Bibilla Ktted Lace Flowers brings to a modern audience a form of lace that is believed to have originated in antiquity and that has been practised in many countries of the eastern Mediterranean. References to it were made in the works of Home and Plato. Ktted lace has all but died out in most places, but it is still made in modern-day Turkey and used to adorn headscarves and other items of clothing. Elena Dickson's interest in Bibilla flowers began many years ago. This book was inspired by her desire to create new designs in ktted lace, and is the result of countless hours of experimentation. She has modified the traditional techniques to make her flowers as realistic as possible, rather than the symbolic representations common to the older style. Patterns for several flowers commonly found in Australian gardens, and a number of Australian natives, are the result of her work. Elena's detailed step-by-step illustrated instructions for each flower will ensure success for any lacemaker, beginner or expert. Elena Dickson's previous titles include Ktted Lace in the Eastern Mediterranean Traditions and Mediterranean Ktted Lace. Elena travels the world extensively conducting workshops teaching her lace making techniques.
Elena Dickson's interest in handwork began at the age of eight, and her mother, a skilled needlewoman, fostered her talent. When Elena married, her late husband's Greek mother introduced her to the art of making knotted lace, or dandella. In 1987 she began to teach this ancient skill to members of the South Australian Lace Guild. She has since taught classes and workshops throughout Australia as well as in the United States.