Lace, Ancient and Modern - Comprising of Its Origin and Manufacture, with Instructions Concerning the Manner of Making It

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Read Books, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 268 pages
LACE, ANCIENT AND MODERN. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF ITS ORIGIN AND MANUFACTURE, WITH INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE MANNER OF MAKING IT. Originally published in 1880. Many of the earliest books on weaving, textiles and needlework, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. PREFACE: LACE and gems are to women what stock and real estate are to men, and are the crowning glory of womans attire but, while many are familiar with facts in regard to gems, few are wise in lace lore, for little has been published upon the subject. The student in lace, therefore, is obliged to pick up a scrap of information here and a crumb there, and usually finds both unsatisfactory. In Europe the love of lace at one time amounted to a passion, which was only broken up by the French Revolution and other European wars. At present lace is again extremely popular, and still growing in favor on both sides of the Atlantic. A history of its origin and manufacture, therefore, will not only prove highly interesting, but will supply a long-felt want, alike to the dealer, the wearer and the student in lace. The author has gleaned from many sources the material for the book. Many interesting facts have been obtained from the work of a deceased English author files of the London, Paris and New York papers reports of the International Exhibitions from various publications deposited in the New York libraries from Madame Carter, teacher of lace-making and from obliging merchants of the Empire City.

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