Tatting Lace Corsage & Accessories
"Tatting Lace Corsage & Accessories"
This new book of tatting by Emiko Kitao is a most welcome addition to my tatting reference library. The book was published as #560 in the Applemints line of needlework books by Asahi Originals. Asahi also published "Tatting Lace Accessories" by Emiko Kitao ©2014, Applemints #108, Asahi Originals #453. This new paper bound book, too, has 64 pages in both color and black and white. 8.5" x 10" (22 x 26 cm.) All of the 63 projects are shown in full color.
The many diagrams are in both black and color and extremely very clear. And, the double stitch count is easy to see. Although some of the diagram pages are slightly crowded, don't hesitate. The book is written in Japanese, true, but even a beginning tatter will be able to read the diagrams. As you can read in the sample from pg. 46, the dimpled (or heart-shaped rings) are R 2 - 8 - 4 + 8 - 2 clr. Lines next to the joins draw the tatter's attention to the joining picot.
There are many combinations possible to create home decor, candle rings, necklaces, bracelets, hair ornaments, corsages and wearables. But it is the wonderful array of flowers that is most impressive. These three corsages are good examples of the excellent designs presented.
Included also are four tatted lace grounds which are used as backgrounds to 3-dimensional flowers (3-d.) But what has me excited is not just the lovely actual designs. What I have discovered is a method, new to me!, of assembling rings with fluffy picots to create a flower in two styles both from the same strip of tatting! And, there is more. A way to gather smaller bits of tatted rings into 3-d round flowers. And, rings that stand upright perpendicular to the lace! And, and… and so much more.
Well, alright, I admit it. I am impressed. Don't miss this one.
I am so happy that I acquired this book for my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz
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