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Within this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often-inaccurate instructions into richly-colored, exciting patterns for modern-day accessories. This blend of history, mystery, and hands-on technique debunks myths about Victorian life as it inspires beginners and ambitious knitters alike. Included are instructions for Victorian laceWithin this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often-inaccurate instructions into richly-colored, exciting patterns for modern-day accessories. This blend of history, mystery, and hands-on technique debunks myths about Victorian life as it inspires beginners and ambitious knitters alike. Included are instructions for Victorian lace as the Victorians never saw it—in glorious detail, up-close and on location in and around Cambridge, England. The lace patterns progress from the first, most basic, edgings to the sophistication of "real" lace. Forty patterns are included—scarves and shawls, capes, and fichus—with comprehensive information on the tools and techniques of lace knitting for beginners and enough challenges to keep experienced or ambitious knitters engaged. Delicate and decorative, historical lace patterns are within the reach of today's knitters in this book of adventurous ideas with a vintage touch. ...

Title : Victorian Lace Today
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ISBN : 9781933064079
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Victorian Lace Today Reviews

  • Javier
    2019-03-12 11:40

    An updated look at the lace-knitting of Victoriana, including original and historic patterns. Victorian times brought new interest to knitting with the advent of printed patterns, allowing knitters greater complexity and a larger audience when sharing techniques and designs. The lace contained in this book is gorgeous and it also includes some historical notes. I would have liked to see more realistic outfits on the models (seriously, they look like they were dressed by kooky church ladies!) and larger charts (seriously, the charts are painfully cramped), but if you just let the work speak for itself, this book is a delight!

  • Mauri
    2019-02-25 10:54

    Full of yardage and other errors - in several places, the item as knit does not match the item photographed. Some photos are out of focus.

  • Julie Bates
    2019-03-04 07:58

    Every project had a story. I enjoyed reading it and have many projects on my to do list. The pictures are gorgeous.

  • Winifred
    2019-03-12 12:41

    I've dipped in and out of this book mainly for the patterns. Still trying to decide whether to buy it and break my rule of not adding to my shelves. I decided a while ago that I'm only buying from charity shops and then handing them back to re-sell or using the public library. Use it or lose it. We can't lose our libraries!I might have to buy this as there are lots of lovely patterns but I don't find them easy to follow. I eventually realised that it is actually an American book even though all the photos are of England, confusing! That's probably why I'm having a bit of bother. Must try harder!

  • Ana
    2019-03-16 06:58

    One of the few knitting books I own and one of two to travel to Japan with me. Also the one book I've knit the most projects from. This book is amazing and beautiful; it lives on the "show" bookshelf full of yarn and whiskey for people to peruse instead of on the coffee table, but it is our coffee table book.

  • Laurajean
    2019-03-12 12:01

    This book is absolutely fabulous! There are tons of projects, and marvelous descriptions for everything. Several of the items are made with one of my favorite yarns, Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The final chapter of the book has photos of all the yarns used in the projects. There are also suggestions for yarn substitutions.I can hardly wait to start something from here.

  • Jean
    2019-03-06 07:54

    I like this collection of patterns. It is primarily lace shawls and scarfs. They are beautiful and practical. There's a wide variety of types as well. The writer has collected old Victorian patterns and have adapted the instructions to the current conventions and with clarity.There are gorgeous pictures and a few bits of history interspersed throughout the book.

  • Margie
    2019-03-06 12:45

    Lovely, lovely shawls. I've started one, and it's going well so far.I appreciate the attention paid to adding borders - there's a whole 'how-to' section, along with notes on how to alter patterns in order to use different borders.

  • Jan
    2019-02-22 09:40

    This has some jaw-dropping designs. It also has some easy to do patterns that most knitters can do. It is a beautiful book as well. You should check it out from the library first just to make sure that you want to knit some of the patterns.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-26 06:01

    Loved the photographs. Not all of the directions match the photographed items so be sure to read the knitting as well as the instructions. I've been told that there is a website that has reader contributed corrections.

  • J A W
    2019-02-28 13:05

    In addition to having some truly breathtaking lace patterns, this book has an excellent techniques guide at the back. And the narrative on the author's research into the patterns themselves is fascinating

  • Palawa
    2019-03-11 11:43

    This is a stunning book with gorgeous photography and really lovely patterns. Jane Sowerby managed to decipher Victorian lace pattern, which would have been a nightmare for most of us and each project is beautiful. On my wish list now is to buy a copy of this book and lots of lace yarn.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-19 04:44

    An interesting look at lace knitting in 19th century London with patterns updated and translated into modern US lingo.A lovely collection of shawls and scarves beautifully photographed.I will be knitting more from this book.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-18 06:54

    2015: I did a review of this book on my blog: took it back to the library today. Very sad, but somebody else was waiting for it. Sigh.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-22 12:04

    I am still (since christmas) working on an awesome lace scarf from this book. The historical sections describing the evolution of lace and the hand written pattern is awesome. The patterns are classic with clear charts.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-27 04:53

    I love this book. I can't wait to knit my first project from this wonderful gem.

  • Liz
    2019-02-26 05:06

    A FEAST for lace-knitting lovers.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-21 04:41

    Beautiful items with interesting historical information. Haven't attempted any projects from this yet.

  • Kate
    2019-03-08 13:06

    The patterns are lovely, the photographs are incredible and the historical details are fascinating!

  • Miss Mouse
    2019-03-09 09:52

    Wow! If you're looking to knit lace, you'll have a very difficult time deciding which one to knit from this book.

  • notgettingenough
    2019-02-24 10:52

    Xrx really knows how to sell knitting through pictures. It is sumptuous.What it is like in practice, however, I can't say. Not good enough to think about knitting lace....

  • Kelly Schooler
    2019-03-06 06:59

    Love this lace tutorial....wonderful old patterns translated into modern language for today's knitters

  • Mia
    2019-02-23 04:43

    Too many errors.

  • Knittingdragonflies
    2019-03-23 05:49

    The photos alone make me swoon. Beautiful. Wide range of patterns available, from simple to complex. approch is that knitting lace can be done by anyone.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-26 10:51


  • Tanya Faberson
    2019-03-21 12:03

    One of the few knitting books I read cover to cover.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-22 13:06

    I'm rating this five stars on the gorgeous photos. The historical background information is also great.

  • Nitrorockets
    2019-02-25 13:04

    Wow is this an excellent lace book. If you are adventurous enough to take on lacing then this is THE book for you. Great patterns a little bit of history and loads of pictures in color.

  • Toni
    2019-03-06 11:48

    Lovely shawls, but the yardage estimates are VERY inaccurate--40% short on some.