Monday, November 15, 2010


A beautiful and very interesting book by Donna Druchunas is celebrating the work of Dorothy Reade and the lace knitting itself. So, who is Dorothy Read? To find out you need to read Donna's book where you will find articles and photographs some of which are picturing a beautiful woman spinning, drawing lace charts, and traveling. There are some photos of her work and exhibits in a museum. In short, we are very thankful to Dorothy for her tremendous work on the develoment of lace charts that we now can follow for intricate knitting designs.
The structure of Donna's book is simply brilliant! She begins with historical notes about Dorothy Reade's work and her life. Later she walks us through lace knitting techniques and reading charts. Next we are looking at more than 20 delicate lace designs all using some element or stitch pattern that was used in Reade's projects. Chosen designers had plenty of inspiration from the lace stitch research by Donna Druchunas. Evelyn Clark, Annie Modesitt, Jackie Ericson-Schweitzer, Kristi Schueler, Debbie O'Neill, Marnie MacClean, and more are among the contributing designers for this book.

It is very hard to choose between these unique projects, but I wanted to say about the two of them. One is called Lace and Colorwork Wimple by Annie Modesitt. It is not only beautiful, but it is also very creative. Annie used the chart for lace part of this head covering and added a colorwork based on the same chart.

The other one is called Lace Mesh Triangular Shawl by Evelyn Clark. It is almost a replica of Dorothy Reade's shawl that was displayed in a museum.

In summary: this is another great book by Donna Druchunas and I am in awe of the amount of work that went into it. Well done, Donna.

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