Beginner’s Guide to Bobbin Lace
by Gilian Dye & Adrienne Thunder
Soft cover, colour throughout, 80 pages
Price <$30, I purchased mine through CanDo Books. I bought mine at their shop at the Canberra craft fair recently, at their usual discounted price. Available from Book Depository, I believe.
I did not buy this book when it first came out, as I understood it was just for beginners. But seeing it for sale at the craft fair, I couldn’t resist.
I can recommend it as an excellent book for raw beginners – it is full of clear, colour photographs of things like how to start a bookmark at a point, and how to finish off with a point. As well as the Bookworm and bookmarks in the photo above, it includes prickings and instructions for a small purse, two scarves, a small bag and a cushion. The book recommends experimenting with new threads of all sorts – the instructions for the purses and one of the scarves just as for thread “A variety of yarn”.
The book has nowhere near the information contained in Rosemary Shepherd’s “Introduction to Bobbin Lacemaking” – for example, it doesn’t even get into the subject of proper footsides – however it is a wonderful introduction to bobbin lace, and a great starting point to get people started, and encourage them to go further. My two new ladies are very excited about it, and already have their own copies!