Lace Identification

A Practical Guide
Gillian Dye & Jean Leader


What is that lace? How old is it? Has it been made by hand or machine? What would it have been used for? These are the types of questions that this practical guide sets out to answer. Lavishly illustrated, it shows you how to identify the sort of lace that you might find hiding away in drawers and cupboards or buy at a vintage textile fair. It deals predominantly with the hand-made and machine laces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Topics covered include:

  • An introductory survey of the different types of lace, their history and construction
  • Guidelines for a systematic approach to lace identification and advice on cleaning and storage
  • Chapters on the different types of lace: bobbin lace, needle lace, craft laces such as crochet and tatting, machine lace and lace based on tapes and nets

There are also exercises on distinguishing similar pieces of lace made using different techniques and there are illustrations of how lace has been used and of some of the tools used in the making.

Lace Identification is a complete guide to the beauty of this stitch craft, and will richly reward all those who study the treasures they may own.


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    260 x 215mm
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