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Not what it says on the tin
on 13 November 2008
I was disappointed with this book - not for what is in it, but for what has been left out. And the main problem is the title.
This is not a book about the history, traditions and patterns of Estonia - it is a project book. A very good project book, but not what it says on the tin. Pre-release it had been advertised as a book about the history and patterns of Estonia, and I had imagined it to be the equivalent of Miller's book on Shetland lace. It doesn't begin to compare. There are very few historical images, and she says in the stitch dictionary section that she has left out many patterns due to lack of space. The cynic in me says for a second book....
Don't get me wrong - the projects are lovely; beautifully photographed and clearly set out. If you want projects using Estonian lace buy it; you will not be disappointed. But if you want historical info and a stitch dictionary, there is nothing here you can't find on the web.