From Library Journal
Needle lace, unlike surface embroidery, is attached to a background fabric or frame only at the beginning and end of a piece and around the edges. This frees the embroiderer to create multiple layers, combine other techniques, and use beading and fabric painting as well as a wide variety of types and colors of threads. Nordfors Clarks first book, Needle Lace and Needleweaving: A New Look at Traditional Stitches (1974), remained in print for more than 20 years and is considered a classic introductory text in the field. This new offering expands on the first volume, emphasizing the artistic possibilities of needle lace and including new stitches, innovative techniques (would you believe needle lace embedded in sausage casing?), and a gallery of needle lace from around the world. In one chapter, the author leads the reader step by step through planning a new needle lace piece, including sources of inspiration, design, color, and technique. A first-class offering, enthusiastically recommended for both academic and large public libraries.
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