Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann

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An eclectic collection of lace patterns and short stories about knitting, this book reveals the tales told by Mary Schiffmann to Nancy Nehring. Schiffmann was one of the founding members of the Lacy Knitters, a national guild for lace knitting, and she made collecting lace patterns her life's work. The book begins with Schiffmann developing her knitting skills as the daughter of missionaries in Japan, then continues with further anecdotes and memories from a life of knitting. Each interesting episode is...
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1998 Paperback New 188301042x. Brand new book. No marks. History, charts, photos and complete instruction. Mary Schiffmann--a founding member of the Lacy Knitters--was a ... tireless collector of lace patterns and a delightful storyteller about her life and craft. For this book, needle arts historian Nancy Nehring has lovingly collected Mary's knitting legacy and accounts of her life. Veteran lace knitter Pat Shannon has charted and knitted Mary's patterns with thoughtful appreciation. Read more Show Less

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An eclectic collection of lace patterns and short stories about knitting, this book reveals the tales told by Mary Schiffmann to Nancy Nehring. Schiffmann was one of the founding members of the Lacy Knitters, a national guild for lace knitting, and she made collecting lace patterns her life's work. The book begins with Schiffmann developing her knitting skills as the daughter of missionaries in Japan, then continues with further anecdotes and memories from a life of knitting. Each interesting episode is accompanied by a lace pattern that Schiffmann collected during her fascinating life. The patterns are presented with both row-by-row instruction and in charted form. Projects include towels, handkerchiefs, a sweater, and a christening gown.
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Mary Schiffmann (1908-96) was an indefatigable collector of lace patterns for knitting. Such was her enthusiasm that she once purchased plastic doilies pressed from knitted lace originals and managed to decipher instructions for re-creating the originals in cotton thread. She was also a cofounder of the Lacy Knitters, a national group working to promote the preservation and cataloging of old knitted lace patterns. This book offers both her reminiscences on her work and a collection of her patterns and teaching notes. Patterns include a photograph of each item plus written and charted directions. Highly recommended for textile collections and public libraries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781883010423
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Nehring is the author of numerous craft books, including 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, Hairpin Lace Afghans, and Ribbon Trims.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Great knitted lace pattern resource!

    This book presents many interesting patterns- everything from doilies to lace edgings. While I haven't tried any patterns yet, the charts appear very "doable", and I am looking forward to some free time to start one of these projects. Just looking at the photos makes me want to get the needles out and start knitting now!

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