For those who love hand made lace.
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?
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.