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by Alexis Xenakis
clear off your coffee tables!!! You'll need room to put
out this amazing book on lace knitting. The title, Victorian
Lace Today, barely scratches the surface of what is inside
this book. Of course there are lovely patterns for lace
scarves and shawls of all skill levels. The patterns range
from simple to elaborate, but all of them are beautiful.
Well-written patterns combined with clear charts and instructions
make even the most challenging of these patterns accessible
to most knitters. What makes this book even more special
is the exhaustively detailed historical information about
the mothers of lace knitting and their patterns. This historical
information combined with a discussion of the social climate
of Victorian society and the rise of knitting as a leisure
activity for ladies of the middle and upper classes add
an unusual dimension to this book. I especially enjoyed
reading the background of how changing Victorian fashion
and social rules influenced the styles of shawls and scarves
The photography by Alexis Xenakis ranges from detailed shots
of the knitted items to incredibly beautiful interior and
exterior shots of locations around England. The "Techniques,
Tools and Talk" section at the end of the book explains
the various skills needed for the patterns with good diagrams
and understandable instructions. A section on charts, another
on design principles and guidelines for blocking make this
fantastic book a one-stop shop for everything you need to
start and master lace knitting. I recommend that you check
this book out, even if you are still hesitant to try lace.
Jane Sowerby's book might be the little push that you need
to get into the joy of knitting lace.
submitted, Ginny Zschau
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