50 New Bobbin Lace Patterns includes fifty original designs for collars and cuffs, window and door hangings, handkerchiefs, tablecloths, napkins, mats, motifs and small decorations, a shawl, a fan, a lampshade and even a patchwork quilt. Most of the patterns feature simple techniques, requiring only a limited number of bobbins and a basic knowledge of Torchon and tape lace. They are therefore suitable for beginners and young lacemakers (including children), as well as for those with greater experience looking for relaxed yet enjoyable projects.
Claire Burkhard has been a lacemaker for nearly thirty years. She was a founder member of the Federation of Swiss Lacemakers and had travelled throughout Europe in the course of her research. She has published widely in lace journals and her first book, a selection of sixteenth-century Swiss patterns, appeared in 1986. She now lives in Switzerland.