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A New Needlelace Book 4 Replies

Hi. everyone I hope this finds everyone well.  I came across a new, to me, needle lace book this weekend and I wonder if anyone has pur hased a copy? Continue

Started by Teri Dow. Last reply by Amy O'Malley Sep 18, 2020.

Starting Needlepoint lace by Valerie Grimwood 1 Reply

  Generally i find that "how to" books assume prior knowledge of the subject leaving you with a gap in information and therefore rendering it unsuitable for a beginner. Not so with this book. I…Continue

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Started by Tina Heron. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. May 3, 2017.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 20, 2015 at 4:33pm

Copied and pasted from Liz Ligeti's review, which she posted on laceioli today.

Antique Lace Patterns.


This is an A4 sized soft cover book of about 48 pages, with a 5 page introduction, and a bibliography.

The author is a free-lance artist, designer and illustrator,  who is also involved with the International Design Library. She has a special interest in Decorative Arts and Needlework designs.


I believe the designs are her drawings of the lace in various Museums and collections.

Grounds are generally not shown – except for some needlelaces when she shows the bars (brides or legs).

The front and back covers are shown as completed lace, and in colour, but the patterns are in black and white, and both cover patterns are inside the book.


If you are good at drawing up patterns and working out the grounds you will have a lot of inspiration from this book, but it is not for the novice who needs a proper pricking to work from.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 20, 2015 at 4:00pm

Liz - a good review, thanks. I have added most of it to laceioli, the MIXED TAPE LACE GROUP, where there is another book list for that type of lace.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 19, 2015 at 11:35pm

The Borris Lace Collection. A Unique Irish Needlelace.



By Marie Laurie and Annette Meldrum.



This is a soft covered book published by Sally Milner Publishing company, and is in the Milner Craft series.

Borris is a small Georgian town in Ireland where they made a form of Tape lace. The industry ran from 1846, to the 1960, when it petered out, and unsold stock, patterns etc were stored away in Borris House, the home of the Kavanagh family – to whom the book is dedicated.

The text is very readable, and the introduction tells how 2 Aussie lacemakers became involved in its “discovery”.

Part 1 tells of the history surrounding the lace, and the town, and is illustrated with photos of pieces of lace, and old family photos. There is an interesting chart, naming the pieces of lace,, the cost, the lacemakers name, and her age!  6 yards of  No. 40 edging paid 9/- (9 shillings!!)

Part 2 explains the lace features, and unique techniques, - again well illustrated with photos.

Part 3 has projects to work with patterns and instruction, working diagrams,  and clear photos of completed pieces.

The text throughout the book is excellent, and the book is hard to put down!

It is beautifully published on glossy paper, with the complete catalogue of the 72 pieces of Borris lace  at the back,  followed by an index, and biographies of the 2 authors.

This is a “Must have” book for anyone interested in needlelace, and will be a boon to the library.




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