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Sunday, August 05, 2007

kitty: I have to share two amazing knitting reference

Title: The Needles Excellency: A New Booke wherin are diuers Armirable Workes wrought with the Needle. (Link to the page where you can download a .pdf scan of the book)
Author: Taylor, John
Published: London; James Baler, 1631
Description: 42 pp., 5.8 MB
Subject: Needlework, The Praise of the Needle, Needlework patterns

You really never know what you are going to find when google for historical lace knitting on the internet. Tonight I found a rare treasure posted on Godfrey's Book-fhelf - Facsimiles of books from the 15th through 19th centuries. It looks like a couple of other people are stumbling across this book as well. While Googling I found a link to Iris G Knits who had actually translated one of the poems on her site.

Though the scan is a little hard to read there are certainly some amazing charts and graphs that could be used for your modern day patterns. The thing that I think moved me the most when I just read the book and Iris G's post was Taylor's comment about how miserable life would be without needles.

Another Treasure Link:
On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics at University of Arizona - Digital Archive of Documents Related to Lace

This month alone they have added:

Italian Drawn Work and Antique Filet Lace, Carmela Testa Co. Boston, Mass, 1922
Dillmont, Thérèse de. Filet-Guipure, DMC Library
Youngburg, Nellie Hall. Forty Original Designs in Tatting, 1921

I am so excited to have found these online site I can not tell you!

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