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Celebrate Your Freedom: Learn About Forbidden Lace

Imagine a World Where Lace is Illegal…

Sound like fiction? It’s not – many times throughout history sumptuary law has prohibited the making, importing, or wearing of lace.

Learn more about this oft-forbidden treasure, including how to make it, with these books. Then join us at the Westover Branch Library on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30  to hear local author Iris Anthony talk about her historical novel, The Ruins of Lace.


Introduction to Bobbin Lace Patterns
by Bridget M. Cook

For the serious lace maker, every page includes a pattern you can trace, copy, and follow to make your own beautiful lace creations.



Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking
by Doris Southard

True to form, this book published by Dover will expose you to a little history, give you background on techniques and materials, and provide instructions for even beginning lacemakers.



Ruins of Lace
by Iris Anthony

Step back into 17th Century France and read about two women who dabbled in the forbidden world of lace, each for a reason of her own. Then come hear the author speak.



Made with Lace: 40 Exquisite Lace Garments and Accessories
by Ginny Barnston

This author claims the art of lacemaking is fairly simple. Give one of the 40 step-by-step projects a try and see if you agree!



Victorian Lace Today
by Jane Sowerby

Want to spruce up that scarf or shawl? This book will show you how to do so with lace. You’ll get a brief history lesson and 40 projects. All projects are adapted for modern tools and fiber.


The Life of Objects
by Susanna Moore

Drawn by a mysterious countess into the Berlin household of an aristocratic couple, Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting on the eve of World War II.




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