Books &c

Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Books &c

Filming ‘Color in Bedfordshire Lace’

When I was Chairman of the Lace Guild’s Education Subcommittee from 1993–96 part of my job turned out to be overseeing the preparation of Lace Guild publications. At the time I had only published one book (Thistles, rose, daffodils and shamrocks — 4 bookmarks using Bedfordshire lace techniques) and for this book I typed the text into our trusty Apple Mac Plus computer, but traced all the diagrams and stuck them into the spaces left between blocks of text before the pages were photocopied and bound. By the time my next book (An Introduction to Bucks Point Lace) was published by the Lace Guild in 2001 everything had changed — all the diagrams and the lace were scanned, laid out with the text in Adobe PageMaker, a page lay-out program, and sent to the printer as electronic copy on a CD.

Between 1995 and 2004, I was involved in the preparation of over a dozen books published by the Lace Guild — from Honiton Fillings by Joyce Dorsett in 1995 to my own An Introduction to Bedfordshire Lace in 2004, together with Lace Guild calendars from 1988 to 2003 and three exhibition catalogues.

In 2006 I published my fourth book, Thistle, rose, daffodil, shamrock and a fuchsia — five motifs using Bedfordshire lace techniques. These motifs developed from my first book, but it took me a long while to get then ready for publication because of everything else I was doing. In the same year I also made a DVD/video, Color in Torchon, with John and Kathy Hensel in Oregon — something completely different which I thoroughly enjoyed. I filmed another DVD/video with the Hensels in 2008, on Intermediate Skills in Bucks Point Lace, and one more recently (2018) on Color in Bedfordshire.

In 2011 I published a collection of floral Bucks Point patterns designed by Joyce Symes that I have edited. All proceeds from this book will be donated to further cancer research.

This was followed by something rather different: Lace, the iPhone App! This is an endeavour undertaken with my husband, David, to provide a quick reference to different styles of lace. We are rather proud that we were the first to bring lace to the smart phone.

Currently (2019) I am working on two books for Crowood Press: one with Gil Dye on lace identification, and one of my own on Bedfordshire lace.