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The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann Paperback – May 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (May 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188301042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010423
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 21.4 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,701,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9de50894) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de3cc3c) 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.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dfdc18c) out of 5 stars Very few projects Aug. 6 2005
By Shelly T. - 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
HASH(0x9dfd9ed0) 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.
HASH(0x9e05c1d4) out of 5 stars Knitting Lace? July 24 2015
By Arlene M. Mckeon - Published on Amazon.com
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Obviously if you are interested in the topic, you will love the patterns and inspiration these informative chapters. The writing by Nancy Nehring brings the book to life with clear and concise instructions and writing skills. Worth the purchase price just to view the beautiful lacework that Mary Schiffmann does with knitting needles. I see the impossible but a skilled knitter could probably be able to read the instructions and make the same scarves and doilies. Beautiful work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de9d1f8) out of 5 stars Good Historical Knitting Resource Sept. 2 2013
By Rebecca H. Augustine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Most of this volume seemed to be filled with doilies, which I personally do not use that much -- dust catchers! However, this is valuable if only for the historical aspect and beautiful lace patterns.


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