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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873416767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873416764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new guide to vintage textiles promises a lot--and it delivers. Kurella (Guide to Lace and Linen) has compiled a very basic, practical, and informative resource for appreciating, understanding, collecting, and recycling old textiles. Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into five sections, the largest of which focus on materials--fabrics (manipulations and embellishments), fibers, threads, and yarns--and things--vintage fashions, home furnishings, and fabrics of society. Other sections provide information on milestones of textile history, a guide to shows and sales, and a resource directory arranged by state. The text is easy to read and sprinkled with definitions, explanations, illustrations, diagrams, and charts. The one disappointment is that there are far too few color illustrations. Otherwise, this book is a welcome and affordable purchase for both public and academic libraries.
-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Though I have many books on the subject, this is one book that I reach for time and again.
D. D. Carlson
I buy and resell on ebay. this is an excellent go to resource for a variety of antique and vintage textiles.
Denise
Though most photos in the book are b&w, there's a big section of color photos in the center.
Denise R.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Abernethy on October 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
How can one 250 page book be so packed with information? Part I of the book is a concise guide to natural fibers, fabric construction, and fabric embellishments. Most of the topics in this section are 1-3 pages in length and are divided into "how to recognize", "features to note", and "where it is used". Part II is devoted to "Things" as in Vintage Fashion, Home Furnishings, and Fabrics of Society. There are 28 chapters on individual items such as aprons, bridal veils, paisley shawls, handkerchiefs, quilts, etc. Most are several pages in length and divided in "checklist" and "pieces and prices". While pricing information is accurate and detailed, information on identification and evaluation is extensive. I would give this book high ratings.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on April 28, 2000
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This book was obviously written by an expert. Everypage contains close up photos of fabrics so you can really see the texture. Includes Terms, conditions, identification, some values, etc. of lace, quilts, clothes, flags, linens, hats, etc... Very extensive. This is great for ebay sellers who need help identifying and describing vintage textile stock. However, most of the photos are black and white so it is more educational than entertainment. All-in-all, a great book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Carlson on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This wonderful guide to vintage textiles was obviously written by someone with a vast knowledge of the subject. The numerous photos depict the textiles up close and personal with the majority being black and white. Overall, this guide is more suitable for general reference than pleasure, though without a doubt it is a joy to read. This is the perfect companion for flea market vendors or anyone buying or selling vintage textiles. Though I have many books on the subject, this is one book that I reach for time and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise R. on July 26, 2012
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I'm a collector of vintage textiles, and sometimes sell them online. My knowledge of the categories I personally collect is good, but I often come across beautiful textiles that I don't know much about, and don't know the names for. I'd really like to learn more.

I especially wanted to learn something about lace. Identificaation of different types of lace is a subject that just practically gives the the shakes to think about - lace just seems so confusing. So, I needed a good, clearly-written and organized book to help me sort it all out.

The first half of "The Complete Guide to Vintage Textiles" deals with just those sort of issues. It's dedicated to "MATERIALS." Covered first are various types of fibers (cotton, linen, silk, wool) with a very complete chart, showing even how the fiber looks under magnification, and all its physical properties. Next is a discussion of threads and yarns and their properties (fibert, twist, cording, size).

Next up is a chapter on fabric manipulations types of manipulations. It's filled with photographs and good detail. She explains various types of weaves (twill, plain, pile, patterned, jacquard, etc.).

The chapters on lace were just what I was looking for! They feature very good descriptions on how the laces are made (bobbin lace and needle lace), and there are big photos with good captions so you know how to recognize them. There are also sections on crochet, needleweaving and darning. Since I bought the book I've returned to these sections many times to refresh my memory, and doublecheck purhcases I've made or things I've seen. It's such a valuable reference.

Also covered: felting, tapestry, knitting, macrame. and knotting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne L. Compton on March 24, 2013
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I didn't read the description or the reviews well enough to realize the photos were black and white -- and were not helpful to me. It seems more focused on "antique" than on "vintage."
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