A Lace Labor of Love

Learn how to stitch this beautiful serpentine lace in the style of Mary Schiffmann!

Serpentine lace. Photos by Joe Coca.

For Mary Schiffmann (1908–1996), lace knitting was indeed a labor of love. Frequent PieceWork contributor Nancy Nehring detailed Mary’s lace knitting life in an Interweave book that was published in 1998. We are delighted to announce that portions of that book are now available as a new PieceWork eBook: Mary Schiffmann’s Lacy Knitting!

We love the look of this simple Diamond Doily. Learn how to make your very own!

Diamond Doily

For the eBook, Nancy follows Mary’s 10-week knitting class for which Mary “… selected the laces to teach progressively more challenging skills….” Nancy includes patterns for these 10 laces–plus 11 more–along with complete written instructions, charts, and a sprinkling of “Mary’s Teaching Notes.”

Nancy shares her thoughts on Mary in her introduction to Mary Schiffmann’s Lacy Knitting:

“I first met Mary Schiffmann in 1994 at a meeting of the Lacy Knitters, a group she had cofounded to promote lace knitting by collecting, cataloging, and making available old knitted lace patterns. Mary had collected more than 500 patterns in her lifetime. Mary’s joy was collecting patterns. Mary was constantly trying out new ideas, combining different stitches and modifying patterns. Knitting was not static to her.”

Want to get started lace knitting? This gorgeous lace edging is perfect for kicking off your lacemaking journey!

Fagot and Diamond Edging.

Whether you are just beginning or have lots of expertise with lace knitting, this eBook will provide you with hours of delight. Begin your own lace labor of love!

If you are lucky enough to live in California’s Bay Area, The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale is hosting a book release party for our Mary Schiffmann’s Lacy Knitting eBook on June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Knitted samples that are included in the book will be on display, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet Nancy Nehring! For more information, visit www.thelacemuseum.org or call (408) 730-4695. (Our thanks to The Lace Museum for organizing this special event.)

Happy lace knitting!