Victorian Lace Today, Paperback
5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Within this compendium, the very first knitting books have been translated from sketchy, often inaccurate instructions into richly coloured, 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.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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 196 pages, colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: XRX Books,US
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Lace & lacemaking
  • ISBN: 9781933064109



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This book is a brilliant resource to knitters. The information section at the back is extremely thorough, and every step of making the patterns in the book is lovingly described in terms simple enough for even the beginner to lace. There is also information on how to create your own shawls, modify existing ones, and basically do anything you wish to make every knitted piece truly your own. A+++ book.

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Victorian Lace Today is a spectacular knitting resource. Jane Sowerby outlines the history of knitted lace, and the transition from folk patterns to commercially published patterns. She has adapted 40 designs from the 1800s to early 1900s. The scarves, shawls, and fichus (lacy collars) are photographed at Victorian era sites in the area around Cambridge, England. The photos typically include a fashion photo showing the garment as worn, and an overview photo displaying the construction. The patterns are well charted, and most include options - different yarn weights, different borders, etc. A substantial appendix covers basic terminology, principles of lace knitting, and suggestions for modifying or creating lace garments.Living in a mild damp climate, I have never found scarves or shawls to be either necessary or practical. Based on the number of patterns that I MUST knit, I am going to have to find a way to wear them, or find someone to take them.
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Fabulous, beautiful, I bought it but knitting from it may be a challenge!