For torchon bobbin lace books
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.
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.