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The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann [Paperback]

Nancy Nehring
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May 1 1998
An eclectic collection of lace patterns and short stories about knitting, this book reveals the tales told by Mary Schiffmann to Nancy Nehring. Schiffmann was one of the founding members of the Lacy Knitters, a national guild for lace knitting, and she made collecting lace patterns her life's work. The book begins with Schiffmann developing her knitting skills as the daughter of missionaries in Japan, then continues with further anecdotes and memories from a life of knitting. Each interesting episode is accompanied by a lace pattern that Schiffmann collected during her fascinating life. The patterns are presented with both row-by-row instruction and in charted form. Projects include towels, handkerchiefs, a sweater, and a christening gown.

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Mary Schiffmann (1908-96) was an indefatigable collector of lace patterns for knitting. Such was her enthusiasm that she once purchased plastic doilies pressed from knitted lace originals and managed to decipher instructions for re-creating the originals in cotton thread. She was also a cofounder of the Lacy Knitters, a national group working to promote the preservation and cataloging of old knitted lace patterns. This book offers both her reminiscences on her work and a collection of her patterns and teaching notes. Patterns include a photograph of each item plus written and charted directions. Highly recommended for textile collections and public libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nancy Nehring is the author of numerous craft books, including 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, Hairpin Lace Afghans, and Ribbon Trims.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Lace Knitting Book First Jan. 21 2000
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Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book as either a first lace knitting book or to add to a collection because it is both helpful and beautiful. I have purchased other lace knitting books but because of their complexity I had never used them to produce a piece of lace. The author of this book, Mary Shiffmann, taught lace knitting and includes in the book a list of projects designed to help novice lace knitters develop their skills. I was able to pick up this book and without other help teach myself to knit lace. Also helpful is that all the patterns are charted. The book is an interesting mix of the author's personal history, discussions about lace, and lessons. It also contains an excellent variety of patterns (from easy to complex), projects and suggestions. I plan on working my way through many of the patterns.
The book has an artful approach that shows the beauty of hand knitted lace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good reference book April 4 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book thinking it was a lace reference book. I was disappointed to find that it is simply a collection of patterns. She does include hints on knitting lace, but it is not a book that a person would use to design her own patterns. If you are a person who likes to follow other people's patterns and you enjoy knitting lace, you might find this book more useful than I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Lace Knitting Book First Jan. 21 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book as either a first lace knitting book or to add to a collection because it is both helpful and beautiful. I have purchased other lace knitting books but because of their complexity I had never used them to produce a piece of lace. The author of this book, Mary Shiffmann, taught lace knitting and includes in the book a list of projects designed to help novice lace knitters develop their skills. I was able to pick up this book and without other help teach myself to knit lace. Also helpful is that all the patterns are charted. The book is an interesting mix of the author's personal history, discussions about lace, and lessons. It also contains an excellent variety of patterns (from easy to complex), projects and suggestions. I plan on working my way through many of the patterns.
The book has an artful approach that shows the beauty of hand knitted lace.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very few projects Aug. 6 2005
By South Bay Beach Bum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The cover is deceptive in that it shows several lace doilies, but what you see on the cover is what you get in the book. Most of the stitch patterns are found in most pattern books. The only part of the book that is truly unique for the experienced lace knitter is the few lace edging patterns. Not worth 17.95 for those few patterns.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann April 6 2005
By Scottish Gypsy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is very well put together. I have been knitting for 20 years and love the patterns in this book. There are a number of advanced patterns for more experienced knitters, something difficult to find these days, and a number of simpler patterns for novice knitters. I only wish it had more patterns and hope that they will come out with a second book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful lacy knitting Aug. 23 2007
By E. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this book was not exactly what I was expecting (Ohrenberg shawls, etc.), it was indeed highly useful. Mary Schiffman provides many different types of lace for knitted lace, including edging or borders, samplers, shawls, and a skirt. Her style is relatively straight-forward yet not for the faint of knitting heart. There is much to be learned in this book and it has many useful yet beautiful applications. I would recommend this book for the more advance knitter who is looking to explore the possibilities of knitted lace and design garments using lace techniques.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann July 27 2010
By Lois Perron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is nice but the item i saw when i was looking at it on-line was not in this book, it was a lace knit christening gown and the one in the book is only a lace knit edge
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