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First Book of Modern Lace Knitting

By Marianne Kinzel

Modern, that is, in 1953, when the 'modern woman' loved to 'grace her surroundings with fine needlework.'

A book featuring black and white photos of white tablecloths, curtains and anti-masaccars might seem like an odd choice to be among my favourite design resources but get past the out of date projects and you’ll find a wealth of lace inspiration.

With an exceptional understanding of the importance of the value of negative space in design, Marianne Kinzel’s work combines traditional lace stitches with large flower motifs. Work the tablecloth and runners as written to create beautiful shawls or blankets, or use the book as a resource to expand your knowledge of lace design. Rather unusually for a book of this era the patterns are both written out and clearly charted.