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Overview: 'Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques', Heather Toomer

 Heather is not a lacemaker herself, but a collector and historian. Having studied old lace for over twenty five years she certainly qualifies as one of our esteemed experts. Most of the beautifully detailed photographs in the book were taken by Cynthia Voysey, an authority on Honiton lace.

Heather's obvious love of lace and history is evident throughout the book. She painstakingly describes each piece of lace, including the technique. Although this is a book that you could often dip into, I did read it form cover to cover.

I found the layout of the book easy to read with so many amazingly detailed images. I have learnt so much about the various laces and their differences.

Each example is discussed in detail along side the image. Unfortunately the first two images to be discussed were transposed. There are images showing the wrong side of the work, aiding understanding of the construction.

The colour images of people wearing lace during the 17th -19th centuries add context to the lace being discussed. The book is divided into four sections; needlepoint laces, embroideries & minor techniques, bobbin laces and a section dealing with machine-made laces, cleaning, care and price guide etc. I hope you will all enjoy this book as much as I have. A thoroughly good read.


Review : Leslie Sercombe 24th February 2013