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Norma Benporath (1900 - 1998) designed lovely tatting patterns which were published by SEMCO in the pre- and during the WWII years. There was a great struggle to get permission to use scarce paper for that purpose and it was a tribute to her affect on morale that it was possible. She was also published later in the Australia Home Beautiful magazine and others. Although blind in her latter years, she was a member of the Tatting Guild of New South Wales. They are now the holders of her works some of which are back in print.



photo of Order of Australia Gold Medal being awarded to Norma Benporath




Norma received the highest distinction for a tatter of which I have ever heard. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for work in tatting.




cover of Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM



On page 13 of her book, "Tatting", Norma offered a set of four designs. These were intended for bridge mats or tablecloths. The symbols are the heart, diamond, spade and club.



bridge cloth set from Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM



bridge motif heart from Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM



All four bridge symbols are based upon this foundation cloverleaf pattern. Then a ring and chain border is added to build the outline of the individual motifs. Here is the pattern from the heart. The other motifs will be added to the articles list under "Bridge, Cards, Games."



new model by Sue Duckles of the bridge heart pattern

New Model by Sue Duckles.



Foundation Cloverleaf



Ring 1 R 3, 13 p sep by 3 ds, 3. clr dnrw leave no space.

Ring 2 R 3 + (join to last p of ring 1) 3, 17 p sep by 3 ds, 3. clr dnrw leave no space.

Ring 3 R 3 + (join to last p of ring 2) 3, 12 p sep by 3 ds, 3. clr rw



CH 9, 4 p sep by 3 ds, 3. rw

Ring 4 R 3 - 3 - 3 + (join to 5th p of ring 3) 3 - 3 - 3. clr rw.

CH 3, 4 p sep by 3 ds, 3. rw

Ring 5 R 3 - 3 + (join to next to last p of previous ring) 3 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr rw

CH 3, 4 p sep by 3 ds, 3. rw

Ring 6 R 3 - 3 + (join to next to last p of previous ring) 3 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr rw

CH 3 - 3 - 3 - 3. rw

Ring 7 R 3 - 3 + (join to next to last p of previous ring) 3 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr rw

CH 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 rw



Ring 8 R 3 - 3 - 3 + (join to 7th p of 2nd ring of clover) 4 - 4 clr rw.

CH 3 - 3 - 3 rw

Ring 9 R 3 + (join to previous ring) 3 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 clr rw

Ring 10 R 3 + (join to previous ring) 3 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 clr rw

CH 3 - 3 - 3 rw

Ring 11 R 4 + (join to p of previous ring) 4 + (join to next p of clover ring) 3 - 3 - 3.

Finish border to match. Join last chain to the center of the cloverleaf.



bridge motif diamond from Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM



bridge motif spade from Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM



bridge motif club from Tatting booklet by Norma Benporath OAM

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