For those who love hand made lace.
Lefkaritika, or Lefkara lace, originated in Cyprus and is very similar in many respects to Hardanger. I swore I wasn't going to get into another drawn-thread type of lace (I already do Hardanger), but as with many handmade lace forms, Lefkaritika is a dying art, and I just had to give it a try to help rescue it from obscurity. Haha! Here's a nice introduction by Mary Corbet of the Needle 'n' Thread blog:
I just ordered the book Lefkara Lace Embroidery by Androula Hadjiyiasemi, which seems to be the only book written on the subject. It appears to be out of print, at least in the U.S., so I had to order it from a bookshop in Cyprus. Thankfully it's available in an English edition as well as Greek.
Authentic Lefkaritika from Cyprus is traditionally worked on Irish linen evenweave, usually in colors ranging from cream to a raw natural, using DMC threads. With Mary's help, I'm looking now for suitable fabric for my first piece. Many of the motifs are very familiar to me from my work on Hardanger. The one part that makes me a little nervous is that, unlike Hardanger, with Lefkaritika you cut and draw the threads FIRST and then do the stitching to bind the openings to keep them from raveling.