Recommended Books

About distinctions between the regional-national versions of point ground laces:

OIDFA, POINT GROUND LACE, A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY, 2001

Ulrike Lohr  THE GRAMMAR OF POINT GROUND, which often shows the different techniques and what the outcome is within the point ground laces.  It explains the outcome of all variations by thread diagram, photos and patterns.  Ulrike's book explains how to wind several strands together for the gimp if you have not done that before.  

POINT GROUND LACE   Livre publié avec l'aide des agences Européennes Socrates, laces of 5 countries, in 6 languages. 160 pages.   Might be considered a followup to the OIDFA booklet.

This next one is not a book, but another way to learn the whole series on your own

IOLI Point Ground Lace Proficiency Program.  General description of contents as of April 15, 2012 (there may be some deviations)--there are 4 Bucks patterns, 3 Tonder patterns, 1 Chantilly, 1 polychrome,and 1 blonde pattern in the Point Ground journal. The difficulty increases with each pattern within Bucks and Tonder. There are 2 different paths for Chantilly-blonde- polychrome; you may chose patterns by Ulrike Voelker or Lia Baumeister. I think all are samples with the exception of a Bucks hexagon. More than one national tradition - yes, English, Danish and French. The registration fee is $25.  If you submit a portfolio for assessment , the fee is $150.

All French Point Ground Laces

 Florence Quinette, Dentelle de Normandie   Bayeux | Blonde | Chantilly | Courselles, 2012.  Available through amazon.de.      The book is in French and english. History part to begin.  Technical drawings of how to work the gimps an the special Star crossings with 6 and 8 pairs. She tells you where and how to ad or remove pair with in the motiv. Each pattern has a photo from the finished lace and a colored technical drawing to each pattern. that shows you all the difficulties inthis type of lace.  I think it is a nice book for self teaching .

Claudette Bouvot and Chantal Hervieux-  SYMPHONIE EN DENTELLE POLYCHROME (with a lot of models from easy ( 1st level)  to difficult  ( 4th level) ). 36 € + post charge 170 pages, 300 photos, history, technical, 35 examples.

Claudette et Michel BOUVOT et Suzanne RAZEWSKI... Paru en 2007, BLONDES - CHANTILLY ET CAEN

Karen Blum POINT GROUND, TECHNIQUES AND PATTERNS, CHANTILLY BLONDE AND POLYCHROME

and there is also a new book from Florence Quinette. ( you can find it on her website   “Dentelle au fil de l’Aure”)

Mick Fouriscot and Mylene Salvador LA DENTELLE DE BAYEUX, Editions Didier Carpentier   I haven't seen it, but the others in this series are quite good. In French.

Bayeux - patterns

Blonde - learn

Lia Baumeister BLONDE 2009.  Explains how to make Blonde.  The book has both simple and complex patterns.

Claudette & Michel Bouvot DENTELLES NORMANDES, LA BLONDE DE CAEN, Charles Corlet, 1997.  Mostly a book about the history of bobbin lacemaking in the district, good photos of about 3 dozen historic examples.  Small how-to section at the end.  English translation available.

DENTELLES ET BLONDES CAEN ET COURSEULLES, published Cabourg 2009 

Blonde - patterns

 

Chantilly - learn

Lia Baumeister CHANTILLY TECHNIEK EN PATRONEN  (I'm not sure if this is the book published by the Stichting Nederlandse Kantopleiding.)

Lia Baumeister-Jonker CHANTILLY, self publ, Amsterdam 2005.  16 pages, 6 patterns from basic geometric to a flower.  Explains everything, including star crossing, storing threads with the gimp, how many twists where.

Ulrike Löhr SCHWARZARBEIT, 1996, Zeller, Bremen   114 pages, German and English.  Mostly her reconstructions of highly complex laces.  Many technical drawings at the beginning of the book to suggest solutions, adding pairs, storing pairs, gimp loop.  Simplest is a flower with 2 leaves.  

Ulrike Voelcker  Schwarzarbeit Band 2 printed in 2007

Chantilly - patterns

Ulrike Loehr SCHWARZARBEIT, 1996.  Many wide, complicated antique laces diagrammed and photographed.  One relatively simple practice pattern at the beginning.  A treasure trove, but not for the faint hearted.

Spanish Point Ground Lace

Dolores Simarro Kaiser & Nuria Adela Marot Diaz EL "RET-FE" CALA O PUNTES D'ARENYS,1999.  Some pages on technique, some simple patterns, 45 antique patterns.  The laces of Arenys de Mar.

Bucks Point 

Bucks Point - learn

Geraldine Stott, VISUAL INTRODUCTION TO BUCKS POINT LACE, Batsford, London, 1985.  I think this is the best teaching book.  Good diagrams and explanations of the various elements.  Begins at the very beginning.

DVD:   Jean Leader    Intermediate Skills in Bucks Point Lace, 2009 Hensel Productions; about $80. Running time: 6.5 hours. You have to have some beginning Bucks skills already, like point ground, picots, and honeycomb.  Several projects.  Prickings and charts are included. Shows a variety of skills, first on a big diagram, then goes over them on the pillow.  You can see very clearly what she's doing. Worth the $$.   See Joan's comment of April 15, 2012 for full details of her review.

Jean Leader INTRODUCTION TO BUCKS POINT LACE. publ by The Lace Guild.

Alexandra Stillwell ALL ABOUT MAKING FLORAL BUCKS POINT LACE.2013 It has a series of patterns starting from the simple patterns leading up to more complex patterns. The contents include standard floral Bucks Point, Kat stitch, Regency Point ground lace, very fine floral Bucks point and Black Holey. This is a good addition to the library for anyone who enjoys Bucks Point Lace.

Bucks Point - patterns

Pam Nottingham THE TECHNIQUE OF BUCKS POINT LACE, Larousse, New York, 1981.  Many patterns from easy geometric to luxurious floral.

Geraldine Stott & Bridget Cook 100 TRADITIONAL BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, Larousse, New York 1982

Bridget Cook INTRODUCTION TO BOBBIN LACE PATTERNS, Larousse, New York, 1984.  Many patterns, all with diagrams, from simple geometric to complex floral.

Kathy Corbett BUCKS NO.2 COLLARS AND CUFFS. Self published, no date. Geometric designs.

Alex Stillwell ALL ABOUT MAKING GEOMETRICAL BUCKS POINT LACE 2006

Karen Blum POINT GROUND PATTERNS, ORIGINAL AND TRADITIONAL LACE DESIGNS.

Karen Blum POINT GROUND, TECHNIQUES AND ORIGINAL DESIGNS.

Jenny Brandis wrote a review on these on facebook "3 books on Point Ground lace by Karen Blum that were printed posthumously by her husband and daughter. 
They are lovely books with clear photos, working diagrams and patterns that I would like to suggest you get from your local lace guild or buy direct from the Australian Lace Guild, South Australian Branch.
They cost me $20 Australian each at the OIDFA Congress so there would need to be a postage charge on top, but these books are worth adding to your library."

Joyce Symes FLORAL BUCKS POINT PATTERNS, (edited by Jean Leader), Available from http://www.jeanleader.co.uk/publications/floralbuckspoint.html  Beautiful designs, not particularly easy. For lacemakers with some experience in floral Bucks point.

Tonder

TONDER -  Learn

Inge Skovgaard THE TECHNIQUE OF TONDER LACE. London, Batsford, 1991  "..Best book..for learning Tonder.."   It has a short history and a good explanation of the elements of the lace.  The patterns start out easy and work up to some beautiful, elaborate pieces.  Its also in English!  Unfortunately out of print, but available in the IOLI library.

Karen Trend Nissen KNYPLING 1983, in Danish.

"    KNYPLING 2, 1984

"    KNYPLING 3, 1985

"    KNYPLING 4, 1989

If you want to also design your own Tonder patterns, "Knipling 3" by Karen Trend Nissen has good instruction, nice patterns and excellent ideas for drawing out prickings and diagrams.  The book is in Danish but an English translation is also available. 

Tonder - Patterns

Inge Skovgard TONDERKNIPLINGER and TONDERKNIPLINGER II, in Danish, diagrams are all in black and white.  

"Tonder  Tyl", published by Knipling i Danmark, beautiful patterns, colored diagrams, and a pattern for a lace shawl, belt, and vest.

"Femten Bredere: Tonderkniplinger", published by the Tonder Museum, has nice patterns with good diagrams (in color), but the prickings are all printed on red card stock, which makes them difficult to copy.

Meta Tonder 33 TONDER KNIPLINGER, 1954,  Forlaget Notabene, Copenhagen.  Patterns are in a separate box, printed on brown pricking card.  No patterns in the book, no diagrams.  This is an old fashioned book with verbal instructions, Danish and English. (Don't buy it unless the box of prickings accompanies it.)

SPINDELVAEV OG DROMME by Michael Giusiana and Bobbi Donnelly.  A Tüllspitzen.  June 2013, From the collection of the Museum in Tonder.   25 Tønderspitzenmuster   These were worn by married women in Denmark over the hood.  The book contains narrow pattern of Tønderspitzen (about 2 cm) and some samples 7-9 cm in width.  worked with Egyptian cotton 140/2, -  with 20 or 70 pairs. There is a pricking, an illustration and working drawings for each pattern.  Bound book, 87 pages, text: Danish, English, German

Lacemaking by Diagram by JohanneNyrop-Larsen 3 Languages (the old standard)

Ipswich

"The Laces of Ipswich. The Art and Economics of an Early American Industry, 1750-1840 " by Marta Cotterell Raffel.  

Lots of pictures of pillows, bobbins (very plain), samples of work from the period of the industry, parchments with prickings, some laces with American themes such as the American eagle, account books with the prices of the lace and the amounts the lacemakers were paid.  There are 6 patterns with prickings and beautifully worked samples at the end of the book.

IN THE TRADITION BUT MODERN DESIGNS

Elwyn Kenn POINT GROUND PATTERS FROM AUSTRALIA, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1986.  New designs, traditional style, graceful designs.

E.K LACE, AUSTRALIAN WILDFLOWERS IN POINT GROUND, Kangaroo Press, 1990.

Henk Hardeman TULEKANTPATRONEN, Cantecleer, 1982. Geometric and very angular.

OTHER

Ruth Doepfner-Wettstein,  Tüllgrundspitzen.  Barbara Fay Verlag, 2006, ISBN: 3-925184-94-5      Montse says "I think is a good book, with color diagrams and a lot of instructions."  Languages: German, english, french and italian

Erdmute Wesenberg, Michaels Giusiana, Bobbi Donnelly- Forum alte Spitze POINT DE LILLE - TULL GRUNDSPITZEN AUS DEM ERZGEBIRGE -- Aus dem Nachlass des Spitzenverlegers G.F. Baumann, Schönheide -  published 2014. 84 pages. 49 pattern with coloured drawing. Text in German.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 22, 2015 at 1:49pm

Has anyone seen this book? What can you tell us about them?

POINTE DE LILLE KANT HUIT HET ERZGEBERGTE

This is a book about a specific national tradition for point ground laces, but I don't know any more than that.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 24, 2015 at 12:26am
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 24, 2015 at 12:18am

I was trying to avoid stealing the whole thing, but I forgot that the group she posted it in is not a public group.

"For those of you who may be interested in learning Bucks Point Lace and like the idea of following along at your own pace, the following videos are available on DVD 
Buckinghamshire Point Lace by Bridget Cook (1 DVD)
Using 5 carefully designed and graded patterns this program is a comprehensive introduction to Bucks Point lace. The techniques covered in this two and a half hour program include a thorough introduction to making Point Ground net, the headside and picots, the footside edge with catch pins, honeycomb rings and different ways of working corners. The use of a gimp thread in a variety of situations is clearly explained and pin-by-pin instructions are given for starting and finishing each piece.
Available from:
www.vansciverbobbinlace.com for $55 US
www.cdspringett.co.uk for £30
Intermediate Skills in Bucks Point Lace by Jean Leader (4 DVDs)
Don't miss this fabulous new DVD on Bucks Point. Although the fundamentals are reviewed this comprehensive DVD presumes you already have the basics of Bucks point and picks up at the intermediate level. New techniques include cucumber foot, tallies in point and honeycomb ground, corners, mayflower in honeycomb, starting and finishing a bookmark, gimp fingers, working a hexagon, holes in cloth stitch and headside techniques. This 6 1/2 hour DVD comes with 6 printed pages of patterns and diagrams. There are five patterns that include bookmarks, edgings with corners, a hexagon and circular motif.
Available from:
http://www.henselproductions.com for $70 US
www.vansciverbobbinlace.com for $79.95 US
www.joscolace.com.au for $95 AUD "

a very good Review by Jenny Brandis

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 23, 2015 at 9:24pm

I am not on Facebook so can't get it. What Bucks Pt. DVD is she referring to?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 23, 2015 at 5:14pm

Jenny Brandis just wrote a review of some Bucks Point DVDs on facebook. It is very useful.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on August 27, 2014 at 10:33pm

No, I don't know that book, -- but it looks very good. Point ground type lace (I recently borrowed a book from our Guild Library on Lille lace, and was interested in the little differences in techniques, etc. from Bucks Point.

If you like Point Ground - go for it! the couple of designs on the cover look nice.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 27, 2014 at 4:21pm

Has anyone seen this book?  https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BQbQ638TLWE/TGfSDbLDLBI/AAAAAAAA...  

Mick Fouriscot DENTELLE DE LILLE DU PUY

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on January 3, 2014 at 3:32pm
Comment by Maureen Bromley on December 29, 2013 at 5:22am

With regard to Alex Stillwell's book All about making - Floral Bucks Point, I meant to also say that all the different chapters on the different laces not only have projects for the patterns shown but also gives details of the thread used, both written and diagrams for working the different techniques and clear and concise pictures of the finished item.  At the end of the book, there is a chapter dedicated to the subjects of threads, pins and bobbins used.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 28, 2013 at 3:32pm

Maureen

Thanks for the review.  I have added your comments to the entry on the list above.  It is very useful to have a description.

Comment by Maureen Bromley on December 28, 2013 at 10:33am
A new Bucks Point book by Alexandra Stillwell called All about making - Floral Bucks Point Lace which became available in October 2013. It has a series of patterns starting from the simple patterns leading up to more complex patterns. The contents include standard floral Bucks Point, Kat stitch, Regency Point ground lace, very fine floral Bucks point and Black Holey. This is a good addition to the library for anyone who enjoys Bucks Point Lace.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 31, 2013 at 11:33pm

Michelle:  thank you.

Comment by Michelle Chase on August 31, 2013 at 7:59pm
"Spindelvaev og Dromme" is "Spiderweb and Dreams" in English. Michael Giusiana arranged to photograph the Tonder cross cloths (lace outer bonnets) from the Museum Sonderjylland Kulturhistorie Tonder in Denmark. Bobbi Donnelly did the reconstructions and Nancy Carnegie made the laces. The book, in Danish, German, and English has an interesting history of Danish cross cloths and includes 10 cross cloths with 25 laces. The patterns include photographs, prickings and color working diagrams. The laces include both simple edgings and wide edgings and insertions, ranging from 28 to 168 bobbins. All are done in 140/2 Egyptian cotton with 50/2 Fresia linen for gimp. The photographs and diagrams are clear and the laces are very nice. This would be a good addition to your library.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 31, 2013 at 3:22pm

I just learned of a new Tonder book by Michael Giusiana: SPINDELVAEV OG DROMME.  I have added it to the book list, but don't really know anything about it.  If someone has seen it, please write us a book review.  Or does anyone know of other books we might have missed?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 16, 2013 at 2:48pm

Patti: thanks for the details.  I've added your comments above.

Comment by Patty Dowden on April 16, 2013 at 7:19am

The book "The Laces of Ipswich" has the subtitle "The Art and Economics of an Early American Industry, 1750-1840".  So the book looks at the issues that were answered by an American lace industry.

Lots of pictures of pillows, bobbins (very plain), samples of work from the period of the industry, parchments with prickings, some laces with American themes such as the American eagle, account books with the prices of the lace and the amounts the lacemakers were paid.  

There are 6 patterns with prickings and beautifully worked samples at the end of the book.

The Ipswich laces were worked in black thread much of the time and used various grounds including kat stitch, a CTT pin CTT (honeycomb stitch) worked on a 45 degree ground and a ground derivative of the Brussels ground with 2 CT and 2 twists at the pin.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 16, 2013 at 12:33am

The Raffel book on Ipswich laces:  can anyone tell me the content?  Is it the history of bobbin lace in the region, patterns, instructions on how-to, and account of the lace making business there?

Comment by Manie Kriel on March 6, 2013 at 10:59pm

That is bad, I will be looking around. Thanks for the trouble!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 6, 2013 at 3:43pm

Manie

Bad news.  I searched through all my point ground patterns and did not find the one you are interested in.  Apparently that is one that Doris never gave me.  Since I did the photography in 86' of 87' whatever book it came from must have been published before 1987.  I do know that some came from early OIDFA magazines.  Many of the best had Danish writing on them, but no indication of source.  I think these latter may have been purchased in Denmark by someone who gave copies to Doris.  So one place to look would be online Danish bobbin lace pattern sellers.  Doris died last year.  Whoever inherited her lace paraphernalia has the pattern.  One hopes her stuff didn't get thrown out.

Comment by Manie Kriel on March 6, 2013 at 1:35am

Thanks a lot, I would love to attempt it!

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