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Lace from the Attic: A Victorian Notebook of Knitted Lace Patterns [Paperback]

Nancie Wiseman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Aug. 1 1998
Combining the story of one Victorian's knitting life with an astonishing collection of patterns, this book recalls the time when lace embellished everything from clothing to tea cozies. Taken from Blanche Beau's original book of swatches, the collection presents samples and written patterns updated with conventional abbreviations and terminology. It also offers ways to incorporate the patterns into projects.


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As fewer and fewer Americans have the opportunity to learn the exquisite needlework techniques that enriched life in past centuries, we are seeing in magazines like PieceWork and books like Wiseman's and Schurch's, reviewed above, attempts to preserve what remains of traditional textile craft techniques and patterns. For Wiseman, a 100-year-old leather notebook, filled with lace patterns and samples and belonging to a Miss Blanche Beau of Sacramento, CA, was the jumping-off place for adventures in deciphering, rewriting, and charting a marvelous collection of old lace edgings. Comprehensive information on the tools and techniques of lace knitting makes this book a good choice for beginners, while the more than 58 lace patterns included will appeal to the more experienced. Rounding out the book are 15 projects designed to use the edgings. A worthy acquisition for textile collections and public libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nancie Wiseman is the author of numerous craft books, including Crochet with Wire and The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice reference on lace, with some fun reading April 10 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a real treasure; not only do you get to meet Blanche Beau and peek into her lace notebook, but you get the lace all charted for ease of knitting.
I love antique knitting patterns but going through the non-standard notations written out line-by-line can be tedious. The modernized charting makes the lace accessible. You can never have enough stitch patterns for lace edgings for shawls and pillows. Really lovely.
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2.0 out of 5 stars LACE EDGING April 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The subtitle for this book should be "A Victorian Notebook of Knited Lace Edging Patterns. With only a few exceptions the patterns are for edging only with no all over lace patterns.
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3.0 out of 5 stars basics only Oct. 3 2002
By hairpin
Format:Paperback
This is a basic book of edgings mainly, with one or two whole patterns. But if you do like some historical content of your stitches, you might really enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any knitter's library. Jan. 17 1999
Format:Paperback
Delightful story of a Victorian lady and her lace. The author then recreates the lace patterns in contemporary terminology. The real plus--all patterns are charted.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LACE EDGING April 30 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The subtitle for this book should be "A Victorian Notebook of Knited Lace Edging Patterns. With only a few exceptions the patterns are for edging only with no all over lace patterns.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any knitter's library. Jan. 17 1999
By aprobin@ziplink.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Delightful story of a Victorian lady and her lace. The author then recreates the lace patterns in contemporary terminology. The real plus--all patterns are charted.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars basics only Oct. 3 2002
By hairpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a basic book of edgings mainly, with one or two whole patterns. But if you do like some historical content of your stitches, you might really enjoy this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice reference on lace, with some fun reading April 10 2001
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a real treasure; not only do you get to meet Blanche Beau and peek into her lace notebook, but you get the lace all charted for ease of knitting.
I love antique knitting patterns but going through the non-standard notations written out line-by-line can be tedious. The modernized charting makes the lace accessible. You can never have enough stitch patterns for lace edgings for shawls and pillows. Really lovely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice lace book that takes you back in time April 16 2009
By sweetea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting little book. It contains lace patterns from a 100 yr. old notebook that was found in the attic of a house where Blanche Beau had lived. Nancie Wiseman translated the knitting patterns into modern knitting language. There are some beautiful lace patterns that can be used for edgings or even made into a scarf. There are a few projects in the back, but for experienced knitters with imagination, these lace patterns could be used for all kinds of things. I'm more of a beginner knitter, but did the vine lace pattern(p.43) in a class & did not find it difficult. It has charts as well as written instructions. The charts are easy to follow once you learn how to read them. I received this book promptly & in excellent condition from the seller. It was difficult to find, especially at the retail price of the book. I'm not sure why this was, but the seller had it for a good price, rather than an inflated one, like I saw on many sites for this book.
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