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Dye, Gilian
Lace identification : a practical guide / Gilian Dye and Jean Leader.
Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire : The Crowood Press, 2021.
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Reference Library
NK9404 .D94 2021 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-174) and index.
"What is that lace? How old is it? Has it been made by hand or machine? What would it have been used for? These are the types of questions that this practical guide sets out to answer. Lavishly illustrated, it shows you how to identify the sort of lace that you might find hiding away in drawers and cupboards, or buy at a vintage textile fair. It deals predominantly with the hand-made and machine laces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics covered include an introductory survey of the different types of lace, their history and construction; guidelines for a systematic approach to lace identification and advice on cleaning and storage; chapters on the different types of lace: bobbin lace, needle lace, craft laces such as crochet and tatting, machine lace and lace based on tapes and nets. There are exercises on distinguishing similar pieces of lace made using different techniques and there are illustrations of how lace has been used and of some of the tools used in the making. Written by experienced lacemakers Gilian Dye and Jean Leader, it presents items from their own collections to illuminate and inspire others who wish to know more about this fascinating textile. Lace Identification is a complete guide to the beauty of this stitch craft, and will richly reward all those who study the treasures they may own"--Publisher's description.
Subject Terms:
Lace and lace making -- Identification.
Lace and lace making.
Lace and lace making.
Field guides.
Field guides.
Leader, Jean, author.

  • Types of lace and materials
  • Approaching an identification
  • Continuous bobbin lace with mesh grounds
  • Continuous bobbin lace with plaited grounds
  • Non-continuous bobbin lace
  • Needle lace
  • Net and tape laces
  • Craft laces
  • Machine lace
  • Spot the difference
  • But what is it for?
  • Odds and ends.