The Art of Bobbin Lace: A Practical Textbook in Bobbin Lace-Making

The Art of Bobbin Lace: A Practical Textbook in Bobbin Lace-Making
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Originally published in the early 20th century, The Art of Bobbin Lace, together with Supplement to The Art of Bobbin Lace, is arguably the most classic & practical textbook of workmanship in antique and modern Bobbin Laces.

Book Excerpt:

On the charm of Lace it is scarcely necessary to dwell; it is prized by every woman and is the only ornament that is always suitable and becoming from infancy to old age, whilst in its unobtrusive elegance it lends a beauty and dignity to the wearer which raiser her at once above the ordinary level...

Every girl, rich or poor, should be taught Bobbin Lace; it is most fascinating work, the movement of the bobbins being so different to anything else, and it is neither tedious nor trying to the eyes...

To the nervous delicate woman, the making of Bobbin Lace is a restful, soothing occupation, and in these days of stress and strain, it would prove a complete boon if every woman gave a few hours' relaxation daily to this beautiful art... and others requiring a light, interesting occupation, that can be followed with very little outlay and expense...

Now if Bobbin Lace is taught scientifically, any girl or woman of ordinary intelligence can with a few hours' practice daily acquire the art in a very short time, and it may be an encouragement to mention that in my own personal experience as a teacher, which is a large and varied one, including students in many grades of life and ages varying from ten to sixty years, I have never known a pupil leave off through discouragement or inability...

Everything reproduced is thoroughly practical and correct in each working detail, and though this volume cannot pretend to be exhaustive, the student, after studying this little book and carefully following the direction given, will have no difficulty in reproducing these specimens, step by step as given, and after she has accomplished this will then find she has a very comprehensive knowledge of some of the most beautiful forms of Bobbin Lace.

Contents Covered:

  • Introductory Remarks
  • Important Advice on Lace-Making
  • Preparing the Bobbins
  • Directions for Making Italian Bobbin Lace
  • Directions for Making Dentelle de Bruges Doyley
  • Directions for Making Dentelle de Bruges Collar
  • Directions for Making Dentelle de Bruges Applique Lace
  • Directions for Making Dentelle de Bruges Motifs
  • Directions for Making Guipure de Flandre Vest
  • Directions for Making Guipure de Flandre Yoke
  • Directions for Making Guipure de Flandre Bolero
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Reseau"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Honeycomb"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Festoon"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Spider Web"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Lead"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Diamond"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Double Reseau"
  • Directions for Making Ornamental Stitches, "Rose"
  • Directions for Making Honiton "Rose" Collar
  • Directions for Making Honiton Applique
  • Directions for Making Honiton "Foxglove Border"
  • Directions for Making Honiton "Raised" Antique Scarf
  • Directions for Making Honiton Antique Scarf
  • Directions for Making Duchesse Lace Border ("Baskets of Flowers and Ribbon")
  • Directions for Making Brussels Collar, "Lilac"
  • Directions for Making Brussels Handkerchief ("Peacock Feather")
  • Directions for Making Brussels Applique Bertha ("Buttercups and Daisies")
  • How to Repair Bobbin Lace
  • How to Clean Valuable Lace
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 104
Page Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)
Download Size: 6.7 MB
Product Code THEV2ZS921
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