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A Legacy of Shetland Lace [Paperback]

Shetland Guild of Spinners
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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Shetland Times Ltd (8 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904746764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904746768
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 22.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of 21 stunning projects designed by members of the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers. While some are strictly traditional others are modernised and the patterns featured have designs planned for all levels of skill and experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy 3 April 2013
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This book is the real deal. So many books on Shetland Lace are written by enthusiasts who, whilst highly knowledgeable knitters and whilst very creative as designers, are not actually from Shetland. But you can't get more authoritative on Shetland Lace than the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers, and this book is their initiative to "preserve and further Shetland's traditional textile heritage". The introduction states that this book "contains patterns designed by various members of the Guild, using traditional methods of constructing a design. Our ancestors mostly knitted garments using complicated patterns, but the patterns here have designs planned for all levels of skills and experience. Some of the designs are strictly traditional, some modernised to suit present day fashions, but all are knitted as in the olden days, ie each knitter fashioning her design from a known wide range of 'motifs' which were at one time passed down from mother to daughter."

A great feature of the book is the story that accompanies each pattern; how and where each individual designer learned to knit, her inspiration - such as the name of her family's croft, or the Shetland word for sea shore, or the sound of a stream running past her house - and her expertise. All the women talk about learning to knit from mothers, sisters and grandmothers, and all of them are experienced teachers, prize-winners, and members of the Guild. Reading this book feels like sitting down with them in their homes and sharing the privilege of learning from their skill and expertise. Many of the individual stories say things like, "She is keen to pass on her knowledge and skill, and she hopes this book will inspire and encourage young folk to take up Shetland lace knitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 17 Jun 2013
This is a lovely book with some beautiful patterns in. I got my copy this morning and don't know where to start.

However, I did start by reading the back cover - it's a shame that no-one else read it before going to press as I spotted four typos. However, from what I've read inside the covers so far, the rest of it looks good.

If you're going to start a project from this book, check out the Ravelry group for errata first. I've yet to see a knitting book that the publisher can get right first time!

The Ravelry group is good and they are very responsive to questions and queries.

Now to order some yarn ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 28 Nov 2013
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For those wanting to start knitting traditional Shetland lace this is an excellent book. The scarves are projects of just the right size not to put off a learner. I recommend this book and will be knitting my way through it
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