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Spring time is just right for tatted Easter Eggs and crosses
Ben Fikkert's "Frivolité"
Ben Fikkert's "Frivolité" ©1984 was his first tatting publication. It is a small paperback with 30 pages. All the basic tatting techniques are presented in tutorials in the first 20 pages of the book.
Kimiko Ozawa's "Tatting 3" is an A4 large size paperback booklet with only 20 pages and they are all in the Japanese language. The front cover has an excellent example of a traditional style tatted rectangular doily.
Antique Collar 6 rows
This antique collar in the photo has survived many decades and the tatting is as firm as ever. It is amazing that something which looks so delicate can be so sturdy.
Using Wire in Tatting
Using wire in tatting, tatting with copper wire, stiffening tatted lace with copper wire, applying thread to wire using needle tatting style.
Tatted Yoke in One or Two Colors.
Priscilla Yoke book pattern and diagram with latticed chains in node stitch.
Node Stitch in Vintage Tatted Yoke
A chain tatted with Victorian sets, in this pattern 4 x first half stitch followed by 4 x second half stitch is called variously node stitch, rick rack stitch and/or zig zag stitch.
Where to start the pattern?
I arrange the pattern or the diagram in what seems to be the most efficient place to start and the direction that is the easiest to work. And go from there. You do not have to start where the directions say.
Heart, Heart's Desire by Susan Fuller
"Heart's Desire" pattern from Susan Fuller's "A Potpourri of Tatting Patterns"
Mardi Gras Mask Tatted Jabot
Just imagine this jabot from Sophie La Croix's "Old and New Designs in Tatting, Book 11" in the traditional Mardi Gras colors, purple which represents justice, green which represents faith, and gold which represents power.
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