Victorian Lace Today

Victorian Lace Today

Book - 2006
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Within this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often-inaccurate instructions into richly-colored, exciting patterns for modern-day accessories. This blend of history, mystery, and hands-on technique debunks myths about Victorian life as it inspires beginners and ambitious knitters alike. Included are instructions for Victorian lace as the Victorians never saw it--in glorious detail, up-close and on location in and around Cambridge, England. The lace patterns progress from the first, most basic, edgings to the sophistication of "real" lace. Forty patterns are included--scarves and shawls, capes, and fichus--with comprehensive information on the tools and techniques of lace knitting for beginners and enough challenges to keep experienced or ambitious knitters engaged. Delicate and decorative, historical lace patterns are within the reach of today's knitters in this book of adventurous ideas with a vintage touch. 
Publisher: Sioux Falls, S.D. : XRX Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781933064079
1933064072
Branch Call Number: 746.226043
746.2/26043 22
Characteristics: xiii, 2-196 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Xenakis, Alexis

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lovemybranch
Aug 05, 2015

If you don't knit, cozy up to your lace-knitting friends and hint about a present that will cover several birthdays. Offering to buy cashmere yarn for the project will greatly increase your chances!

If you do knit, there are breathtakingly beautiful patterns in this book but BEWARE OF YARDAGE UNDERESTIMATES. I learned the hard way on the Lace Capelet and had to beg for another skein on Ravelry, even though it called for 1100 yds and I had 1400 yds. I saw too late that other Ravelers gave the same warning. The finished product was marvelous.

It has projects for lace beginners through lace experts. There are good lace charts and diagrams for the order of knitting different sections of a project. It also has good general information on knitting lace.

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