Mme. Lemye’s Lace, Volume 1 by Carol James

Sprang Lace from the Collection of the Art and History Museum, Brussels, Belgium Charts and patterns by Carol James

Sprang is an ancient, nearly global textile method of making cloth, where every row of work results in two rows of mirror-image cloth. A variety of stitches are possible with this technique, including some very lacy stitches.

This is Volume I of a set of books dedicated to the extensive collection of sprang lace in the keeping of the Art and History Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

This volume contains charts and instructions for some 40 sprang lace motifs found in the collection. The first of a series, this volume addresses basic motifs, lacy grids, diamond shapes, zig-zags, flowers and more. There is very little overlap with other books of sprang lace by Carol James.

The book includes a forward by Ria Cooreman, textile curator at the museum. In the forward she recounts the story of this collection, how it came into the hands of the Art and History Museum.

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This book assumes a familiarity with the sprang technique and the interlinking stitch. The user must be able to set up a frame, and work plait and overplait (braiding and follow-up) rows, the basic and double interlinking stitches, as well as a finishing technique. The introduction to the book includes review information on the pattern-writing method, definitions of the plain stitch, edge stitches, and double stitch, as well as the notation abbreviations and chart legend. Should you find yourself in need of basic instruction, I recommend Sprang Unsprung; you may also with to consult my DVD Introduction to Sprang. In addition, you may enjoy access to ongoing support groups and instruction available through my website.

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