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Comment by Maribel Albert on May 17, 2019 at 3:36am

Bolilleras # 28 pecial fans and accessories, we have as guest in this issue of the school of Merletto di Sansepolcro in its program of collaboration with the magazine Anna Capozzi.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 10, 2016 at 2:37pm


Thanks for the book reviews and the information about your magazine. All is useful information.


Comment by Maribel Albert on June 10, 2016 at 2:04am

Bolilleras Magazine

There   are   four   issues   annually .  Fully  didactic,  our  aim  is  to  bring  the teaching  of  lace  to  those  places  where  there  is  no  access,  in  a convenient  and  practical  way,  linked  to  new  technologies.  Are published  in  various  formats:  Printed  or  Pdf,languages: English and Spanish.

Comment by Maribel Albert on June 10, 2016 at 1:56am

El ret-fi Catalá o puntes d'Arenys

authors: Lola Simarro and  Núria Marot

Ed. Llibres the Set-ciències Els.

Publication on the ret fi, a characteristic type of lace Arenys de Mar. This book also provides background patterns Marès Museum Punta for the realization of various samples.

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Comment by Maribel Albert on June 10, 2016 at 1:46am

For traditional lace Gallego (Spain) I recommend the following catalog is free edition

Raizame do encaixe Galego

This sampler seeks to recover, unite and make available to all lacemakers forgotten techniques and models, with so as not to lose, since many of them "die" with the few old ladies who still remember how to work them. This loss would be irreparable because all the drawings and the less contaminated techniques are the characteristics that make the Galician lace and giving it an identity.

Author: Conception Canoura Leira
Publisher: Xunta de Galicia

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Comment by Maribel Albert on June 10, 2016 at 1:40am

For the technique of Spanish lace Hinojosa I recommend the following book

Hinojosa Lace - History & Technique

by Mariña Regueiro

ISBN: 978-84-86115-71-5

240 pages - Hardback

English, Spanish, French and German text

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on July 20, 2015 at 5:46pm

Has anyone seen this Flanders book?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on July 19, 2015 at 11:18pm

Early Laces - a series of 3 books, by Gil Dye.


These 3 small books are a joy to read. They are filled with history, as well as photos, patterns, and working diagrams.  They are great to just sit and read, besides making the lace from her patterns.

Mrs Dye has studied the Early Laces in collections, museum, and Portrait paintings, and has reproduced the lace as closely as possible.  She has even made her own spangles, (sequins) to try to replicate the lace decorations as closely as possible.

She refers to Le Pompe, and New Modelbuch, and has worked lace from their patterns, too.

Pictures of the original lace, and a bit about it is with each pattern and working diagram, and the back pages of the book are filled with prickings of similar laces.

Her prickings are precise, and her working diagrams are very clear.

If you are interested in the Early Laces, then these books are gems.

A 4th book has just been published, but I have not got that one – yet!. 


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on July 19, 2015 at 11:16pm

The Borris Lace Collection. A Unique Irish Needlelace.



By Marie Laurie and Annette Meldrum.



This is a soft covered book published by Sally Milner Publishing company, and is in the Milner Craft series.

Borris is a small Georgian town in Ireland where they made a form of Tape lace. The industry ran from 1846, to the 1960, when it petered out, and unsold stock, patterns etc were stored away in Borris House, the home of the Kavanagh family – to whom the book is dedicated.

The text is very readable, and the introduction tells how 2 Aussie lacemakers became involved in its “discovery”.

Part 1 tells of the history surrounding the lace, and the town, and is illustrated with photos of pieces of lace, and old family photos. There is an interesting chart, naming the pieces of lace,, the cost, the lacemakers name, and her age!  6 yards of  No. 40 edging paid 9/- (9 shillings!!)

Part 2 explains the lace features, and unique techniques, - again well illustrated with photos.

Part 3 has projects to work with patterns and instruction, working diagrams,  and clear photos of completed pieces.

The text throughout the book is excellent, and the book is hard to put down!

It is beautifully published on glossy paper, with the complete catalogue of the 72 pieces of Borris lace  at the back,  followed by an index, and biographies of the 2 authors.

This is a “Must have” book for anyone interested in needlelace, and will be a boon to the library.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on July 19, 2015 at 11:14pm

Antique Lace Patterns.


This is an A4 sized soft cover book of about 48 pages, with a 5 page introduction, and a bibliography.

The author is a free-lance artist, designer and illustrator,  who is also involved with the International Design Library. She has a special interest in Decorative Arts and Needlework designs.


I believe the designs are her drawings of the lace in various Museums and collections.

Grounds are generally not shown – except for some needlelaces when she shows the bars (brides or legs).

The front and back covers are shown as completed lace, and in colour, but the patterns are in black and white, and both cover patterns are inside the book.


If you are good at drawing up patterns and working out the grounds you will have a lot of inspiration from this book, but it is not for the novice who needs a proper pricking to work from.


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