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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844481085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844481088
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everybody loves the delicate beauty of lace, and of course you can buy machine made lace easily, but there is nothing like having a go yourself. Handmade lace is nothing like its modern counterpart, and you can have it made of whatever you like, in the colors you choose to go with your wardrobe. This is a book aimed at the beginner, and shows you how to make one type of lace called Torchon, which is the type usually recommended to start with. All the equipment associated with the hobby is described, and refreshingly it is all there in its least expensive form. You might well have much of it already, and you can make lace out of almost any type of thread or yarn, which certainly flies in the face of what I was taught. But this is a refreshingly modern type of book, and I was delighted to find that I could understand every word, which puts it way ahead of every other lace book I own or have seen. This is mainly due to an absence of the mystique surrounding this notoriously difficult craft, and the presence instead of lots of fairly large and very clear diagrams and photographs. The projects are attractive and either modern or timeless: bookmarks, a bag, cushion trim, shawl and scarf. They are inspired by the seasons, which adds a nice touch. I think I might not keep my other lacemaking books now, but get out my pillow and bobbins and maybe have a bit more success this time around. Very highly recommended. --MyShelf.com

A very competitively priced book of 80 pages, 25.7 by 20.1cm in format, printed on high-quality glossy paper throughout, it contains full colour photos and close-up step by step black and white photos of six bookmarks, along with five further designs entitled 'Four seasons'. These include a purse, two scarves, a bag and a pattern, which could be used either to decorate a cushion or make into a hanging. The prickings are also available in the back of the book along with details of the neccessary enlargements when photocopying. The book is as it says a beginner's guide and starts with an introduction to lacemaking along with a guide to the neccessary materials. The photos here are lovely-lots of bobbins, modern brightly coloured threads (no white in sight) and beads. The bookmark collection starts with more tempting photographs, followed by the necessary preparatory work. A plait is then worked with excellent photographs of each bobbin movement; however, the completed plait (worked in cotton perle) is far from exciting. A series of bookmarks follows, introducing a variety of stitches and techniques, also worked in cotton perle - all with excellent instructions. The second section, however, is the most inspiring part of the book. Large scale patterns and textured yarns are used to make or decorate usable objects - the photos really make you want a trip to the local thread shop, to try something different! A complete beginner could easily use this book to teach themselves the basics of bobbin lace; a super publication, which even more experienced lacemakers should buy - particularly if they fancy having a go at using the more exciting modern threads on offer these days. Best if all, it's written in English by English authors. --Sally Wadsworth, Lace --Sylvia Quixley, West Country Embroiderers Newsletter 67

A very competitively priced book of 80 pages, 25.7 by 20.1cm in format, printed on high-quality glossy paper throughout, it contains full colour photos and close-up step by step black and white photos of six bookmarks, along with five further designs entitled 'Four seasons'. These include a purse, two scarves, a bag and a pattern, which could be used either to decorate a cushion or make into a hanging. The prickings are also available in the back of the book along with details of the neccessary enlargements when photocopying. The book is as it says a beginner's guide and starts with an introduction to lacemaking along with a guide to the neccessary materials. The photos here are lovely-lots of bobbins, modern brightly coloured threads (no white in sight) and beads. The bookmark collection starts with more tempting photographs, followed by the necessary preparatory work. A plait is then worked with excellent photographs of each bobbin movement; however, the completed plait (worked in cotton perle) is far from exciting. A series of bookmarks follows, introducing a variety of stitches and techniques, also worked in cotton perle - all with excellent instructions. The second section, however, is the most inspiring part of the book. Large scale patterns and textured yarns are used to make or decorate usable objects - the photos really make you want a trip to the local thread shop, to try something different! A complete beginner could easily use this book to teach themselves the basics of bobbin lace; a super publication, which even more experienced lacemakers should buy - particularly if they fancy having a go at using the more exciting modern threads on offer these days. Best if all, it's written in English by English authors. --Sally Wadsworth, Lace 130

This book is designed for the newest recruit to bobbin lace making. It is attractively presented and gives an introduction to the tools used, instruction in basic stitches and several small items for the beginner. In addition to the basic stitches, there is instruction in preparing a pricking, tying in new threads and finishing off, and the final section includes some quite complicated projects. One criticsm: the instructions are easy to follow, the photographs show threads in two shades of grey on a dark blue background. I think two brightly coloured, contrasting threads would be much easier for the beginner, who may progress to something more elegant later. This is a very practical book, and as it progresses from very simple to fairly difficult, I think it would keep one busy for some time! --Sylvia Quixley, West Country Embroiderers Newsletter 67

About the Author

Gilian Dye and Adrienne Thunder are experienced and enthusiastic lacemakers and teachers. Both hold City and Guilds Lacemaking Part 2 and are active members of local, national and international lace organisations. In addition to this, both have served on the Executive Committee of The Lace Guild. Over many years they have developed patterns and tips for working with non-traditional materials, have won prizes in major competitions and had work exhibited in the UK and overseas.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ma Garbett on 14 Feb. 2009
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Excellent and very clear instructions and photographic illustrations. Pricking patterns are printed in the book for convenience.Very interesting from the point of view of opening your mind to less traditional ideas. All that a beginner would require to start them off.
If you have some experience of lace making this book is too basic for you.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Reverend C. Waters on 22 April 2009
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I found this a very helpful book as a complete newcomer to the craft of bobbin lace making. It gives clear instructions with helpful pictorial guides to the basics and provides prickings and instructions from the very beginning for making some attractive bookmarks as a way of introducing different stitches and the various skills needed as it works up to more complicated patterns.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jan. 2009
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This is a lovely book, ideal for anyone who is learning to do lace.It has some easy patterns in it and the instructions are easy to follow.I have found it very useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isis on 26 April 2011
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This books covers everything for the beginner together with step by step projects / patterns. A great first book to start with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob J on 31 July 2011
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Purchased alongside the House of Crafts Lacemaking Craft Kit this book has excellent photographic instructions for the beginner and also contains much information on local variations in the tools of the craft. The patterns are more complex than in the kit but, with the more detailed instructions, present a more challenging and ultimately more satisfying project.

Very well written and presented, this book is more likely to inspire one to continue in the craft and seek out better equipment than the kit.

Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yvon on 7 Oct. 2011
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This book is a very good for anyone teaching themselves lacemaking. It has very clear photographs and instructions.It also has a more modern look than most books of this type.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GillyK on 24 Feb. 2010
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Just got interested in lace so bought this book to find out what it is all about. Instructions are excellent, pictures might have been better with a greater colour contrast of threads. Worked my way through the projects and really pleased with the results. Did have to concentrate hard to get it right but it was definitely worth the effort.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Hughes on 20 Feb. 2010
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Excellent book for beginners and advanced. New ideas which are always welcome whatever stage your lacemaking has reached. Advanced lacemakers often just want an easier pattern to be able to relax whilst making lace.
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