Lace, Lace, Lace

Irene Buckland’s “little book” with her handwritten tatting instructions and samples. All photos by Joe Coca.

Irene Buckland’s “little book” with her handwritten tatting instructions and samples. All photos by Joe Coca.

If ever there is a PieceWork issue that I look forward to, it has to be the annual May/June Lace issue. I know that I am not alone! This yearly commemoration of all things lace began in 2008, and we just released our 9th issue. To celebrate, we have curated a digital collection of the first eight years for you to enjoy.

As you may have heard us gush before—we here at PieceWork love lace! The third annual issue from May/June 2010 is a prime example of what makes this publication so very special. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, do needle lace, or embroider, this issue does not disappoint. It is packed with features and projects that enhance our understanding of this ethereal art form and its extensive history.

Mary Polityka Bush’s Dresden lace gift bag.

Mary Polityka Bush’s Dresden lace gift bag.

During the warmer months, I am a huge lace knitter. From Mary Frances Wogec’s knitted lace bag inspired by the designs of master lace knitter Herbert Niebling to the three reproduction bonnets by Henny Abbink, Anke Grevers, and Connie Grevers—this issue has plenty to keep my needles clicking! If a needle and floss is more your speed, Mary Polityka Bush’s Dresden lace gift bag is a wonderful example of lacy pulled work. Any of these projects would make a great gift. Or, be inspired to create your own lace-sample book, just like the one created by Irene Buckland with its handwritten tatting instructions and samples.

Three reproduction bonnets by Henny Abbink, Anke Grevers, and Connie Grevers.

Three reproduction bonnets by Henny Abbink, Anke Grevers, and Connie Grevers.

All of this and more is waiting to be explored in the PieceWork Lace Digital Collection. Enjoy all eight issues that revel in the magic and wonder of this exceptional textile, just as they were published, but in a handy digital download format.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth

Collection lace issues 2008-2015