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Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)

Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) [Kindle Edition]

Doris Southard
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Superb guide by accomplished lacemaker enables even beginners to create beautiful lace according to age-old technique. History of bobbin lace, materials and supplies, techniques for simple braid, edgings, fans and spiders, rose ground, turning a corner, laces with gimp, laces made on a flat pillow. Projects graded, simple to advanced. 249 illustrations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10227 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (9 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginning book 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer
If you want a step by step book that teaches you all the skills needed to do bobbin lace, then this is the book for you. Everything is systematically laid out and she slowly teaches you new skills in an easy to understand manner. She also gives directions on how to make your own lace pillow so the initial expense to starting this hobby is decreased. I still enjoy using many of her patterns after I have mastered more difficult ones. She also teaches you how to read and understand patterns so you can graduate to doing patterns from other sources. Overall a great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 17 April 2012
By Kim
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I bought this as a gift for my mum who took up lace making about a year ago, she was really pleased with it as it contains patterns for items she hasn't made before and new stitches to try. She said "It's great"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 7 April 2013
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A very inspiring book that I think that I can learn a lot from. It has many very nice and useful patterns that I long to try to follow,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobbin Lacemaking 16 Dec 2012
By A Blake
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Great book I can look up the stiches and maybe one day complete a piece of lace I have designed myself.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic text 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Includes everything you need to know to make bobbin lace. The patterns are simple and attractive with an emphasis on yardage laces for trim as opposed to motifs and doileys. If you're taking up lacemaking on a budget, this is the book for you. This one was written during the Dark Times when lacemaking equipment was scarce, so there is a chapter included on making your own pillow and bobbins. This is a keeper.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow 11 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on
This is the book I used to get started with making bobbin lace. The directions for the patterns start out with excruciatingly exact and precise details. As you move farther into the book, the directions assume a certain level of experience and become less detailed. That's okay, by the time you get to those lessons, you already know what a half-stich and cloth stitch are and no longer need that level of detail. I heartily recommend this book to all of my students.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacemaking in English 27 Mar 2004
By Lori Howe - Published on
Fro many years this book was the only book on Lacemaking available in English and we are so grateful for it. But almost all the English language books available today use a different method from this one, and it would be confusing to start with this method and then have to change when buying any other English book. It might be better to start with the method you will continue with.
But if you have a teacher from Belgium this would be the method she will use.(as opposed to an American or English teacher)
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2.0 out of 5 stars For Begining Go Elswere! 2 Aug 2011
By Antiquarian - Published on
I bought this book when I joined a lacemaking guild thinking it was a great beginners book that would help with my learning; I was wrong. My teacher said, "it is worth having, don't get me wrong, just don't pay attention to what she tells you."

First off the stitch terminologies used are completely different than those used in the greater lace making community. So, as one other reviewer pointed out, all other books and prickings will "read" differently. You may end up confused and frustrated.

Second, all the patterns require the use of heavier linen threads. This makes the finished lace thick and coarse. Honestly most lace makers I know prefer fine cotton or silk threads over linen, also cotton and silk is infinitely more available. The text provides no alternatives to the linen thread; which I feel a "beginners" book should. I've had to invest a lot of time into recalculating the thread weights and/or reducing the pricking sizes of the patterns. There is another great book that helps with this "Threads for Lace" a Must must have if you want to get serious about lace making.

Third, there isn't a variety of lace styles. They all seem to be Torchon styles and I've found that I much prefer tape laces (Idrija, cantu, etc.) as a beginner. That is taste I know, but it would have been nice to have some tape lace option in a book for beginners as they are simple and use fewer bobbins.

I would recommend Jean Jagendorf's books for the best guide to learning bobbin lace - she really knows her stuff and actively teaches.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend Reference Book for beginning to intermediate Bobbin Lace making; easy to understand instructions 1 Sep 2013
By palo pallas - Published on
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Highly recommend Reference Book for beginning to intermediate Bobbin Lace making. Book covers straight lace, (tape lace) and corners, building of pillow frames.
Not included are instructions for “lace drawing”, although images are given of completed works, however by the time one finishes projects w/in book, this should be easy to accomplish w/o instruction.
Compares a variety of Bobbin Lace Pillows, w/ b & w photo’s, uses of each style & why; differently constructed bobbin & why; types of Threads often used, advantages of each; some laundry/care advice.
Included is an easy to understand diagrams for building a Bobbin Lace pillow, offering variations of materials to use; as one progresses through book, understanding & building of variety of pillows should be achieved w/o instruction.
Book shows drawn images of winding bobbins, acquaints reader, amt of thread needed per bobbin how to hitch so bobbin does not unwind while working;
Stitch instructions; How to read & understand the pattern languages (abbreviations & drawings/markings), indicating stitches to be use allowing one to understand, “read”, & follow any given pattern.
How to make pattern.
Each project builds & escalates, building on knowledge gained w/ each prior project);
Also included are how to add additional Bobbins and lengths of thread.
Included are projects for several tape lace patterns, working with corners (type pillow best suited). Chapter included for making lace w/o instruction.
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