Recommended-Books

For torchon bobbin lace books

  • Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder,  BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BOBBON LACE
  • Rosemary Shepherd INTRODUCTION TO BOBBIN LACEMAKING
  • Geraldine Stott's BOBBIN LACE MANUAL is also useful.
  • Lorelei Halley's TORCHON BOBBIN LACE LESSONS, available as a .pdf file
  • Doris Southard ( Doris is a twist crosser, Bridget is a cross twister).
  • Bridget M. Cook THE TORCHON LACE WORKBOOK   

  • Jan Tregidgo,  Torchon Lacemaking A step - by - step guide   It has written instructions, diagrams and colored photos of each step as it introduces new material.  Each pattern is shown completed in solid white and with each bobbin pair a different color so you can see how the threads transverse the pattern.  It also lists variations with photos on how a pattern can be interpreted.

Sue Babbs recommends  BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BOBBON LACE by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder.  It includes only Torchon. Starts with introduction to the necessary equipment, Followed by four strand plait, then 6 bookmarks, all worked in pearl cotton 8.

  • 1 cloth stitch bookworm
  • 2 half stitch bookworm
  • 3 Torchon ground bookmark
  • 4 Torchon bookmark with spiders
  • 5 Torchon bookmark with diamonds
  • 6 Torchon bookmark with trails
  • All the way through these, there are step by step detailed photos.  I think it would be possible to pick up and use this book without a teacher.  It covers moving up, using a block pillow, working a pricking in sections, joining in threads and tension sample.  It ends with patterns and ideas for working in thicker threads – purses, scarves, cushion cover, poncho, wall hanging.  These use the stitches learned in the bookmarks.

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Good books for Cluny are:

  • Mick Fouriscot & Mylene Salvador,  MODELES DE DENTELLES AU FUSEAUX CLUNY,  Editions Didier Carpentier, 1996
  • Annelie van Olffen-Spikermann (She has two.)
  • Paulis & Rutgers, TECHNIQUE AND DESIGN OF CLUNY LACE, 1984, Ruth Bean, (out of print)

Some very good beginning Bedfordshire bobbin lace books are 

  • Margaret Hamer wrote several little pamphlets, the 1st two are Bedfordshire: PILLOW LACE, BOOK I, 1975 and PILLOW LACE BOOK II, 1977.  I found these actually very helpful and worked through all the patterns in the series.
  • Barbara Underwood INTRODUCING TRADITIONAL BEDFORDSHIRE LACE IN 20 LESSONS.  She starts with the basics, but continues into floral Bedfordshire.
  • Pam Robinson A MANUAL OF BEDFORDSHIRE LACE. and 

For bobbin tape lace I suggest:

  • Jennifer Fisher BRAID LACE FOR TODAY is tape lace.  
  • Lorelei Halley  INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN TAPE LACE. 

 Books which  include more than one form of bobbin lace:

  • Pam Nottingham BOBBIN LACE MAKING has tape lace, torchon and Bedfordshire, but begins with tape. 
  • Doris Southard

 

If you want to recommend other books, post a comment and I'll add it to the list.

 

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Comment by Administrator on May 28, 2017 at 6:41pm

Has anyone seen this book? How is it?

Michele Andreu LA DENTELLE AUX FUSEAUX PAS A PAS, INITIATION ET OUVRAGES.

Comment by Olga R Gonzalez on March 26, 2016 at 10:30pm
Thank you!
Comment by Administrator on March 11, 2015 at 6:29pm

Thanks Brenda

Comment by Brenda Tryon on March 11, 2015 at 5:06pm

Torchon Lacemaking A step - by - step guide by Jan Tregidgo   It has written instructions, diagrams and colored photos of each step as it introduces new material.  Each pattern is shown completed in solid white and with each bobbin pair a different color so you can see how the threads transverse the pattern.  It also lists variations with photos on how a pattern can be interpreted.

Comment by Administrator on March 14, 2014 at 2:23pm

Sue: I checked my copy. Page 6 is just text, introductory, no pattern or photo. Which pattern are you working on? Perhaps I can figure it out that way.

Comment by Sue M. on March 13, 2014 at 1:50pm

Does anyone know if there is an errata sheet for Bridget Cook's The Torchon Lace Workbook?   page 6 has beige threads on left going right.   But on my pillow they are on the right to go left.  

Comment by Administrator on January 23, 2012 at 2:22pm

thanks Sue

Comment by Sue Babbs on January 23, 2012 at 8:11am

I would recommend:
"Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace" by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder

It is a fairly new publication last year and is incredibly clear. It covers
equipment and techniques, with photos of each step, and is available from Amazon.

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