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50 New Bobbin Lace Patterns
Claire Burkhard

50 New Bobbin Lace Patterns was originally published in 1993. It is a collection of contemporary patterns for many uses. The chapters are divided into Lace to Wear, Lace for a Window, Lace for a Table, and Small Presents. This is a very accessible book for any level of lace maker. Only Torchon and tape lace techniques are needed to make any of the patterns in this book.

There are a number edgings suitable for mats and handkerchiefs. There are a lot of patterns that use natural themes such as birds, fish, the sun, a waterlily, butterflies, leaves, and, of course, flowers. Other patterns include hearts and some dwarfs. The wearable lace includes a few collars and edgings for a christening gown. The final pattern is a maze that looks fun to work.

One thing that I like about this book is that there are ideas to expand the use of the lace. For example, there is a window pattern with butterflies that is then worked as a shawl pattern.

I know that I have used my copy multiple times. I still have my little men in my lace book. It continues to be a book that I look at when I want a simpler project that will be fun to make. It doesn’t get old. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Submitted by Sharon Sacco

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