From common domestic doilies to custom European tablecloths exquisitely adorned with hand embroidery and lace, white linens are shown in great variety here. Organized alphabetically, beginners, collectors, and discerning decorators all can easily find information and identify variations from handmade knit lace to machine-made eyelet embroidery.
Marsha L Manchester
Brand: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very good "value guide", and speaks to the common person on a "Budget"! Many of the reference guides seem to be addressed toward people who can only afford the crem de la crem, if you will, in the world of this "Gentle Art". I have now been able to put a name to many of the pieces in my vast collection of over 7,000. The one thing I feel this Reference and Value Guide lacks is a more detailed description of the work in the pieces and more History. For those of us who want to know the three "W's", the Why's, When's and the What's, and also the How's of the Linen and Lace World, more information is needed. Or when we know more about an individual piece, the fourth "W", kicks in and we we wonder Where the information is. Or once again, Why it is missing " Inquisitive minds like mine are always wanting to know as much as possible, and Learn, Learn, Learn! I don't agree with everything in this book, but...
This book has great pictures and examples of various linens, but there is not enough explanation on what the characteristics are that differentiate one lace from another. Great for general examples, but anyone interested in becoming a serious collector will need more.
Vintage White Linens is a valuable resource for anyone interested in collecting antique and vintage linens. The book describes various types of embroidery and lace techniques as well as an alphabetical listing of the descriptors commonly used for linens.
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