'A Beginners Guide to Techniques through Traditional Patterns' by Louise West
GB, Louise West Lace Design, 2020
96 pages, DIN A4
This book covers the basic techniques for lacemakers new to Buckinghamshire Point Ground lace, more commonly shortened to Bucks Point lace. It assumes knowledge of the preparation of the equipment, pattern and basic stitches of bobbin lace, but gives the absolute basics to get you started in this traditional English lace, through a series of traditional designs. The book contains 15 patterns with detailed instructions, and 3 additional patterns without instructions.
Bucks point is a bobbin lace from the East Midlands in England. "Bucks" is short for Buckinghamshire, which was the main centre of production. The lace was also made in the nearby counties of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Bucks point is very similar to the French Lille lace, and thus is often called English Lille.
It is also similar to Mechlin lace and Chantilly lace.
Although Buckinghamshire was a centre of English lacemaking from as early as the 16th century, the styles of the lace made would have varied at different periods, reflecting what was fashionable at the time. The style referred to as Bucks Point lace did not appear until the end of the 18th century. It seems to have been based on contemporary Mechlin lace, but with Mechlin ground replaced by a simpler point ground to give a lighter lace as had become popular at the time.
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