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Liebenauer Spitzen an norddeutschen Hauben

Liebenau Laces on Northern German caps

96 pp., Hardback, in German, English and French; Price € 22

This is the latest publication from the OIDFA German Work Group. The first part of the book gives details of the Liebenau region and the development of the lace style used on the caps. There are 18 patterns (14 Point Ground and 4 Flemish) all with detailed working diagrams using the International Colour Code. Information is given on the thread and number of pairs required. In addition there are colour photographs of the caps and black and white photographs of the carefully reconstructed lace, some of which have had corners added.

4Oth Anniversary Pattern Collection of the International Bobbin Lace and Needle Lace Organisation
Collection de modèles du 40e anniversaire de l’Organisation Internationale de Dentelle aux Fuseaux et à l’Aiguille
60 pp., Softback, in English and French; Price € 20

The publication celebrates the 40th anniversary of OIDFA which was established in France in 1982. The publication includes 29 lace patterns representing a wide variety of types of lace and skill levels.

Um Kopf und Hals: Spitzen an Tüchern aus der Fränkischen Schweiz

For Head and Neck: Lace on Scarves from Franconian Switzerland

96 pp., Hardback, in German, English and French; Price € 20

This is the fifth and most recent publication from the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in German Folk Costumes’. It deals with head-and-shoulder scarves that are part of the traditional costume of Effeltrich, a Northern Bavarian village in a region known as Franconian Switzerland because of its scenic beauty. There are 14 patterns with diagrams in colour, and corners have been added for some of the patterns. It includes many photos showing how the scarves were worn, and others comparing old lace and modern reconstructions.

Marken : Kanten aan het kostuum

Marken: Laces to the costume

50 pp., Softback, in Dutch, English and French; Price €15

This, the latest publication of the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in Dutch Folk Costumes’, describes the lace on the costumes of Marken — a small island in the ‘Ijsselmeer’ to the northeast of Amsterdam. On Marken there are traditional costumes for many occasions: everyday summer and winter clothes, Sunday clothes, costumes for high days and holidays as well as for mourning, in addition to clothes for different age groups. The laces used on caps, shawls and aprons varied depending on what the dealers had available, as Marken did not have its own style of lace. There are coloured illustrations, diagrams and patterns for ten laces together with instructions for making both the caps and the embroidered ribbons and lappets which decorate them.

Point Ground Lace


56 pp., Softback, in English, French and German; Price €10

This is a reprint of the widely acclaimed 2001 publication from the OIDFA ‘Point Ground’ Work Group, involving lacemakers from 13 different countries, and co-ordinated by Pamela Nottingham. It presents a comprehensive description of the comparative study in which what are, at first sight, similar laces are worked in a wide variety of ways. The comparisons of the laces are laid out in tables and diagrams, starting with the material used for the pricking, continuing with the markings on the prickings, the threads used, working methods for headsides, footsides, picots, gimps and tallies, and finishing with details of the fillings. There is also a comprehensive bibliography, details of museums with collections of point ground lace, and an illustration and pricking for each variety of lace.

Kant aan de mutsen van Zuid-Beveland

Lace on the Caps of South Beveland

48 pp., Softback, in Dutch, English and French; Price € 5

This publication of the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in Dutch Folk Costumes’ describes the lace caps of South Beveland — part of the province of Zeeland in the extreme south-west of the Netherlands. Historically the population of this region included both Catholics and Protestants, and the book documents how the women here wore different caps depending on their religion. The caps are illustrated, and details of their washing and dressing provided. Further information about the general costume of both men and women is also given. The final part of the book describes the technique of Beveren lace, with eight patterns, complemented by pictures and diagrams.

Modernisme. Puntes Catalanes, Encajes Catalanes , una nueva visión

Modernisme. Catalan Laces, a new view

72 pp., Hardback, in Catalan, Spanish, English and French; Price € 5

This publication was produced by the OIDFA Study Group ‘Modernisme: Catalan Laces. A New View’. It starts with a short introduction putting Catalan Modernisme in the historical context of the nineteenth century ‘Arts and Crafts’ and the fin-de-siècle Art Nouveau movements. Examples of lace of the period from museums in Catalonia, together with reconstructions of the patterns, occupy much of the book; and also included is an interesting set of early twentieth century patterns on the theme ‘Fruit’. These are complemented by some new lace designs in the Modernisme style, together with a series of contemporary lace pieces depicting details from famous buildings of the Modernisme period. The book is in full colour with patterns and diagrams in both bobbin and needle lace techniques.

De Volendammer hul

The Volendam ‘Hul’

54 pp., Softback, in Dutch, English and French; Price € 5

This was the first publication from the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in Dutch Folk Costumes’ and deals with the traditional high, pointed, lace cap or ‘hul’ for which Volendam — a harbour town 30 km north of Amsterdam — is renown. The book describes the development of the Volendammer hul, describes its different parts, and explains their use. The different types of lace used in the hul are amply illustrated, as is the sewing, starching and washing of the hul. The book also contains the original text of a 1928 Belgian document from the Werkers-Lockefeer Brothers, who were involved in the lace trade.

Schwartz und Weiss — Die Spitze an Dachauer Hauben

Black and White — Lace on the Caps from Dachau

128 pp., Hardback, in German, English and French; Price € 5

This publication from the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in German Folk Costumes’ considers lace on the traditional costumes of Dachau, near Munich. Much of the information about this lace comes from 19th and early 20th century paintings, and the book includes many illustrations of these. It goes on to consider evidence from market records that lace for the Dachau caps originated from Abenberg, 150 km to the north. The title of the book comes from the fact that young unmarried women wore white caps trimmed with white lace, whereas married or older women wore black caps trimmed with black lace. These are described and illustrated in detail. Much of the book is devoted to 23 lace patterns, each with a photograph of the original cap and of the reconstructed lace, a pricking, and a working diagram.

Gold und Seide — Klöppelspitzen an Trachtenhauben aus dem Schwarzwald

Gold and Silk — Bobbin lace on caps from the Black Forest

88 pp., Hardback, in German, English and French; Price € 5

This publication from the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in German Folk Costumes’ deals with the gold lace and embroidery, and the black silk veils found on the traditional caps from the valleys of the river Kinzig and its tributaries in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany. It is illustrated by old postcards and paintings, photographs of old caps and contemporary reproductions, and describes how the costume was affected by the political and religious history of the region. The second half of the book gives technical and historical details of the gold, silver and silk lace; and the final chapter considers the geographical origin of the silk veils. The book includes prickings and instructions for ten of the delicate black silk veils, and two examples of gold lace.

Kostbarkeiten in Blau

Masterpieces in blue

64 pp., Hardback, in German, English and French; Price € 5

This is the first publication from the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in German Folk Costumes’, and deals with the lace found on the traditional blue clothing in the Schwalm region of Hessen. The history of the costume is described, followed by a detailed description of different parts of the costume. There are chapters dealing with the items that were trimmed with lace, the dyeing process, and the different types of lace that are found. There is also an illustrated description of the whitework that is often used in the Schwalm region. The book contains 15 patterns of reconstructions of old laces, accompanied by a loose sheet with working diagrams in colour.

Goed gemutst met kant

Feeling good with Lace

48 pp., Softback, in Dutch, English and French; Price € 5

Previous publications of the OIDFA Work Group on ‘Lace in Dutch Folk Costumes’ have included two describing the lace caps of South Beveland and of Staphorst (the latter now out of print). The lace from South Beveland has bold, pictorial patterns while that from Staphorst is more delicate, but both are made using the techniques of point ground Beveren lace. The book is divided into three sections. The first describes the special techniques used in Beveren lace. This is followed by sections with Staphorst and South Beveland lace patterns, featuring a variety of different edgings with fruit, flower and animal motifs.


De Linnenkast 5 — Eeuwenoude kanten uit Noord-Nederland

The Linen Cupboard 5 — Antique lace from the Northern Netherlands

Pattern Folder, 64 pp., in Dutch, English and French, Price € 5

The OIDFA Work Group ‘Linnenkast’ was established to study lace found in the household linen cupboards of the Northern Netherlands, and published a series of folders containing patterns of the laces, together with pictures of old and reconstructed examples. This folder, the fifth and final one, includes, as well as lace patterns, examples of the beautiful embroidery used to decorate the so-called ‘marriage sheets’. Each lace pattern contains a picture, pricking and diagram; and the embroidery patterns contain clear illustrations that allow the number of threads in the fabric to be counted.


Pillow Cover Cloth, Price € 5; 70 x 70 cm, featuring OIDFA logo
Bobbin Brooch, Price € 10
The two parts join magnetically.
OIDFA Logo Pin, Price € 2
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