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Alphabet Inspirations in Coloured Bobbin Lace Hardcover – 27 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (27 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713489057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489057
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 22.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandi Woods is a working lacemaker and teacher. She has exhibited and taught widely in Britain, Europe and the USA. She has won several major awards for her work, and frequently writes for Lace magazine, among other periodicals. She is the author of Special Effects in Bobbin Lace, also published by B T Batsford. She lives in Rochester, Kent.


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This a beautiful book with lovely designs. Very detailed instructions with ideas to expand on designs. Can't wait to make some alphabet lace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of small projects 10 Feb. 2005
By smhs - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains pricking for the English alphabet. Each pricking is roughly 3" high. There are two sets of detailed instructions for each pricking, one with a simpler execution and one with a Milanese lace technique. I also saw some evidence of Withoff techniques being used. The instuctions are written out with a small annotated version of the pricking to note strategic points in the execution. It does not use the color coded graphs found in many continental books.

The book is divided into 3 sections, the alphabet, variations on the alphabet prickings and techniques. The variations section does encourage the reader to think about designing lace.

If there is a downside to this book, it is the small print and diagrams. The instructions for the letters are fairly continuous with photographs of the lace every few pages. While I have not worked from this book yet, I suspect that it would be fairly easy to get confused on which set of instructions are being used since there can be more than one on a page. A trip to the copy machine might help on this.

I also feel that while the instructions are extensive, this might not be the best book for a beginner who has only worked with Torchon lace. Silk threads are recommended as well as several colors for each pricking. Unless the beginner is very determined, it could be a frustrating experience. A little experience with silk or colored thread will be an advantage.

What I do like about the book is that the prickings are small and should not take long to make. I am looking forward to trying some of these for Milanese samples since they will go very fast.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOBBIN LACE 22 Feb. 2014
By Donna Lamont - Published on Amazon.com
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THE BOOK ENCHANTS ME, THE LETTERS ARE BEAUTIFULLY DONE. THAT BEING SAID, THEY WILL BE COSTLY TO MAKE BECAUSE OF THE EXPENSE OF THE THREAD AND THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT COLORS NEEDED FOR EACH LETTER. TO MY FURTHER DISMAY, I DISCOVERED THAT I AM NOT NEARLY ADVANCED ENOUGH TO DO IT YET. I AM AN OLD WOMAN, I COULD DIE BEFORE I KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT BOBBIN LACE TO DO THIS! BUT IT IS A MARVELOUS BOOK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated 13 Jun. 2011
By Ready to Lace - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very pleased with this book. It arrived in pristine condition. The photographs are clear and beautiful. I'm looking forward to starting one of the letters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 9 May 2016
By Shirley Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of detailed information.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! 18 Oct. 2014
By Pat - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really interesting pattern book, including very artful ways to use portions of the lace letters for other purposes. Very nice designs - a really thought-provoking book for designers and a terrific book for lace makers.
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