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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 07 September 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217428
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Lace Reimagined


30 inspiring projects for making and using lace creatively by Elizabeth Healey

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Book Description

This original and exciting guide to lace is a visual feast of inspiring step-by-step projects; it will encourage you to experiment, inspire you with handy tips, and provide sources for further inspiration.

Typically associated with frilly hankies and flouncy collars that are time-consuming to make and invariably white, the 30 projects in this book span the colour spectrum and make use of a range of media including paper, fabric, thread and even concrete!

This original and exciting guide to lace is a visual feast of 30 inspiring step-by-step projects. It includes in-depth features and fascinating asides relating to the history of lace and it will encourage you to experiment and inspire you with handy tips. The projects use bobbin lace, needle lace, needle weaving and drawn-thread work, all of which are clearly illustrated for beginners. Some projects feature techniques such as using concrete and papier-mâché; some feature ready-made lace, either entirely, or as something that can be added to. 

Table of Contents

The basics8
A basic sewing kit10
Tools for making lace grounds12
Bobbin lace basics14
Preparing bobbins 14
Cross and twist braid 15
Cloth stitch 16
Whole stitch lace 19
Double whole stitch lace 24
Tatting basics25
How to hold the needle 25
Making a double stitch 26
Making picots 26
Rings 27
Chains 27
Joining picots 27
Joining in new threads 27
Split rings 28
Net darning29
Embroidery basics31
Needlelace stitches 31
Drawn and pulled stitches 34
Freestyle embroidery 37
Found & made38
Something old, something new40
Visible mending 44
Fish motif 46
Little green fingers 50
Peggy-Sue 52
Shirtwaist buttons 56
On the button 60
Teneriffe lace 62
Wall hanging 66
Torchon headband 70
Rag doll Tattiana 72
Floating cloud 75
Fairy wings 78
Paper lace bowl 84
Low-sew lace bowls 87
Gold leaves 88
Moths to a flame 92
Shadow boxers 94
Shadow play: Black Queen 96
Red queen 100
Skeleton leaf fan 102
Lace impressions 106
Sailor boy 110
Twisted lace 112
Printed ephemera 114
Further reading127

About the Author

About Elizabeth Healey

Elizabeth Healey originally trained as a graphic designer at the London College of Printing, after which she worked in various design groups before gravitating to the world of illustrated books. For as long as she can remember she has made things usually with yarn or cloth, but sometimes with paper and clay. She is particularly interested in utility stitching and tries to use recycled textiles wherever possible, in a way that looks fresh, modern and urban rather than old and fusty. Elizabeth has contributed articles to the following magazines, Knitting, Making, Crafty, Felt Matters and Pretty Patches. Her first book, Stitch, Fabric & Thread was published in 2016.

You can see examples of her work on her blog: www.elizabethsquarters.blogspot.co.uk.

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