Lacemakers and Collectors Exchange Lacemakersofillinois.org
May 20, 2023
Beginner Lace Class following a short meeting starting at 10 a.m..
L.A.C.E. welcomes beginning lacemakers to our Guild.
This is our lessons and information page for Beginning Lacemakers.
If you have questions for us, please contact the Webmaster.
We will begin with a Beginners Booklist. These titles
have been recommended by our members. While many of you may prefer to own
your own books, the quild does have a library. The librarian is Nancy Jones and her list of titles and direction to use the library can be
found on the Members page on this website. I will say that while we have a terrific collection, you must be a paying member in good
standing to use the library.
However, you might wish to purchase your own titles.
In many cases the book you wish to buy may be out of print. If you
cannot buy from the original pubisher, or first issue, your book may be in the hands of used book dealers and often the prices
differ amoung them.
Do not settle for the first price you find!!! OP is the marking for a book that is Out of Print.
|Cook, Bridget M.
|The Torchon Lace Workbook
|1987, 1989, 2021
|Excellent written description of the basic stitches. Excellent reference book for bobbin lace techniques.
|Dye, Gilian, Thunder, Adrienne
|Beginners Guide to Bobbin Lace
|Good introduction to the basics using thicker thread
|Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking
|Start at the
beginning and work to the end. I always told people I taught that it
could keep you busy for years to come!
Ms. Southard teaches the "Open Method" of making lace which is quite the opposite of the Closed Method most of us use. See the Member page for a paper written on this topic.
|The Torchon Lace Book
|Excellent beginner book. Great working diagrams with labeled pin numbers to help you work the pattern. Lots of variety to the patterns. Good written explanations plus separate DVDs available for purchase.
|The Bobbin Lace Manual
|Good basic instruction and organized notes on techniques of corners in the latter part of the manual. A tape lace butterfly. Also some diagrams in color.
|Torchon Lacemaking: a step by step guide
|Uses color to help follow the paths of the threads; covers many details not always covered, e.g. footside and headside variations, different types of fans, turning corners and starting and ending a square, rectangular, or triangular piece; includes the order of working out different sections of a design. Very attractive patterns in COLOR , which makes understanding thread paths easy.
|Reference Books for Beginners up to very Advanced.
|Cook, Bridget M, & Geraldine Stott.
|Book of Bobbin Lace Stitches.
|1980, 1982, 1984, PB 2002.
|Each page devoted to one of the many complex stitches and illustrates the completed stitch along with an enlargement. Great for lace designers, but also great to learn stitches as the drawing are quite easy to follow.
|Cook, Bridget M.
|Practical Skills in Bobbin Lace
|Regardless of the type lace, skills are included with hand-drawn illustrations. Chapters divided by type of movement, not type of lace.
|Bobbin Lace Stitches and Techniques: a reference book of the basics
|Has diagrams and descriptions of common bobbin lace stitches, grounds, headsides, footsides, and other techniques.
|Threads for Lace, Edition 7
|Survey and comparison of 1,425 lacemaking and other threads. Invaluable. Includes thread construction, fibers, and correct selection of thread size for your project. Listings by size, company, and Twists.
|Cassell Illustrated Dictionary of Lacemaking
|Alphabetical listing of lacemaking terminology with excellent diagrams and illustrations. Appendix has markings on prickings explained.