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Torchon Lacemaking: A Step-by-Step Guide,
This review is from: Torchon Lacemaking: A Step-by-Step Guide (Hardcover)Jan Tregidgo, in her introduction, says this book was conceived as a new approach to learning torchon lacemaking and she hopes her book caters to all types of learners. She has achieved this goal admirably.
The text is clear, well written, logically laid out and every step is lavishly illustrated with close-up, colour photographs. Additionally each project has a segmented diagram as an extra aid and there are many useful tips and memory joggers in separate boxes throughout the text. This and an index that has been split into two sections, one general and one technique specific saves trawling through all the text to find quickly the reference you are looking for. Unlike a lot of authors who start beginners on a thick thread, Jan Tregidgo uses a finer, easily available and affordable thread. She also deals with the use of colour from the beginning so the first projects actually look like lace. Unusually there is also a chapter and projects using beads. The only reservation I have is that the book does not cover as may techniques, such as tallies and plaits, that most beginner's books do. Having siad that once the lace maker has finsihed the projects they would have no trouble in understanding the techniques from other books.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone wishing to take up lacemaking, especially those without easy access to a teacher or who wish to re-inforce their lessons.