Milanese lace designs are easy-flowing curves and elegant scrolls in floral and leaf forms. The lace is made in sections called "free" or "part" lace, and these are then put together by means of sewings. The advantage of this method is that relatively few bobbins are used on the pillow, usually between 12 and 20 pairs. This practical book contains both traditional and modern work on the art of Milanese lacemaking. There are 43 new braids with working diagrams and instructions, and 31 new patterns illustrated with photographs, prickings and working instructions, and in some cases with additional working diagrams. There is a section on the use of colour which is becoming increasingly popular with the more creative lacemakers, and eight patterns with colour photographs, prickings and working instructions.