Recommended Books

I've put generic tape lace with Russian.

Hinojosa

Carolina de la Guardia SPANISH BRAID LACE "WITCHSTITCH", 2003, self published. First 10 pages is basic instruction in techniques, 9 patterns give thread size, techniques used. The first book has a section on technique, followed by braids and patterns.    Not too difficult, but not for an absolute beginner.

Carolina de la Guardia  SPANISH BRAID LACE "WITCH STITCH" 2, self published 2005.  The second book is mainly braids and patterns.  The patterns are her own design and are incredibly beautiful. 

Carolina de la Guardia's third book, "SPECIAL FANS, Witch Stitch lace", Includes 7 fan patterns of Hinojosa lace.   I self published  2007.

Mariña Regueiro , EL ENCAJE DE HINOJOSA - HISTORIA Y TECNICA (HINOJOSA LACE - HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE), carefully researched by the author over many years.  Published by Raices 2011  a recent book on the history of this form, with reconstructions of antique laces.  The first part of this book is a wonderfully illustrated history of Hinojosa lace, written in Spanish, French, English and German.  The second part is technique, braids and patterns.  Good diagrams, with good explanations of curves, and beautiful patterns. Includes over 100 excellent illustrations and 65 patterns. ISBN: 978-84-86115-71-5  240 pages - Hardback.  English, Spanish, French and German text


Idrija

Bridget M. Cook & Metka Tratnik IDRIJA LACE, 1999, Batsford.  50 patterns, arranged in order of difficulty, clear diagram using international color code system, clear photographs.  Not difficult, but not for an absolute beginner.

Idrija Lace Broad Tape 1 / Idrijska Cipka Siroki Ris 1

Idrija Lace Broad Tape 2 / Idrijska Cipka Siroki Ris 2   Both published by Gimnazija Jurija Vege Idrija, Cipkarska sola Idrija - 2012

Idrija Lace Narrow Cloth Stitch/ Idrijska Cipka

http://www.cipkarskasola.si/en/news/40/a-new-handbook-is-published/  

Their website is idrijska-cipka.moja-kosarica.si. They also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/cipkarskasolaIdrija

Both have patterns, color coded diagrams, and prickings. There are mats, doilies, corners and yard laces.  The laces in Book 1 would be easier to work. Book 2's patterns are a little more intricate.

The patterns are from laces belonging to their lace museum. The laces are beautiful (broad tape laces in Idrija technique), the pictures are very neat and the diagrams in colour code very useful and well made. The books cost 22€ each. I bought them directly from the Idrija lace school.   Both have a selection of 7 patterns with varied shapes (squares, edgings, triangles, round...). Both are very well worked and are well and clearly presented.  I am very fond of making tape laces and like Idrija lace a lot. So, the books are really interesting and important to me, because with such diagrams it is possible to learn how the make Eslovenian lace directly from Eslovenian lacemakers and designers.

IDRIJSKA CIPKA by Irma Pervanja & Maja Svetlik.  Published by Gimnazija Jurija Vege Idrija, Cipkarska sola Idrija - 2001     A wonderful basic intro to Idrija lace.  In Slovenian (I think), Italian and French.  Diagrams of basic tapes, curves, angles, and simple patterns.  Well diagrammed, so you don't necessarily need to speak/read any of the above languages.

https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/524418_622897094441449_1265230526_n.jpg a glossary of lace terms in Slovenian.  No patterns or instruction.

Lepoglava

Hanneke Troost, Tonny Haas, Nel de la Bie,  TAPE LACES OF LEPOGLAVA - TECHNIQUES AND PATTERNS

Hanneke Troost, Tonny Haas, Nel de la Bie  TAPE LACES OF LEPOGLAVA-NEW PATTERNS.

Milanese

 Maribel Albert ,ENCAJE MILANES, Método teórico - Práctico, publ Bolilleras. I have not seen this, don't know about content. Book has at least 3 parts.

Barbara Corbet MAILÄNDER SPITZE (I have not seen this book, but her Flanders books is quite good.)

Christice Mirecki MAILÄNDER SPITZE- MODERN INTERPRETIERT. Doilies and tablecloths borders, table runners with different variations, curtain, patch for T-shirt, blouse, bags, scarves, 64 color pages, hardcover, 30 x 21.5 cm, prickings and Instructions. (her blog: https://christinemirecki.wordpress.com/  ) from this book

Patricia Read & Lucy Kincaid MILANESE LACE, 1988 Batsford.  First half is how-to, last half is patterns. Thread sizes given.  Not for an absolute beginner.

Patricia Read & Lucy Kincaid  NEW BRAIDS AND DESIGNS IN MILANESE LACE. 2001

Russian (and generic tape/braid lace)

DMC, DIE KLOEPPELSPITZEN II. Serie.  Tape lace 25 patterns.  Text in German, but etchings are clear enough that you can see what to do.  First 42 pages are instruction in basic techniques, with patterns for practice.  Last half is patterns for lace.  This one is now available as a free download from      http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books.html#D   If you know cloth stitch, half stitch, and double stitch you can use this book.

Jennifer Fisher BRAID LACE FOR TODAY. 1985 Dryad.  Basic tape lace, 30 patterns. For an absolute beginner.

Tatiana Karpenko & Aleksei Karpenko, COURSE OF RUSSIAN LACE MAKING, 1994. How-to for basic technique.  No words at all, just drawings, but they are quite clear.  Could be used by a beginner, but not an absolute beginner.

Jose van Pamelen-Hagenaars RUSSISCHE KANT. 20 patterns, difficult parts are diagrammed, but not a book for absolute beginners.

Lia Baumeister-Jonker's RUSSIAN TAPE LACE DVD

Radmilla Zuman's TREASURY OF PATTERNS is a very good book that's still in print and affordable at around $40.  Most of the book is braid patterns....2 to a page...and ends with pattern applications...bracelets, the necklace that appears on the cover, and a few motifs.

Schneeberger

Lia Baumeister-Jonker SCHNEEBERGER LACE WITH LIA BAUMEISTER. I have not seen this book, but she is good at explaining things.

Petra Ponlach SIEBEN ORNATMENTA IN SCHNEEBERGER TECHNIK.

Brigitte Bellon SCHNEEBERGER  KLOEPPELMOTIVE. I have not seen this book but she is a good designer in general.

Dorothea Schnaedelbach MEINE LIEBSTEN KLOEPPELSPITZEN, 31 MUSTER AUS DEM ERZGEBIRGE. I haven't seen it. Details, anyone?

MIMOSA (Italian tape lace, from Cantu town)

Vera Cockuyt's "The Techinique of Mimosa Lace" 
The book is written with directions for working on a pillow instead of a bolster, so if you are working with a bolster pillow, that's something to keep in mind. The first page is the introduction,  second page, line drawing illustrations of Italy, a tombolo pillow and stand and a cantu style bobbin. Pages 3 -13 are instructions with diagrams on how to work Mimosa lace. Page 14 mentions that DMC cordonnett 100/2 is used as the thread for all the patterns and lists 6 filling grounds that are used in various patterns in the book. Page 15 is a diagram of the various filling grounds, but no instructions on how to work them. There are 10 patterns in the book and multiple fillings are used in each one. Techniques for the patterns vary and include the following; Tape, Duchesse, Rosaline, one Cantü pattern, and one pattern that is straight Mimosa. The various fillings used in the book are Virgin ground, Honeycomb, Bohemian square ground, Tulle ground, Plaited star ground, and Brussels ground. So some knowledge of various techniques and fillings will be a must to work the patterns.

However, the explanation of Mimosa lace is very useful in the first portion of the book and some of it is very clear on how to work Mimosa, which will be very helpful with working some of the patterns in the Pizzo di Cantü pattern packs that are still available since I can only sort of make out some of the Italian ;)  - review by Christine McKnight

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 28, 2014 at 3:40pm

Has anyone seen any of the Scheeberger books listed above? If you can you write us a review: # of patterns, are diagrams and explanations clear, in color or black & white, publication dates, are patterns progressive.

Comment by Peggy Lagodny on October 22, 2012 at 3:28pm

Oops...forgot to add the publication date on Carolina's books...2003 and 2005 respectively

Comment by Peggy Lagodny on October 22, 2012 at 3:16pm

3 books on Hinojosa...

EL ENCAJE DE HINOJOSA - HISTORIA Y TECNICA (HINOJOSA LACE - HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE) by Marina Regueiro.  Published by Raices 2011

The first part of this book is a wonderfully illustrated history of Hinojosa lace, written in Spanish, French, English and German.  The second part is technique, braids and patterns.  Good diagrams, with good explanations of curves, and beautiful patterns.

SPANISH BRAID LACE "WITCH STITCH" 1 and SPANISH BRAID LACE "WITCH STITCH" 2 by Carolina de La Gaurdia

Self published by Carolina.  The first book has a section on technique, followed by braids and patterns.  The second book is mainly braids and patterns.  The patterns are her own design and are incredibly beautiful.

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