Needlelace — Designs and Techniques Classic and Contemporary by Catherine Barley

Published by B. T. Batsford, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed. Signed copy!

Condition: Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy with a bookplate to the first blank. A nice copy of an uncommon title.

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Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with black and white photographs & patterns. From the cover: This progressive instruction course covers both classic and contemporary needlelace and is backed by easy-to-follow diagrams and photographs, including many close-ups of the lace being worked. Catherine Barleys experience as a lace instructor has shown her that isolated examples are often of little use in the absence of other help and guidance. The book therefore goes through every stage of each project, leaving the reader without fear of being abandoned at a crucial point.

The core of the book covers the main forms of classic needlelace, notably Venetian Gros Point, Hollie Point and Point de Gaze. The lacemaker should then be able to design and work his or her own patterns from the selection of component samples given here.

The author shows how the knowledge gained thus far can be used in practice, the classic techniques being incorporated into a range of bridal accessories and other contemporary projects. Finally there is a selection of patterns to be worked unaided. The result is an invaluable reference book, which is also a useful source of inspiration for the lacemaker.

Needlelace is a fast-growing part of the lace world: this book will appeal to all those enthusiasts (including embroiderers) who wish to achieve real pleasure and fulfilment from their skill.

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