I've had a copy of this book for a looonnngggg time. Many other craft books in my library have come and gone, but not this one. It gives good basic overviews on a variety of lacemaking techniques including (but definitely NOT limited to ) topics such as bobbin lace, crochet, Ayrshire, netted lace, and has a particular emphasis on needle-made laces. It does include basic patterns so you can create samplers of the techniques. The photos are in black and white but are sharp and show excellent detail.