As the proprietor of an online shop specializing, as my motto says in "antique, vintage and fine contemporary laces and trims", I have stacks of books by various authors that I used to teach myself how to recognize, grade and value these ethereal bits of wonder over the years. All of them are helpful and provide good resources that I've returned to for information. But there are so many similarities between various laces and so many variations within one type, that you can get bogged down and frustrated. Many of the old standard works do not cover these or give direction to further help in identification.
It was not until I purchased Elizabeth Kurella's book, 'Everybody's Guide to Lace and Linens' that I actually understood the concepts and characteristics of each lace in a superbly logical way. I consider Kurella to be an expert researcher and writer. Her well written and generously illustrated work can turn even the greenest of novices into one who has the basics of what and how to look at laces to type them. Her 'C.O.M.B.O.' method is simply brilliant.
Each lace type is categorized by clothwork, outline, mesh, bridges used and ornament detail. I truly wish this had been the first book of my lace library instead of the latest volume. I'm a bonafide fan of Ms. Kurella and owe her my suddenly evolved level of knowledge. You can truly appreciate the monumental amount of labor and skill that went into making each precious inch of fine lace after reading this terrific book!