The Latest Lacemaking & Tatting Books

October 22nd, 2016

bl306_tmbAs usual at this time of the year (it’s nearly Christmas after all!), we summarise some of the publications that have appeared recently :

Those lacemakers who enjoy working with Binche bobbin lace techniques have been particularly well served this year. First in that category is the excellent Brugse Binche by Lieve Pollet, a folder of 12 beautiful projects for edgings and medallions. Kumiko Nakazaki has a strong following and her latest pattern folder, Christmas with Kumiko is particularly timely as it has 22 Christmas-themed patterns, mostly Binche but some using Point de Paris, Flanders lace and Bruges flower lace techniques. If you are looking for a longer-term project, Vivaldi, produced by a Binche masterclass workshop at the Kantcentrum lace centre, featuring a beautiful four seasons view, may well meet your needs. And this rush of Binche patterns is also joined by Bobijntje! 6, a collection of 25 patterns by Fumie Kanai, mostly medallions and all very attractive.

The renewal of interest in Idrija lace has been nothing short of spectacular over the last few years and its many fans will welcome the latest of that genre – Idrija Narrow Tape Lace & Double Stitch.

Chrysanthemum is another very popular lace so its followers will certainly welcome Neue Entwürfe in Chrysanthe-Technik by Hildegard Glös & Martina Wolter-Kampmann. This one is hot off the press and just in time for Christmas.

bl302_tmbEmilie Kruger, Ulrike Voelcker’s latest book, is based on floral patterns drawn by Emilie, a 14-year-old schoolgirl in about 1889. 122 years later, her granddaughter gave them to Ulrike Voelcker as a source of inspiration. There are 23 advanced floral bobbin lace projects in a variety of techniques fully supported by sumptuous illustrations of the finished lace and the drawings which inspired it. Well worth considering.

Continuing its tradition of publishing a set of mixed bobbin lace patterns to coincide with the OIDFA congress, two folders have appeared this year. Ljubljana Kantspecial Basic has several Torchon mats, another in Russian tape lace as well as other projects in various laces. Ljubljana Kantspecial Expert has a collection of more demanding patterns in a variety of Continental techniques.

Milanese lacemakers should take a look at Paisley im Farbenverlauf, a pattern for making an attractive Paisley shape with colour shading and inrolled edges.

Those interested in design and the history of lace will be interested in Spitzen der Wiener Werkstatte – Dagobert Peche. This is the story of the lace at the Wiener Werkstätte and especially about Dagobert Peche, one of its best-known artists and includes 16 patterns by him.

Sorry, not a lot new for the tatter recently – although 3D Flower Tatting by Terachi Yuuko is proving very popular and Flower Motif – Tatting Lace by Youko Hatakeyama contains some attractive jewellery and clothing projects

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