Monday, November 03, 2008

Slow Reading - Good Book 

Still a little itchy so I've been reading a good deal. I'm less inclined to scratch with a book in my hands.

Pat Earnshaw is one of my favorite experts and I'll add any book of hers to my collection. This in spite of the fact that her great love is lacemaking. Her research is extensive and well documented; her writing style straightforward and easily understood (without dumbing down her subject); and she chooses to write about the facets of a given subject focusing on the very questions I would ask were we sitting over a cuppa.

Currently I'm taking my time reading Lace In Fashion From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries ISBN 0 9513891 3 0.

Illustrated to clearly explain every point made by Ms. Earnshaw and including useful bits such as a chart of "the interrelations of royal and noble houses in the sixteenth century, which facilitated a uniformity of fashion throughout the Courts of Europe."

She also asks us to look at lace from a different approach than I had done before: single thread (needlelaces) and multi-thread (bobbin laces, etc.)

Illustrations mostly B&W but enough color plates to satisfy one's appetite for glitz.

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This sounds interesting- I've only done tatting and bobbin lace.

Glad you seem to be slowly getting better.
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