By Priscilla Lowry, signed by author
This is the second book in the Secrets of Silk Series. It continues the story of silk in the West, and includes Byzantium, silk in Europe, the influence of the Huguenots, gold, dyes, knitting, lace, buttons and bows, silk in the home, and fashion. The practical section deals with knitting with silk.
There is something magical about silk, the way it feels, the way you feel when you wear it. This book is the second book in the series and continues the fascinating story of high adventure, hardship and greed, luxury and power.
There is something for everyone in the story of silk whether your interest is textiles, art, design, embroidery, wearable art, medieval and social history, women or fashion. Silk is an aspect of trade, travel, science and economics and an important subject for research. It was used to make umbrellas and parachutes, for surgery, tyres on the bicycles competing in the Tour de France, for paper, braid and feltmaking, knitting, spinning and weaving. There is hardly any aspect of life where silk does not have a part to play.
Trace silk in the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire
Explore the developments of the luscious European silk fabrics
Discover how silk was traded, the fairs, banking, gold and dyes
Follow the Huguenots as they fled from persecution
Delight in knitted silk and lace, buttons and bows
Celebrate fashion throughout the history of silk, the outward and visible sign of wealth, power and prestige.
and in the Practical Section, discover Knitting and Designing with silk.
Paperback, 2004, 198pages, excellent condition