For some reason I thought I had posted about the new book I'm using for my metal thread bobbin lace, only looking through my posts I guess I didn't. The new book is called "Gold & Silver Edgings : Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Lace Book", by Gilian Dye. One of the IKINS students brought several copies for us to buy. The store she got them from was http://www.provolace.com/
. Amazon.com hasn't been much help, and there are other stores to buy it from, mostly in the UK like here
where you can see the cover photo and a sample piece of lace.
I love the little book. She covers some of the history, gives basics on the threads and bobbins and how to work them, including the needed differences when working metal threads, and she admits that her earlier book on Elizabethan bobbin lace (which was mentioned in a previous post
) was from the perspective of a modern bobbin lace maker, not with the mindset of the Elizabethan bobbin lace maker. I see this as a nice step forward. She also gives kudos to the Rosemary Shepherd, the author of "An Early Lace Workbook" for providing her with greater insight into period laces. You can buy that book here
from Ms Shepherd directly, which I plan on doing when I can afford to.
By the way, this is the first book in Gilian Dye's series on 16th & 17th century laces. I got a sneak peek at the laces in the next book, and it looks beautiful. Those were various laces in linen threads. No idea what will come after that, but these are books I look forward to buying.
As to the book I used to relearn bobbin lace, that was "Bobbin Lace Manual" by Geraldine Stott
. I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it for beginners since its visuals are a bit lacking for a newcomer, at least with regards to twist & cross. It did get me a little confused at the beginning, but otherwise is pretty good to follow in a logical progression from simple to more complicated patterns. If you are a person who learns from words, already know the basics, or just want some nice patterns it is worth having.http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/index.htm
I found this online source to be a better primer for very beginners, especially if you need some visual help with twist and cross and other steps. I use it with the books I have to help me out.
And so far, those are the books I'm using, or want to buy. There are more period patterns in the V&A book on 17th century women's clothing, but that's extra. Someday I'll get up to working those, especially as Gillian Dye's book discusses at least one of them in her book, I think.