New England
Lace Group

100 Traditional Bobbin Lace Patterns
Geraldine Stott & Bridget Cook

If ever you need Bucks Point patterns, this book is a treasure for you. It is not the book for a first-time student learning Bucks Point since there are no basic instructions on how to make point ground, honeycomb ground, how to pass a gimp, or even how to make a picot. This book expects that the reader has some experience with Bucks Point or other point ground lace.

However, once the reader has had some experience with point ground laces, this is a wonderful collection of patterns. It covers a lot of territory. The simplest pattern requires only 10 pairs. The last, most complex pattern will require 88 pairs.

For those who have only experienced lace books since the start of the widespread availability of computers in our lives, know that this book was published in 1982. In those days, most commercial drawings were rendered by draftsmen with rulers, compasses, and French curves. In looking at the working diagrams and the patterns, you will notice that neither Stott nor Cook were experienced in drafting. These are hand drawn diagrams as you can tell from the wiggling. The patterns suggest that they may have been taken directly from older patterns since the pin holes are not equidistant.