A friend has been asked to make a presentation about the history of lacemaking. She asked about reference books for her preparation.  

My suggestion is An Early Lace Workbook by Rosemary Shepherd.  

What books do you recommend?

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I've got a little on my website:

Quotes about lacemaking (from Shakespeare etc)
http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/quotes.htm

Paintings of lacemakers
http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/paint.htm

They are all dated, as far as I could. The paintings show pillows and bobbin style.

 Lace in Fashion - Pat Earnshaw

An Illustrated Guide to Lace by Emily Reigate,

and of course - Lace - a History.  by Santina Levey.

The 2nd & 3rd ones I mentioned are full of photos!!!!

The best, most scholarly, presentation of lace history and lacemaking history is Santina Levey's LACE A HISTORY. Your friend would probably need to order it on interlibrary loan.

The earliest form of lacemaking is knotted square netting. It uses the same knot as fishnets. Levey has a painting in her book showing that type  of lace on a woman, 16th c, I think.

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