Review: A Gathering of Lace

A Gathering of lace 9781893762244 by Meg Swansen is a nice book. Unfortunately, I was expecting to REALLY like it, but I only like it, so I feel oddly disappointed. Meg Swansen collected lace patterns from about 30 designers. There are quite a few patterns in the books: 5 triangular shawls, 2 rectangular shawls, 9 circular shawls, 3 square shawls, 2 shrugs, 2 vests, 6 pullovers, 2 jacket/cardigans, 2 hats, 1 doily, 1 “tabard”, 1 pair of gloves, 3 pairs of socks, 2 purses, 1 pinafore and 2 pillows.

However, few of the items are things I would actually like or could picture making for someone. At this time, shawls are not part of my wardrobe, so I am drawn to relatively few shawl patterns. I have also determined that I don’t like shawls made at a heavy gauge, but I’m also not sure I really like the very fine Shetland lace. However, even the socks failed to really grab me. They are nice enough, but they just didn’t yell “make me”.

I think DJ should look for the book in her library and see if there is anything that leaps out to her that also isn’t marked as really hard, because I could see making her something (like the Faroese shawl or the Picture hat or the Rose lace vest).

Rating: 3


3 thoughts on “Review: A Gathering of Lace

  1. Thanks for reviewing this book. I’ve browsed through it at the book store a couple of times, but I couldn’t make up my mind about it. Looking at the photos again, I think that the reason it doesn’t grab me is that I can’t see myself wearing anything like those fashions. Or you either, WK. Maybe it’s just the expression on the model’s face, as she seems way to pleased with herself. Anyhow, thanks for reviewing this one. Even though I do want to knit some lacy things, I think I’ll give this book a miss.

  2. There are much easier lace patterns than these. I think the real problem is that they want to be crochet patterns–let’s face it the hat looks like a TABLECLOTH.Since I have a fabulous, huge new office to play with I now realize the usefulness of shawls. My office is very cold, and the only way to adjust the temperature is to pull the thermostat off the wall…loose screws do the trick!

  3. Hi Nice Blog .The independent Wedding Reviews store can’t offer the same size product selection because they don’t have the finances. The chain stores have better real estate, better product selection, and more money for advertising.

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