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We have some real treasures in stock and are offering special prices this fall/winter season! For Volume 27:1-4 (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), we are sending the editions to new homes for the price of mailing only! We know you will enjoy a variety of lace related articles. Check our Editions section for the contents.

The bundles of four are $5 CAD; $5 US Funds or $15 CAD equiv. for International orders, while supplies last! If you have Vol. 27 editions already, inquire about earlier editions, in limited supply: Some editions in Vol. 15 to Vol. 26 are available on request. Send a list of any editions you wish to include in order to have four in one package!

Swap ‘n Shop! We have space to offer to those who have some lace related items to sell. It’s also available to people hoping to find a lace related item that is on their wish list.

Visit here often to see what’s new! We have more items for Summer, including more books, Gazette editions and bobbin sets listed.

The Gazette has a number of items which can be purchased directly from the office. Shipping from the Post Office is at cost.

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After your items are posted, and you are connected with a buyer/seller from the Gazette office, personal transactions will no longer involve the editor, who is busy working on the next edition. She will list (or remove) items, and has been known to purchase on occasion.

Shop! Gazette editions are available in sets for our summer special. Scroll down further to check out the long list of Books for Sale, offered at non inflated prices. We add new titles often. Books on bobbin lace, needle lace, tatting, crochet, knitting, plus other subjects are often available for those who wish to combine lace with other techniques and create their own unique project.

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Add requests to our growing Wish List! Some items are difficult to find, but it’s exciting when another lacemaker has an item you are searching for. Offer to “swap” if you want to offer a special resource.

Below are the front cover images of recent Canadian Lacemaker Gazette Editions, all offered at sale price. A list of details for each one can be found in the Editions section on this website. Sets of four are $20 CAD; $22 US; $35 CAD equivalent for countries Overseas. Summer Special: (Includes shipping for one set of four editions).

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For Sale: From a gentleman who has retired from woodworking! The bobbin rests on a felt insert which protects the bobbin as it turns. Thread winders are $65 each, plus shipping. Cherry or Oak, two styles. Limited stock is available. Contact: Ewa Kurnicka, Needlepoint Place. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.   Email: np.place@ live.com  Add the email to your address list.

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100 Traditional100 Traditional Bobbin Lace Patterns by Geraldine Stott & Bridget Cook. 1997. Soft cover, 119 pages, plus additional pages for info on grids, suppliers, and index. Colour diagrams with thread paths. International colour coding page is written in English, Dutch, French, and German. Follows are the 100 patterns from simple to more complex. The patterns all have titles, such as Little Hearts, Maids in a Row, etc. Starting points and the number of bobbin pairs are indicated. A good knowledge of point ground lace will be an asset. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

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75 Quick & Easy Bobbin Lace Patterns by Veronica Sorenson. 2002. This is a hard cover book with 144 pages. The chapters include Small Motifs, Christmas Lace, Animal Kingdom, Mat Edgings, Lace for Weddings, Picture Frames, Earrings, Handkerchiefs, Flight of Fancy, All-Lace Mats. The book contains simple patterns in Torchon, Beds, Honiton, Schneeberg, Bruges, and Russian tape lace. Four Languages: English, German, Dutch and French. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

61baAOsqqlL._AC_UL320_ alphabet SWAlphabet Inspirations in Coloured Bobbin Lace. Sandi Woods. 2004. Hard cover, 144 pages, colour. This well-known author’s book has three sections. 1. Alphabet A-Z has two patterns for each letter: basic bobbin lace and Milanese braids. Section 2 has several detailed patterns, including florals, with clear instructions. Section 3 has a list of forty-five illustrated techniques. A list for further reading and an index completes the book. Price: CAD $30 and shipping.

IMG_1983 Anna 7Anna: Creative Needlework and Crafts. Edition 7 July 2002. Soft cover magazine, 48 pages, colour, English text. For lacemakers, of interest will be a Crochet patchwork design; a Bobbin lace square edging; a Floral basket with Pansies in bobbin lace, framed. Anna Course: Bobbin lace child’s collar with butterflies and flowers, patterns are included on separate newsprint pages. Other designs are wearable crochet or knitting patterns. Price: $5 CAD and shipping.

IMG_1982 Anna 93Anna: Creative Needlework and Crafts. Edition 12 December 2002. Soft cover magazine, 56 pages, colour, English text. For lacemakers, of interest will be “A joy to behold” bobbin lace gift tags (heart, tree, and bell) and three-dimensional ornaments in bobbin lace (a silver star, 2 gold stars, and a fir tree); crochet lace “Joie de vivre”, (a star design; crochet lace Candle ring or napkin ring with beads); crochet “Golden times for laces” for 3 glass balls. Anna Course: Christmas ornaments to crochet, for glass balls (17) or long cones (4). Other designs are wearable crochet or knitting patterns. Price: $5 CAD and shipping.

IMG_1981 Summer 04Anna: Creative Needlework and Crafts. Edition 7 July 2004. Soft cover magazine, 56 pages, colour, English text. For lacemakers, of interest will be “Nice and Breezy” (Filet crochet lace); “A Heavenly Ensemble” (moon, sun in bobbin lace); “A Dream of a Lace” round doily table mat. Anna Course: Bobbin lace with instructions and patterns for the bobbin lace designs listed plus one other table mat centerpiece. Patterns are included on separate newsprint pages. Other designs are wearable crochet or knitting patterns. Price: $5 CAD and shipping.

MountmellickBeginner’s Guide to Mountmellick Embroidery. Pat Trott. 2012. Needle based techniques could be combined with bobbin lace for a special project. The introduction to the technique follows with general information including materials, fabric, threads, needles, frames. Next is a list of thirteen stitches used in Mountmellick designs. Step by step instructions are followed by a number of patterns, 64 pages, colour. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

IMG_1984 HardangerBeginner Hardanger “Peace of Mind” by Carolyn Mitchell, 1996. Coil bound, 36 pages. A photo of the finished project is on the cover. The author gives a history of Hardanger, followed by a section on developing good habits. Next is information on threads, needles, and fabric, suitable for Hardanger. The booklet gives step-by-step instructions for starting the project, with illustrations including thread paths for kloster blocks, eyelets, cutting, dove’s eye, square fillet, cable stitch, ship designs, and the fringe edge. Washing and finishing completes the instructions. This is a good reference for techniques used in basic Hardanger designs. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

Scan Binche LaceBinche Lace by Michael Giusiana and Linda Dunn, 1989. Hard cover, first edition, 96 pages. The book begins with a short study of Belgian lace: Flanders, Point de Paris and Valenciennes. Photos of actual lace, basic structure and sample patterns are included for all three types of lace. Binche lace follows with samples of grounds, and large diagrams showing the thread paths, to assist the newcomer to this lace. A variety of snowflakes used in grounds and fillings are well covered. Bookmarks and several more complex patterns complete the book, including the one on the cover.  Price $30 CAD and shipping.


Scan Bobbin Lace Making NottinghamBobbin Lace Making. Pamela Nottingham. 1989. Soft cover, 96 pages. The author covers Equipment and Materials, Preparation, Basic Stitches, Tape Lace, Adaptation and Use of Tape Lace, Torchon Lace, Plaited Laces, Braids and Trimmings, Mounting Lace, Twenty Patterns for Pleasure. Torchon and Bedfordshire lace are the main types of lace covered. A variety of interesting patterns are included, some are well suited to beginners: edgings, bookmarks and motifs, including a swan. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Scan Bobbin Lacemaking Southard RedBobbin Lacemaking by Doris Southard. 1983, soft cover, 216 pages. The author uses the method of twist/cross which is very good for those using a bolster where the passive threads hang parallel. With experience, cross/twist can be used on any pattern. Opening chapters are “History of Bobbin Lace” and “Getting Started: The Pillow; Bobbins, Old and New”. The 12 lesson chapters titles are: Braids; Edgings; Sewing edge; Fans; Spiders; Rose ground; Turning a corner; Begin without directions; Laces with Gimp; Squares, Petals, and Picots; Laces made on a Flat Pillow; Other kinds of Laces. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Scan CLG Volume 8 1994 Pattern SupplementCanadian Lacemaker Gazette Volume 8, 1994 Pattern Supplement. 24 pages, black and white. Using lace samples from an old lace dealer’s pattern book, members of the Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers participated in a pattern drafting exercise. For comparison, edgings and insertions have photos of the original lace samples plus the new or revised patterns. Working diagrams, bobbin placement, number of pairs, and photos of the reworked lace are included. 21 patterns, mostly Torchon, narrow and wide, some have gimps, one Bedfordshire pattern. Insertions could be revised for bookmarks. A lovely collection. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.


Crafting the Mosaic: Celebrating 75 Years of Craft in Manitoba. 2007. Hard cover, 102 pages, colour. The theme for the introduction is “Craft: Inextricable Connections”. The book contains photos of a variety of artwork, collected over time. Many finished pieces are normally in storage. Examples are from local sources and from other countries. Here is an art gallery in book form! Lace items are included. Samples are from the following: Ayrshire, embroidery, loom weaving, beadwork, pottery and ceramics, baskets, quilting, soap carving, quillwork, batik, knitting, macramé, tatting, Irish crochet, a Battenburg collar, handkerchief with Heart of Denmark lace edging, Hardanger, drawn thread, a needlelace collar, hooked rugs, woodwork, glass making, filet, reticella, finger weaving, doll making.  A lovely gift art/ craft history book. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Drafting Bobbin Lace PatternsDrafting Torchon Lace Patterns by Alexandra Stillwell. 1992. Soft cover, 144 pages. The author gives lacemakers the tools needed to begin drafting patterns in Torchon lace. Using graph paper, the book explores fan variations including Spanish or Fir Tree as well as Scallop and French fans. The author also explores borders and motifs as well as corners. Repeating motifs is explained. Other shapes such as circles, ovals, squares and rectangles. This book will assist those who wish to try designing lace. Price: 25 CAD and shipping.

Huck Adventures

Huck Adventures. Michiko Kuge. Lacis. Translation from Japanese, 2001. Soft cover, 86 pages, color. For those who love working with a needle, the book contains 48 projects. Drawstring bags, handbags, shoulder bags, children’s tote bags, a sewing kit, eyeglass cases, clutch purses, pen case, an apron, table runners, pillows, tablecloth, floor cushion, room dividers. Add a bobbin lace or other type of lace edging to a project for a unique effect. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Idrija LaceIdrija Lace by Bridget M Cook and Metka Tratnik (Patterns from the Idrija School of Lace Slovenia) 1999. Soft cover, 106 pages. The introduction gives info about Slovenia and the Idrija School of Lace. The patterns all have titles and over 40 patterns are included. A large section (pages 27-58) uses the international colour codes for large diagrams with thread paths and special instructions for motifs, connections and fillings. This teaching section applies to the other projects in the book. This popular book is recently back in print. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Bedfordshire laceIntroducing Traditional Bedfordshire Lace Patterns in 20 Lessons. Barbara M. Underwood. 1993. Hard cover, 116 pages. The book begins with several pages introducing Bedfordshire Lace. The twenty patterns are next, in order from simple to more complex. Each pattern has several pages of diagrams and text showing how to work the lace. Images are often shown on an enlarged scale. New techniques are introduced as the patterns progress and the instructions are excellent. This book has been used by many teachers and students of this style of lace. Follows is a small selection of additional patterns, a glossary and a list of other lace books. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Intro to Honiton Lace

Introduction to Honiton Lace. Susanne Thompson. 1985. Hard cover, 120 pages, black and white. This book is written for those who are new to Honiton lace. The first chapters are about equipment, preparation, and basic lacemaking stitches. The patterns follow, giving needed details and the patterns progress in difficulty. Starting with a basic flower, other floral designs follow, and include a Trillium motif. The techniques are detailed and easy to follow. Final info is on mounting and designing patterns. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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Lace by Virginia Churchill Bath, 1974. Hard cover, 320 pages. First edition. This large size book begins with history and development of lace techniques. Main chapters cover Netted Lace, Needle Lace, Bobbin Lace and Mixed Lace. The book has many large photos of finished lace, diagrams showing lace structure and a few patterns. A good reference book that promises many hours of reading. Price: $15 CAD and shipping.

Latt image croppedLÄTT Vickat. B. Lundgren. Soft cover booklet, 48 pages. Swedish text. The booklet contains 51 crochet projects: edgings, insertions, round designs, square repeats for small or larger projects, a crown suitable for “dress up”, and four potholders for thicker thread. Price: $5 CAD, or free with another purchase.

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Learn Lacecraft by Audrey Vincente Dean, 1990. Soft cover, 64 pages. The author has divided the information into four main headings: Lace in the Home; Lace and Needlework; Lace and Crafts; and Sewing with Lace. Ideas such as pillows, bolsters, lace baskets, sugared lace, collages, lace flowers, dyed lace, tree trim ornaments, or wearable lace, such as an heirloom baby gown. Combining lace with other crafts is the theme and many wonderful photographs accompany the ideas. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking by Doris Southard. 216 pages, soft cover, 1992. The book continues to be popular with beginning lacemakers as well as collectors. Lessons and patterns are extensive throughout. The author uses the method of twist/cross which is very good for those using a bolster where the passive threads hang parallel. With experience, cross/twist can be used on any pattern. Opening chapters are “History of Bobbin Lace” and “Getting Started: The Pillow; Bobbins, Old and New”. There are 12 lesson chapters covering Braids, Edgings, Sewing edge, Fans, Spiders, Rose ground, Turning a corner, Begin without directions, Laces with Gimp, Squares Petals and Picots, Laces made on a Flat Pillow, Other kinds of Laces. (Crease in top right corner). Price: $15 CAD and shipping.

Markbok imageMärkbok by Elsie Svennas. 1966. Soft cover, coil bound booklet, 69 pages. Swedish text. This is a book of alphabets, plus other small designs are found from pages 56 to 69. Designs are suitable for lace projects combined with embroidery. Price: $5 CAD and shipping, or free with another purchase.

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Needlelace: Designs and Techniques Classic and Contemporary. Catherine Barley. 1995. Soft cover, 176 pages, colour. Part 1: Traditional Techniques includes Gros Point de Venise, Hollie Point, Point de Gaze, Scrolls, and Classic needlelace, with some antique samples. Part 2: Bridal Accessories has a purse with a flower, a coronet and shoe rosettes. Part 3: Contemporary projects, three dimensional strawberries, other flowers, a butterfly, a gardenia and a lovely swan with raised wings. The projects can be framed. Part 4 has a selection of patterns. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

NeedleLace&NeedleWeavingNeedle Lace & Needleweaving: A new Look at Traditional Stitches. Jill Nordfors. 1974. Hard cover, 160 pages, some colour photos. The book begins with general information on materials such as needles, threads and fabrics, and includes attaching found objects. Information follows on stitches: looped, edging, insertion, filling, interlacing, and different types of bar type stitches. Finishing instructions include pressing and blocking. Framing suggestions are included. This book is very well illustrated and is an excellent reference manual. Signed by the author. Price: $15 CAD and shipping.

Needle Lace Tech & InspirationNeedle Lace Techniques & Inspiration. Jill Nordfors Clark. 1999. Hard cover, 144 pages. Colour photos. The book has four main sections: Getting Ready, Getting Started, Using the Stitches, Stretching the Boundaries. This is a book of inspiration for those who love exploring needle based design and creating their own projects. Appendices include a glossary, suppliers, resources, conversion tables, contributing artists, and a lengthy illustrated stitch index. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Needle Made LacesNeedle-Made Laces and Net Embroideries: Reticella Work, Carrickmacross lace, Princess Lace and Other Traditional Techniques. Doris Campbell Preston, 1984. Soft cover booklet, 160 pages. Chapters on various topics include Needle-run lace, Tambour Limerick, Carrickmacross, Irish crochet, Reticella, Princess lace, modern Needlepoint laces, Filet lace, Tatting, and Net darning. Basic methods are illustrated for each style and photos of finished examples are found throughout the book.  Care of Lace, a Glossary of lace terms, and Index completes the book. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

See the source imageNeedlepoint Lace: Designs from the Countryside. Doreen Holmes. 1991. Hard cover, 144 pages, colour. The author has explored countryside themes and offers a number of floral motifs and landscapes. The stitches and techniques are covered in the beginning chapter. Follows is a variety of patterns from simple to more complex. A design library, giving additional ideas, completes the book. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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Needlepoint Lace: Designs from the Town. Doreen Holmes. 1994. Hard cover, 127 pages, colour. This book contains a variety of designs, which could be adapted to create one’s own personal design. The Apothecary’s shop is one example. Others are of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, or the Tower Bridge, shown on the cover. Some of the designs are of medallions, trees, people, and floral designs, which cover many possibilities. The section on stitches gives essential information to beginners of this technique. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Note: Price for both books by Doreen Holmes mailed together $35 CAD and shipping.

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Piecework Special Issue: Lace (January/February 2001). Articles on history of bobbin lace, sixteenth century lace in precious metal threads, a silver and gold wire pendant to make by Lenka Suchanek, Halas lace, a jabot to tat, a Romanian Point lace butterfly, The Sun laces with a Teneriffe lace wheel to make, Mary Card, Australian crochet designs with a tea cosy pattern, and a list of advertisers.  This edition is a treasure for your lace library. $10 CAD and shipping.

Pillow Lace MMPillow Lace A Practical Hand-Book. Elizabeth Mincoff & Margaret S. Marriage. 1981. Hard Copy, 231 pages, black and white. The authors discuss the varieties of pillow lace. Chapters include Russian Lace, Torchon Lace, Maltese and Cluny Lace, Plaited Lace and Saxony Guipure. The book includes pattern sheets inserted inside the back cover for a number of laces found in the book. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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Pillow Lace and Bobbins. Jeffery Hopewell. 1994. 32 pages. This booklet is packed full of photos of different types of lace as well as many pages of bobbins, photos and info on bobbin winders, spangles, bolsters and other pillows, plus lacemakers at work. The author gives info on English lace plus contributions from Belgium and France to lacemaking. Price: $5 CAD and shipping.

Practical SPractical Skills in Bobbin LaceBridget M. Cook. 1987. Soft cover, 208 pages, black and white. The author illustrates bobbin lacemaking with many enlarged close up images showing clear thread paths. She gives a detailed account of the techniques along with photos of the finished lace. Ten sections cover many topics such as adding and removing pairs, sewings, corners and curves, holes, picots, tallies, Venetian cords, raised work, cordonnet, gimps and beads. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

Queen Victoria Wedding Dress SLQueen Victoria’s Wedding Dress and Lace. Kay Staniland and Santina M. Levey. Museum of London, 1983. Soft cover booklet, 32 pages, black and white images. The authors have researched the history of Queen Victoria’s wedding dress and have included a number of close up photos showing the details of the lace. The book includes interesting stories of the royal family in the Victorian era and is a history of the Honiton lace industry and its revival. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

RedouteRedouté’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. Trish Burr. 2002. Soft cover, 95 pages, colour. This is an exquisite book of flowers. A stitch glossary has instructions for each stitch needed for the projects. Needle based projects could be combined with bobbin lace or other lace to make a special heirloom. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Russian Lace PatternsRussian Lace Patterns by Anna Korableva & Bridget M. Cook. 1996. Hard cover, 144 pages. The preface and technical assistance are written in English, Dutch, French and German. Follow are the sixty-six patterns, pages 14 to 137. This book is a collection of many Russian tape lace patterns. Each requires five or possibly six pairs to work the patterns. The patterns have names such as Songbird, The Rocking Horse and Matryoshka (famous nesting dolls). Patterns include photos of the finished lace, the prickings, and some have diagrams of motifs show thread paths. Picots and leaf tallies are common elements. Some prior knowledge of tape lace will be helpful. The designs vary from bookmarks, shown on the front cover, collars and many other designs suitable for framing. The book is listed as out of print, rare. Collector’s Price: $100 CAD and shipping. This book has been reprinted and is available in hard cover or soft cover editions.

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Schwalm Whitework: The Exquisite Regional Embroidery of Germany by Renate Fernau. 2000. Lacis Publications, soft cover, English text. Needlelace techniques, with 72 pages of lovely designs, instruction on a variety of stitches, clear stitch diagrams, colour photos of finished projects. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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Seasonal Samplings in Hardanger Embroidery. Carolyn Mitchell. 1996. Soft cover, 32 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ The author is a well known instructor in Hardanger technique and the projects cover a range of skill levels. Clear guidelines are given, along with charts and photos to illustrate the steps from beginning to finished project. The front cover shows decorative cones in two sizes, padded ornaments and buttonholed ornaments. Finishing instructions are given, including tassels. Beads are added in a number of projects. Knowledge of Hardanger filling stitches will be helpful. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

Doily imageSpecial Doilies for Special Times. South Maid. 2001. Soft cover booklet, 21 pages, helpful hints, conversion charts for crochet hooks. Skill levels: Beginner or intermediate. Five lovely patterns including 2 pineapple designs. Woodland Lace is shown on the cover. Finished designs are shown in colour. Detailed instructions. Price: $5 CAD and shipping, or free with another purchase.


Special Effects

Special Effects in Bobbin Lace: Over 20 Patterns Using Colour in Bobbin Lace. Sandi Woods. 1998. Hard cover, 126 pages, colour. Chapter headings are ‘Getting Started with Colour, Painting with Threads, and Explaining Ideas’.  The well-known author explores several of her original patterns using Milanese lace techniques with a variety of coloured threads. Patterns vary in size and difficulty. A list of suppliers, further reading and an index completes the book. Inspiration at its best. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Lace for 10 PairsSpitzen Fur Zehn Paare/Dentelles Pour Dix Paires/Lace for Ten Pairs by Claire Burkhard, 2000. Hard cover, 72 pages. The book contains 37 patterns which use ten pairs of bobbins or less. Colour photos show the finished projects. The number of pairs and suggested threads are indicated. Projects include a variety of edgings, table mats, motifs and wearable lace designs. The patterns are quick to make. Instructions are in three languages. A list of suppliers for lace books and equipment in a number of countries completes the book. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Starting Needlepoint LaceStarting Needlepoint Lace: A Course for Beginners. Valerie Grimwood. 2000. Soft cover, 128 pages. Needlelace is becoming quite popular, and enjoyed by those who have had experience with needle and thread! The author begins with information on equipment and introduces a simple motif. A list of a variety of stitches and some project details are included. Clear diagrams show thread paths and a sampler flower shows possible design elements within a cordonnet outline. A photo of Point de Gaze lace shows the beauty of needlelace from a previous era. A chapter about designing gives tips on colour and threads. A lovely book. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

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Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman. 1995. Soft cover, 32 pages. The author’s Introduction chapter has step-by-step illustrations on the technique, plus notes on picots, reverse work and joining, finishing, blocking and working with beads. Next are suggestions on decorating with Snowflakes plus abbreviations used in the instructions. Following are forty patterns for a variety of tatted snowflakes of different sizes. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

Art of LacemakingThe Art of Lacemaking by Ann Collier. 1989. Hard cover, 96 pages. The book contains many beautiful photos, illustrations, and interesting text, celebrating the variety of lace in its many forms. It is divided into six chapters: Lace from Woven Fabric (eg. Ayrshire, Broderie Anglaise), Lace from Evenweave Fabric (eg. Reticella, Sol or Ruedas); Needle Lace (eg. Teneriffe, Point de Gaze, Branscombe); Bobbin Lace; Embroidered Lace (eg. Limerick, Carrickmacross, Filet) and Crocheted lace (Irish motifs). Patterns are included for each chapter and represent some of the different styles of lace. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Beds Family of LacesThe Bedfordshire Family of Laces by Jennifer Fisher. 1991. Hard cover, 144 pages. This book covers all the main components of Bedfordshire with twelve chapters dedicated to different subject. Example: An old English Bedfordshire pattern called Lizzie covers raised tallies and has a corner which could be a lovely collar when completed. Patterns are well illustrated with thread paths and instruction on new elements introduced throughout. Some colour photos show the beauty of this lace. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Bobbin Lace ManualThe Bobbin Lace Manual by Geraldine Stott, 1995. Soft cover, 126 pages. The author has laid out 27 lessons in order of difficulty, beginning with a sampler and ending with the butterfly on the cover. Each lesson introduces at least one new skill. Lacemakers are encouraged to experiment and try to add a personal touch to their lace. The patterns are colour coded. Thread paths are clearly indicated. Finishing instructions are included. This is a very good reference for new lacemakers. Price: $25 CAD and shipping.

Book of BL StitchesThe Book of Bobbin Lace Stitches. New Revised Edition by Bridget M. Cook & Geraldine Stott. 2002. Soft cover, 268 pages. This is a reference book for many stitches that make up bobbin lace. The pages are dedicated to one well known stitch, with titles given. The early stitches date back to the seventeenth or eighteenth century and are arranged in order of complexity. Photos of finished lace samples, starting points, bobbin count, and diagrams with step by step instructions. This reference book will be an ideal reference for those wanting to explore lace stitches and design their own lace projects. Price: $30 CAD and shipping.

Hawaiian Quilt

The Hawaiian Quilt The Tradition Continues by Poakalani and John Serrao. 2007. Soft cover, 100 pages, colour. The beginning preface is “The Hawaiian Quilt…and Where it All Began”. The first part of the book is a gallery of beautiful finished quilts of different sizes, includes names of the designers and quilters. The second section has information on “Creating your Masterpiece”. Section three has fifteen patterns for smaller projects: some are 22 inch square designs for pillow tops and others are 45 inch square designs for wall hangings. A two page glossary contains Hawaiian traditional names and general quilting terms. A small project with a lace border would be possible! Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Tech of Bobbin LaceThe Technique of Bobbin Lace: Completely Revised New Edition by Pamela Nottingham. 1995. Soft cover, 188 pages. The book has five chapters: Equipment, preparation and other useful information; Torchon lace with sixteen patterns; Bedfordshire or Cluny lace with twenty six patterns; Bucks Point lace with thirty two patterns. Joining and mounting lace is the final chapter. The book is well illustrated with detailed text, starting points are numbered and bobbin pairs are given. Enlarged diagrams show details. Price: $25 CAD and shipping.

Tech of Bruges Flower LaceThe Technique of Bruges Flower Lace by Veronica Sorenson and J.E.H. Rombach-de Kievid. 2005. Soft cover, 144 pages. This book is a reprint of the earlier hard cover edition. Chapters cover braids, flowers, leaves, joining motifs, fillings, motifs, edgings, crosses collars, cuffs and mats. The final chapter on Gifts includes a parasol, a large fan, a bookmark, a sachet and earrings. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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The Technique of Bucks Point Lace. Pamela Nottingham. 1982. Hard cover, 168 pages, black and white. The author introduces the technique and has chapters on narrow edgings, the use of gimp threads, corners, grounds, drafting patterns from lace, and designing new patterns. The well known patterns have names, such as Duke’s garter or Gretchen, etc. The book concludes with a collection of old patterns and then some grids for those who have interest in exploring design and creating their own patterns. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Honiton LaceThe Technique of Honiton Lace by Elsie Luxton. 1979. Hard cover, 168 pages. The well-known author starts with a history of Honiton lace. Her instructions begin with equipment and preparation for making the lace. Next are chapters on beginner pieces with six patterns, followed by seventeen flat Honiton patterns, twenty raided and rolled work, the sampler, a chapter with twenty six fillings, and a chapter with seven leaves. A final chapter has many pages with notes on techniques such as the weaver’s knot, leadworks, etc. The patterns have photos of the finished lace, numbered starting points and instruction. Price: $25 CAD and shipping.

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The Technique of Torchon Lace. Pamela Notttingham. 1979. Hard cover, 160 pages, black and white. The author has several patterns and instruction to start making Torchon lace. Starting with basics, the next chapters proceed with information on narrow edgings, circular motifs, square and rectangular mats, a variety of stitches, triangles, circular edgings and collars, plaits and picots, with hints on beginning and ending. A number of grids are included at the end of the book. Price: $35 CAD and shipping.

Torchon Lace BookThe Torchon Lace Book by Christine Springett. 1993. Soft cover, 56 pages. For beginners or for review, instructions are detailed and easy to follow. The book gives a list of basics and a number of patterns, including bookmarks, edgings and some circular designs. The starting points, as well as each pin location, are numbered in order. This book is an excellent resource for teaching bobbin lace to new students. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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Thomas Lester, his Lace and the East Midlands Industry 1820 – 1905. Anne Buck. 1981. Hard cover, 108 pages, black and white. The book gives insight into the era and the relationships that were essential to the growth of the lace industry at the time. Of interest are the collection of lace samples and some smaller patterns with dates, circa 1941-1944. The samples are from originals, signed in 1857. Photos of very large Bedfordshire laces throughout. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

Torchon LacemakingTorchon Lacemaking: A Manual of Techniques by Elizabeth Wade. 1999. Soft cover, 176 pages. The author begins with basic equipment including pillows, bobbins and attaching beads. The chapter on making lace is helpful for beginners to understand basic structure and stitches include spiders, grounds, and fans. Simple patterns follow and become more complex. The thread pairs are numbered and detailed instruction is given. Some info is given on designing lace, drafting a pattern from a photo or an actual piece of lace. The book has many lovely designs: Bookmarks, edgings, square and round designs. Price: $20 CAD and shipping.

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SOLD! Ultimate Book of Tatted Doilies by Denise Giles and Kenna Prior. 2002. Soft cover, 18 pages. The design book has 17 tatting designs, a variety from small to large projects: stars, squares, ovals, rounds, a heart, and a fan pattern. Front and back covers show all finished projects in colour. Small center motifs could be used to decorate a Christmas tree or a window ornament. The pattern book begins with two pages of basic tatting instruction and a list of abbreviations. Price: $10 CAD and shipping.

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Additional Resources for Lace Projects

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Click on the link below to see an example of our Thread Inventory page. Print and keep a record of your threads.  This format is ideal for a binder. Save threads by type: one page for cotton, linen, metallics, etc. Take the list along when shopping for new threads. Another option is to use your cell phone to take a photo of the page(s) for a reference of threads you already have in your stash.

♥ CLG Thread Inventory

IMG_8028 Bobbins square image webFound! The Canadian Lacemaker Gazette has a Bobbin Inventory page for those interested in keeping track of their bobbins. See the PDF attached, with thanks to our Gazette Editorial Team in Ottawa, 1999. French and English text.

♥ CLG Bobbin Inventory

IMG_8026-1 Website Project ImageDo you have a few lace projects underway at any given time? Here is a handy page for keeping track of your lace project details. Add a photo of your project so you can see at a glance which bobbins are being used, which pillow, etc. If you are hunting for bobbins you own and they are not in storage, this may help narrow the search!

A Place for Everything…One idea is to insert a sheet protector into a binder to hold all the details: The project record sheet, a photo, the pattern info, the pricking, and thread samples wrapped around a bookmark length of cardstock. Write down thread info next to each of the samples. This makes it easy to find everything needed to make more lace from the same supplies. Consider teaching others once you have mastered a certain pattern!

 ♥ CLG Lace Projects Record (horizontal)                      ♥ CLG Lace Projects Record 2 (vertical)

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New! As lacemakers, we tend to collect books and other resources and add them to our growing library. Below is a handy chart to record your library titles. This is a sample format which can be adapted. Suggestions are to record the type of resource: examples are hard cover books (HC), soft cover items (SC), booklets, folders, duotangs.

Books can be shelved by subject and/or in alphabetical order by title. Some may want to sort their library by using codes according to the type of lace and make a record of the price paid. In any case, it’s up to each individual lacemaker! Have fun with it.

Below is a link to the PDF Library page, as well as an optional list of two letter codes for your personal use. The PDF can be used to create an Excel file for sorting by title, subject, author, etc. This is a handy tool for keeping track of lace resources you already own!

♥ Lace Library Resource File

♥ Lace Resource Library Codes (add new ones)


005Wanted: More Bookmarks A Lace Guild Publication. 32 pages, currently not available from the Lace Guild. Please contact the Gazette office with a price and shipping cost to Canadian address: clgeditor @ gmail.com (add the email to your address list) if you have a copy to offer!

Roller Pillow Gladys LWanted to Buy! My father made roller pillows in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. I have moved three times since he gave me mine and unfortunately have managed to keep the roller, but the pillow base with the drawer in it has gone missing. I would dearly love to replace it. If anyone has a roller pillow which was purchased from Syd Rose, I would love to purchase it from you. Please contact the Gazette office: clgeditor @ gmail.com if you are interested in selling yours. Gladys L, British Columbia, Canada

Torchon Lace Rings cropped pubWanted: Torchon Lace Rings by Alice Vokac, edited by Christine Johnson, 2011. This coil ring bound booklet was a fundraiser for the OIDFA Adelaide Congress. Contact the editor with price and shipping cost.

Sterne Cover CMWanted: Sterne by Christine Mirecki. Designs can be used for bangles.

Wanted: Variations on a Theme: Bobbin Lacemaking Patterns for the Complete Beginner by Jennifer Ford, 1992.  Coil bound.  Cover image not available.

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Wanted: Fri Knipling by Jana Novak, 1985. ISBN 87-418-7095-6 Contact the editor with the price and shipping to a Canadian address.

Wanted: Some are interested in a Bobbin Swap or a Thread Swap. Does your stash have interesting threads or bobbins you would love to pass along to someone else? Are you looking for threads or bobbins that are hard to find? Perhaps you would like to connect by creating a Wish List! 

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Gazette Vol. 35 is now complete! See information posted in the Editions section. Questions? Email: clgeditor @gmail.com [Add the email to your address list.]

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These are packed full of information to inspire and encourage lacemaking. The Gazette Editions section on this website has a list of details for each one. Article titles and authors are listed. Inquire about past editions prior to Vol. 28. There are limited copies available for some earlier editions. Post a request in Swap ‘n Shop if needed.

Posted below are front cover images from Volume 35. Scroll down to see other editions! If you know of someone who is not a regular subscriber and would love to read more about lacemaking, consider giving a Gift! Packages can be mailed directly from CLG if you wish.

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If you know of someone who is not a regular subscriber and would love to read more about lacemaking, consider giving a Gift! Packages can be mailed directly from CLG if you wish. This is a good bargain for a lace group library as well, build your reference collection!

Volume 30 editions are available, our 30th year in production! The Gazette Editions section has details for each one: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. Posted below are front cover images.

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