German Language Tatting Books

German Language Tatting Books

Recently posted was an English-German list of tatting terms ( You may want to print it off and keep it handy when exploring the world of tatting books in the German language.

A group of tatters ( is working many patterns from the Emmy Liebert books this fall. Her books are written in German and printed in the fraktur font which is very difficult for many to decipher. New models and diagrams are being added weekly to the page:

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The BURDA magazine, ANNA, is familiar to tatters and needleworkers around the world. BURDA also published specialty books on tatting in German and English.

Burda OCCHI Die Schiffchenspitzen der Frau

Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern, (German) Leipzig, Germany, Beyers Handarbeitsbücher 9, 1922 Free downloads are available:

Here"s a book that not even I have seen. I"m looking forward to it being posted in the public domain next year.

Look for it on the page in 2012.

Frivolitäten und Knüpfarbeiten --Edith Wallach and Margarete Lang, (German) Berlin, Germany 1923, Ullstein Handarbeitsbücher 12.

Mizi Donner and Carl Schnebel"s book from 1913 is still in print. Handarbeiten wie als Grossmutters Zeit (Hand work like in Grandmother"s time) also listed as Ich Kann Handarbeiten (I Can do Handwork)---see German Tatting Patterns

I"ve been searching for copies of these two books for decades. Tina Frauberger and her husband taught tatting to persons blinded during World War 1. The onion ring construction is often found in her designs. Handbuch der Schiffchenspitze (vol. 1 1917) and (vol. 2 1921) -- Frau Tina Frauberger (1917, 1921) German.

And don"t miss Helma Seipmann. I can"t say enough good things about the work of Helma Siepmann. I met her when publishing my fifth book of tatting patterns, "Tatting with Friends" (Book 5 of the Ribbonwinners Series.) She first published a series of 8 booklets as separate lessons in learning her technique while her first hardback edition was out of print. Then both a new book with everything in it and an English edition followed

Kreatives OCCHI (Tatting Innovations) --Helma Siepmann (English)

Kreatives Occhi (Start Tatting Creatively)- Helma Siepmann (German)


This is the original hardback book translated into English.

And there is a manual in the style of the work of the famous German tatting designer, Helma Siepmann, by tatters whom I believe are her former students. This entire book is dedicated to free form tatting and concentrates on the formation of picture tatting composed of floral motifs. Absolutely inspirational for the tatter ready to work outside the realm of patterns. 64 pages, fantastically bright and beautiful color photographs on all but about 9 pages, in German. Kreatives Occhi--Gaby Dandliker & Antoinette Frei-Hofmann

Occhi Ruth Scharf (German)

Occhi: Neue Blätter (New Leaves) Ruth Scharf (German)

Review: The works of Ruth Scharf are translations of Irish Crochet forms into tatting. The leaves are striking in any piece of lace.

Occhi 1 & 2 Gisela Graff-Hofgen (German)

This book has a pattern using 6-12 shuttles!

OCCHI-Schiffchenspitze-Frivolite Marianne Langwieser & Tatiana Scharowa (German)

Review: Several pages of instructions using modern photographs and reprints from antique books. Photographs and diagrams for all patterns. Many traditional style tatting patterns which are accompanied by suggestions for application as fashion accessories. Also sections on the split ring and on bead work. Final chapter encourages a foray into freeform tatting. (Patterns easy to follow from diagrams, knowledge of German not necessary.)

Occhi - Tatting - Frivolite: Mustersammlung Susanne Rolf Schwenke


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This tatter is also a professor of mathematics. She wrote to me once saying that some of her designs were based on the chaos theory.

Occhi - Tatting - Frivolite: Spitzen-Ideen Susanne Rolf Schwenke

Review: Review:

Schiffchen-Arbeiten-Occhi-Frivolitäten Verlag Schaumfer (German)

Schiffchenarbeiten Occhi Adelheid Dangela

order from author: Adelheid Dangela, Spielberg 101, D-32825 Blomberg-Reelkirchen Germany

Schiffchenspitzen Occhi Frivolites Waltraud Naumer (German)

Spitzen-Ideen Susanne Rolf Schwenke


Spitzen-Kreationen Susanne Schwenke (German)

{Ed"s note: All books mentioned were acquired for my personal tatting reference libary or are in the processed of being researched.)

Here"s the latest article from the Tatting site at

German Tatting Terms

A list of common tatting terms in both English and German.

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