Lace Villages by Liz Bartlett

Lace Villages by Liz Bartlett soon to be presented for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: B. T. Batsford, 1991, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Signed by the author, with a short dedication, on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: The tens of thousands of bobbin lacemakers who have revived and developed this craft in modern times know well that many of the patterns and techniques they use are rooted in local traditions: the counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire are particularly important to lacemakers, and Liz Bartlett here tells the fascinating story of the lace villages in this area, from the earliest beginnings of the craft.

The text describes the various types of lace traditionally made in these areas, and explains how changes in the quality of available materials and, more importantly, the Industrial Revolution, affected lacemaking methods.

The author then moves on to a history of individual villages and their own Lace Industries. Descriptions are given of lace schools, lace businesses and the people of the village who worked within the lace trade, including the children at the lace schools, lace dealers and itinerant traders.

Practical tips are given on how to protect and use old vellum prickings, and a selection of antique prickings is provided for the reader to try.

Some 100 black-and-white photographs, the majority of which have never been published before, provide a pictorial history to accompany the text.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7¾.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I enchant you with top-drawer choices of my Crafts Needlework catalogue?


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