The Identification of Lace

January 7, 2010


While not my favorite book on this subject, The Identification of  Lace does have some good features. Originally published in 1980, Pat Earnshaw’s book was updated in 1994 and republished in 2000. One of the things I do like about this book is that Earnshaw has written an excellent history of lace; pinpointing its’ place in society and how  lace has changed with the times. She also organizes the book by dividing it into four sections based on the four ways lace is made (e.g. embroidered, needlepoint, bobbin and machine/craft). I found the information on machine made lace very interesting as Earnshaw goes into great detail about the specifics of this method of production.

This book can be found in specialty shops and through the usual on-line retailers.