Someone of IOLI told me about 'A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors' by Gertrude Whiting (1920). I can't find who, but thank you! This book has a LARGE number of grounds, with names, photo and instructions. There are editions online, but I found these a little hard to use, as you had to look things up in an index at the back, which gave you the (print) page number, and then had to scroll to find it. But since it's got so much useful stuff, I've copied the pages of Chapter 4 (which covers all these grounds) onto my own website, and indexed it properly. See

Each ground is on a separate page (there are 144 of them!) and there are three indexes.
First index is of the pages in the order in the book, but gives all the ground names for each, in computer text, so they can be searched. (The original online books were pictures, which can't be searched.) Click on page number to go to ground page.
Second index is pictorial - thumbnail pix of each ground. Click on picture to go to ground page.
Third index is alphabetical. Every ground name (and some grounds have several names) are listed in alphabetical order. Click on name to go to ground page.

I'm telling this forum in case anyone would find this indexing of this book helpful. I'm afraid that I've also posted this to the Beginner's forum as well, but I wondered if people interested in lace identification would also find this book useful, especially with my new indexes.

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Brilliant!  Thank you.

I Love the cross & twisting bobbins making the tally!  You are SO clever to get these moving diagrams. Wonderful!!

Thank you. A lot of work which is very much appreciated.

A lot of work went into creating that index. Very useful.

That is wonderful! Thank you for making that effort!

Must have been quite a job. Nevertheless, would it be an idea to add links like for example A5 or directly to the page with thread diagrams? 

I hadn't found the index! I knew the alphabetical one was at the back of the last pdf of the first link, and when using the book, I had to jump from the index to guessing which pdf that page number was in... And pdfs are, frankly, not the best format to use on computers, especially if the pages are picture images as here, since you can't search them - you just have to jump to approximately the right place. Tedious!

I'm glad that she did do a thumbnail index. (I still think that her table started off logical then wandered...) But MY thumbnails are clickable! Which of course she couldn't do. And I've made the thumbnails in more detail. It sometimes curs off relevant bits of the pattern, but generally you get some idea.

Sorry, I don't feel like linking to the thread patterns. Partly because I am exhausted! As people have said, it's quite a lot of work. Figuring out which pattern corresponded to which thread pattern (for 145 patterns!) would be too much for me. And I didn't really want to add to the book, much. I gloss it with my own website - so I point out where my terminology is different, and link to my animations. But I didn't do this with all patterns! Only the ones which I knew.

Anyway, I'm not quite sure about these 'Pricking prototypes'. I'm sure that you can morph lace designs down to a few patterns, but by morphing you have changed something important about the lace. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't find these prototypes immediately obvious, or helpful. There are lots of different ways to make lace "easier to understand". I have been assured by plenty of people that if I used their preferred method, everything would be much easier. Easier for them, perhaps... I have my own techniques to explain, using animations. I have tried to respect Gertrude Whiting's own methods (which obviously exist, from her layout of table), and not impose a different view on top. My own glosses were more "Oh, I call this stitch something different" or "I know how to make this one!". The links I did were to pull together things like different versions of Valenciennes, which she was doing herself, but didn't always mention it.

but by morphing you have changed something important about the lace

That is exactly one of the purposes of GroundForge: make variations on existing grounds. Morphing is one parameter, when following the link to tread/pair diagrams you can vary stitches for a neutral morph. With the thread diagrams you can analyse how threads flow through the ground with some chosen set of stitches. It can reduce tedious experiments but will still need the imagination of a designer.

The subject is wandering off from 'Identification-History' and should be continued on computer-aided-design


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