Tatting Lace (Korean Language Tatting book)
What a joy it is for me to acquire a new tatting book. This new book from Korea is the second ever Korean language tatting book I have seen. It is a small trade publication size 7.5" x 8.75" (19 x 22 cm), paperback with 151 pages. There is full color on every page, even the diagrams.
Even from the cover of the book the tatters can see that the emphasis is on tatting for utilitarian or household purposes. Doilies, lace edged linens, clothing, even house slippers. There is a charming curtain tieback, too. A doily shaped like a sunflower is paired with a butterfly-like motif, split rings and a tassel. It may be tatted in any color thread to match any decor.
The 63 pages of projects is followed by 41 pages of tutorials in step by step photos. A great graphic is given on pages 67-68 showing the flip or transfer of the stitch. The illustrations for using a picot gauge, adding a bead to the center of a ring and hiding ends are so well explained that I was a little disappointed to see that the down join was not given and the last join in outward facing rings was a bit awkward.
The last 45 pages have diagrams for all projects including the Korean alphabet used on baby clothes. The diagrams are multicolored and have the stitch count on them. Also given are the starting points and arrows indicating the direction of the work. Very clear and easy to read, too.
It is a fine book and I look forward to seeing more tatting from Korea.
Note: This book was acquired for my personal tatting reference library.