Friday, 20 June 2014

It's YDC time again on eBid.

 It's YDC time again on eBid:

YDC (Your Donation Counts) is the monthly round of charity auctions on

This month's featured charity is the 190th Girl Guides, Liverpool, although many other Charities will also be supported.

Please come and join us with YDC122; everyone is welcome :)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Lace and Bobbins - ~ a history and collector's guide

"The pillow-lace maker weaves threads between pins on na cushion, the threads being wound on bobbins, and over a hundred bobbins might be used for the more complex patterns.  Sometimes each bobbin had it's own shape or inscription in the form of a phrase of anguish, love, religious belief, social comment, and so on................... Not surprisingly collecting bobbins is now a recognised field of activity.  In this book the author provides information for the collector of lace bobbins - the different materials from which they were made (bone, wood, pewter, glass, etc), and their different ornamentation and inscriptions.   The author's outline of the history of lacemaking provides the background to enable the reader to understand bobbins more fully."

David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1983 [2nd edition]; Hardback + dust jacket in plastic sleeve; 14cm x 22cm; 188pp;
illustrated with black & white photographs + line drawings; Index; Appendix.

In excellent, unmarked, clean condition with inscription and address label on inside front page.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Lacemaking books

With retirement looming, the time has come to downsize my collection of lacemaking books acquired over the last 25+ years.

And as I no longer teach or make bobbin lace, my books have to go. 

Besides, we have a baby grandson in Australia to visit :)  So I have begun listing them on

Here's a taster of what is available:

Leicestershire Cross Stitch Chart - from the Britain in Stitches series by Susan Ryder at Heritage Stitchcraft

 Coded for D.M.C. Stranded Embroidery Cotton threads.

In good, but used condition, with a few small pen markings on chart.