This concise guide is the perfect choice for those who would like to familiarize themselves with the distinguishing characteristics of various types of lace. With a minimum of text and numerous illustrations, the excellent introduction profiles the many and varied forms of lace, identifying the century to which they belong and their country of origin. Both of the two main varieties, Point or Needle lace and Bobbin or Pillow lace, are covered, starting in the order of their development.
Focusing directly on the laces of Italy, France, and Flanders, the guide also offers lovely examples of fine lace from Spain, England, and Ireland. Here are such magnificent pieces of work as Venetian Gros Point, Point d'Angleterre, Fausse Valenciennes, and Genoese Bobbin-made lace from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Pointe de Flandre, Duchesse lace, Spanish Blonde, and a Point de France Chalice Veil from the eighteenth century; and Needle-run Limerick lace, Carrickmacross Guipure, and Irish Crochet lace––all of th nineteenth century.
Simply written for beginning needleworkers and anyone interested in old-world crafts, this book serves as a fine introduction that is likely to encourage readers to pursue further the fascinating study of intricate lace patterns.