with.
But if you have a teacher from Belgium this would be the method she will use.(as opposed to an American or English teacher)
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Highly recommend Reference Book for beginning to intermediate Bobbin Lace making. Book covers straight lace, (tape lace) and corners, building of pillow frames.
Not included are instructions for “lace drawing”, although images are given of completed works, however by the time one finishes projects w/in book, this should be easy to accomplish w/o instruction.
Compares a variety of Bobbin Lace Pillows, w/ b & w photo’s, uses of each style & why; differently constructed bobbin & why; types of Threads often used, advantages of each; some laundry/care advice.
Included is an easy to understand diagrams for building a Bobbin Lace pillow, offering variations of materials to use; as one progresses through book, understanding & building of variety of pillows should be achieved w/o instruction.
Book shows drawn images of winding bobbins, acquaints reader, amt of thread needed per bobbin how to hitch so bobbin does not unwind while working;
Stitch instructions; How to read & understand the pattern languages (abbreviations & drawings/markings), indicating stitches to be use allowing one to understand, “read”, & follow any given pattern.
How to make pattern.
Each project builds & escalates, building on knowledge gained w/ each prior project);
Also included are how to add additional Bobbins and lengths of thread.
Included are projects for several tape lace patterns, working with corners (type pillow best suited). Chapter included for making lace w/o instruction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FLEUR on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have other books referring to bobbin lace but not so in detail. It is definitely written by someone who loves this craft and is happy to share the knowhow with other persons. Very detailed and a good learning aid !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Petro on December 6, 2007
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This book was a present for my wife. She is very happy with the contents and ease of use.
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This book helped me to get started in bobbin lace. The book is both informative and interesting as it is written as if the author is having a conversation with the reader. She did a great job in listing and describing materials needed. Her lessons were clear and progressive as I moved from one to the next. The author is a real teacher. And with the help of videos on YouTube I was able to learn without going to a class. And I have moved onto the book by Pamela Nottingham. If someone were to ask me to help them get started I would loan them Doris Southard's book.
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