Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color by Anna Dalvi,Â Â Cooperative Press, 2012, 89pp.
I’ve always loved Anna’s first bookÂ — and I love this one even more, if that’s possible!
Each shawl was inspired by some aspect of ancient Egypt: Â the gods (Thoth, Set (the cover shawl), etc), myths, places, and more. Â The motifs range from fairly literal (the waxing and waning moons in Thoth) to more abstract (Girl with the Rose Red Slippers). Â The colors themselves are symbolic and pertain directly to the theme of each pattern.
I love all the attention to detail and thought that Anna put into this collection! Â This is a book you can read and enjoy, on top of the patterns.
Each pattern has clear charts. Â Most have pictures of the shawl laid flat to show its shape. Shapes include Â rectangular, triangular, crescent to circular, with various permutations in between.
My favorites include Nefer, a lovely crescent shaped shawl with nupps, offered in two sizes:
andÂ Girl with the Rose Slippers, a half octagon with different sections, each symbolizing part of the tale:
…and Nefertari, a gorgeous swooping triangular shawl. Â Anna is tall and lithesome — she looks stunning in these larger shawls! Â I got to see her in it at this past TNNA. Â Just gorgeous!
Would you like to win your own PDF copy of Â AncientÂ Egypt in Lace & Color? Â Leave a comment on this post with your favorite design (and why!) by midnight, PST October 3rd.
PhotosÂ Â© Caro Sheridan