Victorian Lace Today

Victorian Lace Today

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Jane Sowerby

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  • Publisher: XRX Books,US
  • Format: Paperback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 251mm x 274mm x 18mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: South Dakota
  • ISBN 10: 1933064102
  • ISBN 13: 9781933064109
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 14,437

Product description

Within this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often inaccurate instructions into richly coloured, 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.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.

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Author information

Jane Sowerby - v iolist, teacher, spinner, and dyer - began researching Victorian lace knitting over a decade ago. She lives and knits near Cambridge, England.

Customer reviews

By Frances Feek 17 Nov 2010 5

If you have a love of lace , knitting or history this book is for you. In it's pages are beautiful historically accurate patterns the original books they came from are reviewed and also the shawls are photographed in historical settings.
The lay out is easy to understand and all patterns are graphed.

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If you don't already have this book, I don't know why. Victorian patterns updated for today's knitter with currrent yarns. I think you will find many of the forty patterns to your taste. I know I did. The wonderful thing about knitting lace is that although it is time-consuming, it is cost effective. This is the most beautiful array of shawls, capes and fichus I have seen in one book. The photography is stunning, the pattern styles are varied - this is one knitting book you should possess. Instructions are clear and the information given on the original patterns and the pattern makers is interesting. Very highly This title is a must-have for knitters looking for an excellent introduction to lace knitting. It features truly beautiful and detailed photography of 40 lace knitting patterns. A real inspiration, the designs are revised from original Victorian patterns - with mistakes corrected! - and seeing the way they are presented for modern tastes and in today's delicious yarns make us want to knit them all. Each is well graded by complexity level too so you can easily gauge your project's involvement. Choose from scarves, rectangular and triangular shawls, stoles and capes. The reference section is incredibly useful too. It is a bounty of tips and tricks, and includes clear illustrative diagrams on working knitted-on borders, information on how to plan, design and calculate your own lacework project, how to read charts successfully and also handy yarn classifications and substitution ideas. The historic background notes provide a fascinating extra level of detail, and in addition Jane's revealing final pages guide us through her Victorian adventure - how she went about discovering the marvels of Victorian lace knitting and producing this delightful book.-The Knitter