Not To Be Ignored

July 30th, 2013

Whatever your everyday language, you will miss a lot of the lace world if you don’t take a look at books in other languages.  Lacemaking, of course, has its following – and its local experts – in many countries of the world.  Naturally, those experts often publish in their own language. While it may be not a language you are instantly comfortable with, we would encourage you to take a look anyway. Even if the text is difficult, you will often find that, after a little while,  the patterns often explain themselves.

For many of you,  English will be your main – and often only – language.  Here at Roseground, however, we source books from all over the world with the main consideration being content rather than language.   Take a look at some recent examples  –

Bijoux en Dentelle aux Fuseaux – includes strikingly modern jewellery projects in relatively simple bobbin lace techniques.  Another is  Petits Cadeaux en Dentelle which  is full of ideas for gifts in bobbin lace  in a variety of techniques – Torchon, Cluny, Russian Tape lace,  Milanese and Point Ground. And, anyone who overlooks La Dentelle Torchon Nouvelles Creations will miss out on a collection of 20 spectacular and immaculately presented Torchon patterns. While, in each of these, the text is in French, the  many photographs, clear prickings and diagrams should make them easy to follow by most lacemakers.

Kunterbunte Klöppel-Ostereier – 10 eye-catching designs for Easter egg-shaped mobiles.  Here, the text is in German but, again, the patterns are easy to follow by everyone, however little you know the language. And, while many of the books by popular designer Brigitte Bellon have text in several languages, including English, those in German only – such as Geklöppelte Frühlingsmotive – are far too good to put off those without knowledge of that language.

Many tatters have learned not to ignore the steady stream of impeccably presented books in Japanese, many of them in the ‘Tatting Lace’ series, the latest being from Tomoko Morimoto (there you will find links to others in the series).  Most find it easy – and very beneficial – to follow the clear diagrams while enjoying the excellent illustrations.

Perhaps, more of a challenge but, because of the scope of its content, is Edwige Renaudin’s La Frivolite aux Navettes, should be considered by all tatters,  This is the first part, covering the fundamentals, of what is expected to be a comprehensive textbook on shuttle tatting techniques.  The text is entirely in French but the large number of photographs – over 1000 – should make it useful to everyone, whatever their language.

So please take a look at what the wider lace world has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!



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