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Knitted Lace of Estonia [Paperback]

Nancy Bush
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Dec 1 2008
Combining some of the oldest knitted artifacts in Northern Europe with authentic tips and expert advice, this distinctive guidebook demonstrates a wide range of knitting knowledge. Featuring 14 heirloom-quality projects, this savvy reference includes traditional lace-knitting techniques such as the starburst, twig, peacock, and lily of the valley patterns. Modern variations on classic methods and adding lace edges are also explored, and photographs from several Estonian museums beautifully illustrate various completed designs. With accessible graphed and written instructions, the projects include Estonian-style shawls, stoles, and scarves.

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"If you love fine lace, you certainly will enjoy this new book. The history and patterns are wonderful."  —Knitting News

"For knitters who love lace, Nancy Bush, really skinny yarns and/or eastern Europe."  —knotions online magazine

"How can you not love a book like this? It's got everything. History. Beautiful patterns. Great stitches. Lovely pictures. Good writing."  —KnittingScholar.com

"Everything you need to know to create an authentic lace shawl is included, from knitting a center to knitting a frame; how to connect the two; special techniques for cast-on, bind-off, joining, and more."  —Blogcritics.org

"A beautiful book for any knitter . . . and if you are already a lace lover you definitely need to have this book in your collection." —About.com Guide to Knitting

"The range of beautiful projects will be attractive to knitters of all skill levels. Nancy's clear step-by-step instructions and tips make the seemingly daunting intricate lace patterns easily understood."  —Knit 'N Style

"A true treasure of a book. Not only is the writing and knitting within it beautiful and inspirational, but this book is clearly a labour of love and commitment."  —YARN: The Australian Magazine for Knitting and More

"The knitting world once again has an 'instant' enduring classic; one that will give hours of pleasure for years to come."  —Knit Together, the quarterly publication of the Canadian Guild of Knitters

About the Author

Nancy Bush is a contributor to PieceWork magazine and owner of The Wooly West, a mail-order and online yarn business. She has worked as a freelance designer and consultant to several yarn companies and as a contributing editor to Knitter's Magazine. Her designs and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, Threads, and Vogue Knitting. She teaches workshops for guilds and shops and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Finland, and Estonia. She is the author of Folk Knitting in Estonia, Folk Socks, Knitting on the Road, and Knitting Vintage Socks. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book! Lots of Lovely Patterns March 5 2009
By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've had this book on my wish list for a while and I'm very glad I got it!

I truly do love all the shawls and scarves in this book. They are similar to the front cover so if you like that pattern, you'll be happy with the patterns inside.

There's a little bit of the history of shawls from Haapsalu, Estonia along with photos which was very interesting.

Many shawl patterns from the region are used such as leaf, twig, birch, lily of the valley (absolutely lovely!), blueberry, ladybug, peacock, etc, etc).

The shawls are either triangular, rectangular, or square - the book cover shawl is square and called Crown Prince Square Shawl.

I was very pleased with this book and the lacey shawls offered--I'd like to start on about 4 of them right now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I expected a bit more May 10 2014
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.......because of the raving reviews but was somewhat disappointed. The history of the lace-knitting was rather wage. There was no explanation of why lace-edges are sown on rather than knitted on or grafted on. ( I am sure there is some sort of a reason!) the knitting explanations are only for throw-knitters ( I had pretty much no experience in that) I find it very discriminating to pay for a book and than be on my own to find translations. There are a lot of us continental knitters around who shouldn't have to learn another way of knitting just to understand a book. (remember? there is no right or wrong way of knitting !! ) In many books one can find both (thank goodness for that) At least there are charts and not just written instructions ! The book has very nice pictures and that helped me to understand a few of the things I was wondering about.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Once again interweave books.com has opened up a new world with their presentation of "knitted lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush.

Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Finland, and Estonia. She is the author of "socks", "Folk Knitting in Estonia"," Knitting on the Road", and "Knitting Vintage Socks" (all from interweave).

In this book we get everything from an overview down to the nitty-gritty details of the 14 projects. We first start out with an introduction to Estonia and its history. This gives you the feeling that you are continuing a tradition. There are color pictures diagrams (charts) and photographs that lead you through the world of knitting lace. There is even a section on how to make a unique stretching frame just for lace. The end items are scarves and shawls ahead of gossamer feel but no exotic clothing which requires slicing and sewing. We also have a source for yarns and a bibliography.

I exchanged my original copy for the new release with the DVD.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift for a knitting friend May 9 2013
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I enjoy knitting and the patterns intrigued me. The book was bought for a friend so I cannot really rate the contents.
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