For a while, I was under the impression that the images of Armenian lace doilies that I had seen were crocheted. I suppose this was partially fueled by the fact that my Armenian great-grandmother crocheted and I didn't know any better. When I started up my Etsy store, I became more interested in the designs and images of the doilies, and I wanted to learn more.
I bought this out of print book after some research.
I read in a few different places that it had the best images of examples of doilies. After receiving it, I definitely have to agree. Photos like the one below show the intricacies and detail in each doily.
I was also able to use the sketches of designs to create my stamps:
After reading a bit, I discovered that Armenian lace isn't crocheted, but knotted thread! I've yet to work up the courage to actually try to create some, though I have purchased some more instructional books. (Armenian lace is also known as knotted lace, and there is a more recent how to book with some more modern and clearer instructions.) In the meantime, I'll have to stick to carving stamps!