Title: Tatting In Lace Author/Designer: Mary Konior
Format/Publication Date: HC:1988
Publisher: Dryad Press Ltd., London, UK
Page Count: 120
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2" x 5"
SUMMARY- I paid a lot more for this book than I would ordinarily for any tatting book, and not as much as I should have. When you can find them, they typically go for $80 or more(as of 2014). There are excellent reasons for this. She was a genius at design. Pick up a copy of her easier to find "Tatting With Visual Patterns" and you'll understand immediately what I'm talking about. This book uses an older notation("ds" instead of a number, "p" instead of "-") but isn't hard to follow. Her "How to Tat" chapter is clear and the illustrations are helpful - I think a beginner could actually learn that crucial first 'transfer' of stitch to core thread from her directions. She also covers some of the more advanced stitches in a very clear and concise manner - again with illustrations that make clear what she is talking about. This is a really well balanced book, with a large section of patterns that make me itch to try. I don't care whether you are a beginner or a master, there is a lot to love in these pages. If you find a copy, don't let it get away. You'll be happy you found it.
ps- You may not be as familiar with publishing houses as I am, so I'm going to point out that this is one of three books she published with Dryad Press in the UK. I've learned through experience that any craft book Dryad put its imprint on should be bought immediately. There are those rare publishing houses with an editor with an unerring sense for quality, and Dryad had that. Chilton(in the USA) also had a regretfully short period where they had a craft book imprint and an eye for genius - they didn't just publish car repair manuals! I'm pointing this out because few people pay attention to who the publisher is, and it's often a useful indicator of whether it may be of interest to you since publishers are people - and they buy what they like. While publishers are quite necessary to maintain a certain level of professional quality, they are also responsible for the sifting of talent that reaches the public view - and there's a whole lot more that goes into that sifting process than the quality of the craft book offered. Publishing is a really difficult balancing act and when done well, produces extraordinary results like Dryad Press.
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