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Title: The Wish Booklet: Fashions in Trim, Vol. XXIV
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1983
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 30
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-24-1

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions for making a great many varieties of lace and trim are laid out in this booklet, with some illustration to go with them - just not quite enough. The only photo of any of the trims is the front cover.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating I have never seen this topic covered before, and the amount of information you get here for doing various types of trim is fascinating enough to be worth several bonus stars.

SUMMARY- I had no idea what to expect when I bought this book, but it was Susan Sirkis, and she simply does not do bad books. I'm a veteran tatter, so I was interested to see if she covered this and what she had to say. She never mentioned any of the thread lace(tat, crochet, bobbin/spindle, etc.), but covered all sorts of ribbon and embroidery styles. I'm awed by the amount of research and information she can pack into just 30 pages - my only complaint is that I wished it were twice as long! Okay, maybe two complaints. I really wanted detailed color photos of all the trims she both described and gave instructions for. You can learn a lot from a photograph that may not be clear in an illustration(or the instructions). This booklet was astonishing, and left me wanting more on a subject I had given very little thought to. Ms. Sirkis opened my horizons considerable, and made me want to run out and buy large spools of ribbon to experiment with. So let the buyer beware...this booklet could be addictive.

You can still get Susan's books directly at www.susansirkis.com/wishbooks.htm at $7.95 postage paid - far cheaper than what e-bay sellers are asking for them(usually about double - and you pay for postage on top of that!). They are well worth the investment if you like dressing your dollies in vintage styles!