Butterick's 1896 "Tatting & Netting
This vintage needle work book contains 75 pages of glorious traditional tatting patterns. The second half of the book features full netting instructions and patterns plus a section on guipure or needle weaving. Timeless motifs, edgings, insertions and small bit and pieces will provide today's tatter with hours of tatting pleasure. However, these patterns do serve an important teaching function.
Traditional tatting patterns were created with many cuts of the thread which are unwanted and unnecessary by modern proficiency standards. A quick study of the lace construction will show several possibilities for producing the tatted lace without cutting the thread. There are three basic methods to climb from the center of the lace outward or from row to row. These include the split ring, the mock picot and the split chain used in various combinations.
Thanks to many repositories of vintage publications in the public domain, "Butterick's Tatting & Netting" 1896, is available free for tatters. There are a total of 150 pages. Each part has about 40 pages. These are very long downloads. Please copy and paste the links in your browser.
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/Tatting&Nettingpart1.pdf Part 1
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/Tatting&Nettingpart2.pdf Part 2
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/Tatting&Nettingpart3.pdf Part 3
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/Tatting&Nettingpart4.pdf Part 4
Let's explore this antique book of tatting patterns. This will involve a great deal of "thinking" ahead. This tatted points pattern will help us to improve our split ring technique and give us practice in finding our way through a split ring diagram.