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Linens And Lace Hardcover – September 26, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (September 26, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517576805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517576809
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Domestic bliss is to be found in a well-stocked linen closet Linens and Lace is about stocking that closet -- and then using its contents to bring comfort and elegance into your home. Tricia Foley, author of the best-selling Having Tea and an expert on fine linens, tells us how to find and evaluate vintage household linens -- the most intimate of antiques. We learn how to judge the age of a piece of fabric, how to spot dams and mends, how to tell machine-made lace from handmade. We learn how to care for our treasures: how to wash, iron, and store even the most delicate scraps of lace. Most of all, we learn, through Lilo Raymond's exquisite photographs, how to use lace and linens at home: An old tablecloth makes a wonderful filigreed curtain against the sun; a star-shaped doily softens the line of a bathroom shelf; a heap of plump little pillows invites us to linger in bed. Every image gives us another inventive and easy way to bring some romance to bed, bath, or table, and a thorough source guide tells us where to find the pieces we'll need (even where to find good contemporary reproductions when antique linens are impractical -- or just too expensive).

For those of us whose fantasy of grown-up life include snowy tablecloths set for dinner, swagged curtains at mullioned windows, and padded clothes hangers trimmed with lace ribbons, Linens and Lace is an essential guidebook.

About the Author

Tricia Foley, editor-at-large of Victoria magazine, lives with her lifelong collection of vintage household linens in New York City and on Long Island.

Lilo Raymond's photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modem Art the Bibliotheque Nationale, and many other museums, and in her book Revealing Light.

Claire Whitcomb, managing editor of Victoria magazine and coauthor of Oh, Say Can You See, lives in New York City.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Stone on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A must book have for a collector of linens and lace. Rarely, do I find a book with such beautiful photographs, but valuable information from distinquishing manufactured from reproductions, types of lace and choosing a good reproduction. I especially liked the ideas of how to display the linens and lace rather than just tuck them in a drawer.My favorite idea is the use of linens and lace for window treatments. If you love linens and lace, buy this book for yourself and one for a friend. Linens and Lace makes a great gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Newmie the cat on August 13, 2009
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If you know a little about laces then buy this book for only the pictures. I expected this book to be bigger with more substance but insead I've recived a picture book...and it is an ONLY lace book. No linens mentioned like sheets or pillows and so on.
The author lists several kind of laces which I would have loved to see in a close up photo so that I can visualize what it looks like and have an idea how it was executed. Instead there are pictures scattered around about random laces. Some of the laces she mentiones doesn't even have a photo in the book. While the picture quality is good and the photos are beautiful they were useless to me because only a few of them were shot as a close up.
Two stars for the photos.
P.S. If you want to read a truly good book on linens and read about them in depth buy The book of fine linen by Françoise de Bonneville. It is a huge book packed with beautiful pictures but just as much text. I'm yet to come accross a better book on linens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Sowell on February 15, 2010
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I thought this was more of a project book...but it is mainly for showing different linens.
For the person wanting to see different linens it would be great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J. King on November 15, 2013
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I just love this book! I bought a few to sell in my antique store! The book has saved me a lot of time getting my linens clean and I just love the history of it.
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By Grandma Bella on October 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not quite the introduction to lace as expected, but the price was right. Beautiful photography.
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