Insertion by Jane Weaver 1873
This illustration is from a public domain ebook offered free on Google, "The Peterson Magazine, Volumes 63-64". This pattern appears on pg. 228. Peterson's magazine appealed to women and served as a rival for the popular "Godey's Ladies' Book". They with other early periodicals offered fashion plates for sewing clothes for the bon ton. They also had needlework patterns.
This pattern was designed by Jane Weaver whose work was published in several needlework publications in several mediums, crochet, knitting and tatting. It is shaped to serve as an insertion. It could be used on a sleeve, as a decorative line in a blouse and, of course, on table and bed linens.
Read closely the vintage directions, please.
2 shuttles are needed, 3 double over the 2nd thread, an oval with the shuttle only of 10 double;
This informs us that we are going to tat both rings and chains, recommends that we use two shuttles, and this was in 1873. Advanced methods for the times.
The term oval as used here means ring. We have previously learned in the tatting books of Mlle Riego's that oval along with loop, oeillet, and circle all indicate a "ring." With so many terms changing over the years, it can be confusing when the tatter begins to work or modernize this type of pattern. So the directions to tat an oval of 10 doubles means a ring of 10 double stitches (DS) and continue for a total of 6 rings each separated by 3 ds chains.
R 10 clr dnrw repeat from * for a total of 6 rings
R 6 - 6 clr and reverse work
R 5 - 6
R 10 clr dnrw repeat from * for a total of 6 rings rw
R 10 clr dnrw
R 10 clr dnrw
R 6 + (join to ring with the picot) 6 clr rw
and repeat pattern but join the 3rd ring to the chain opposite.
The most important point is to NOT reserve work while throwing off the floating rings with shuttle 2 and to reverse work where noted to change the direction of the tatting
You Should Also Read:
Oeillet, Oval, Circle, and Loop all mean Ring.
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