Sajou Album for Frivolity Works #16 Correction

Sajou Album for Frivolity Works #16 Correction

Album for Frivolity Works #16



cover Album for Frivolity Works #16 published ©1861 by SAJOU, Paris, France


This article on the Sajou album was published in July 2014. Since then I was advised that my interpretation of the Fancy Purled Scollops {sic} was incorrect. I then incorporated this pattern into part of a history of the tatted oeillet lesson used in the Palmetto SC and Fringe Canada Tat Days 2015. The result surprised me. I was indeed wrong!


With the help of several tatters, we all reached this conclusion. Although directing the tatter to make 10 knots, which were thought to be 10 double stitches, it actually meant 5 double stitches. Here is the corrected pattern.


Here are the corrected directions for pattern #16 in modern tatting notation.



Half closed ring 18 ds (no picots)

Half closed ring 5 ds, place a space holder on the core thread for a later connection,
continue, 1 ds - 3 ds - 3 ds - 1 ds, slip shuttle through the space held out earlier, 5 ds

Half closed ring 5 ds - 2 ds - 2 ds - 2 ds - 2 ds - 5 ds. Repeat.



fig. 16 Album for Frivolity Works #16 published ©1861 by SAJOU, Paris, France


***** Original article continues.


Published ©1861 by SAJOU, Embroidery and Tapestry Patterns Manufacturer, Paris.

On my research list recently was the "Album for Frivolity Works #16 "
Published ©1861 b SAJOU, Embroidery and Tapestry Patterns Manufacturer, Paris. It has only 26 pages so I casually "page down" through it. I was surprised. The illustrations using hands to demonstrate the double stitch are familiar as are figures #10 - 20, but patterns #21 - 24 are very interesting. So I started to read the directions.


The beginning half stitch taught is called the "knot on the right side" and it is what we call the second half stitch today. The last half stitch is called the "knot on the wrong side" and it is what we call today the first half stitch. The reversal of the half stitches is not uncommon for the time as it matches what was used by Mlle Riego and its effect has been demonstrated more recently by the late Jan Stawasz, a gentleman tatter from Poland. (http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art21772.asp)



Then there was an unusual statement on page 3 of the text:



"Essential observation. The wrong side knot is to be preferred to the right side one, which is never to be exclusively employed.
It is well to alternate with a knot by the wrong side and one by the right side. But observe always to begin with the wrong side one."



Terms also used were "eye" for ring, "purl" for picot and "scallop" for half-closed ring. The wrong side stitch, today's first half stitch, is made by "laying the loop on the left hand" instead of over the right hand. And "knot" for half stitch, but in the patterns, "10 knots" means 10 times alternating wrong side / right sides half stitches. The term "clears" was unclear to me until I found on page 7 of the text this note.



"The clears in the round scallop are made with [sic] hat festoon stitch when sewing the trimming."



And in the directions for #19, - The purled trefoil collar. (thread #90), "Make 132 trefoils; tie them together by the purl with thread #1000..." Tie??? Tie??? Oh my gosh! They did not yet know how to join? In #23 we begin by making "crossed onglets." From studying the illustration I believe that "onglets" are created by using a tape, narrow ribbon, or rickrack and joining the points together to make first a heading and to make 8 point figures. The only tatting is an "8 point star." This is actually around ring with 8 picots which are sewn with "clears" to attach to the rickrack points.



Although published in France, this is an English language edition. It is available for a free download. The link is posted here: http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3137.asp
(https://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/sajou1861albumforfrivolityworks.pdf)



Original directions.



original directions fig. 16 Album for Frivolity Works #16 Published ©1861 by SAJOU, Paris, France



fig. 16 Album for Frivolity Works #16 Published ©1861 by SAJOU, Paris, France

See above for the corrected double stitch count.



Here are the directions for pattern #16 in modern tatting notation.



Half closed ring 36 ds

Half closed ring 20 ds, place a space holder on the core thread for a later connection,
continue, 2 ds - 6 ds - 6 ds - 2 ds, slip shuttle through the space held out earlier, 20 ds

Half closed ring 10 ds - 4 ds - 4 ds - 4 ds - 4 ds - 10 ds. Repeat.



Note: The original directions advised us to "tie" or sew together the second half closed ring at the 20th ds after the ring was done.







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