Traditional Bedfordshire Lace - Technique and Patterns
|INSIDE:||50 black & white photographs and 206 line drawings|
Bedfordshire lace, its history, and its fine and varied designs [particularly those of Thomas Lester and his sons, lace-dealers in Bedford for nearly a century] have attracted growing interest and many new practitioners in recent years. One attraction of the Bedfordshire technique is its flexibility, which offers the lace-maker a certain freedom in deciding the method of working.
The book is based on the author's extensive teaching experience and research into authentic traditional methods. The text sets out the techniques and shows how to apply them to different parts of the pattern. The lace ranges from small motifs to fine edgings, elaborate collars and other dress accessories worked by the author and her students. Over a hundred working diagrams are includes as well as prickings for all the lace illsutrated. Additional prickings and advice on interpreting and reproducing old prickings are also provided.