Comfort Tatting Feb. 1925 2 patterns

Comfort Tatting Feb. 1925 2 patterns
Comfort Tatting Feb. 1925
Comfort Magazine" was published by William H. Gannet, Inc. Augusta Maine from 1888 through 1942. It was but one of many inexpensive pulp magazines geared toward housewives. It has the distinction of being the first of this type of magazine to have over one million subscribers.

The needle artists, called the Comfort Workers, included Mrs. F.L. Smith, Mrs. Frank Beal, Gladys Williams, Helen Merritt, Mrs. Nellie B. (Wheeler) Wilkinson and others.

Two simple edgings from the Comfort Tatting Magazine from Feb. 1925. This pattern page was rescued by the Antique Pattern Library. Whether worked in one color or two they are both versatile and easily attached to cloth by the picots.

Comfort Tatting Feb. 1925 pg. fig. 1 tatted corner or edging

R = ring, CH = chain, + = join, - or p = picot, clr = close, rw = reverse work

The single motif is tatted with four rings joined to one picot in the center and chains of 5 picots. For the edging, one chain is turned the opposite direction and carries the shuttles forward to the next motif to avoid cutting the thread. For use as a corner, a single motif is attached to a pair of edging motifs.

Single motif using two shuttles or one shuttle/needle and ball thread.
R 9 - 9 clr rw (Note: three joins will be made into this picot.)
*CH 6 (p 1)x5, 6 rw
R 9 + (join to picot of first ring) 9 clr rw
Repeat from * for a total of four rings and chains. Finish off ends.

For corner tat a pair of motifs of four rings and only three chains joined together by one chain facing the opposite direction.
R 9 - 9 clr rw (Note: three joins will be made into this picot.)
*CH 6 (p 1)x5, 6 rw
R 9 + (join to picot of first ring) 9 clr rw
Repeat from * for a total of four rings, but only three chains.
(Note the original directions suggested leaving bare thread between the two motifs, however, a cleaner appearance may be achieved. I suggest rw, then CH 9 - 9 rw and start the second motif.) R 9 - 9 clr rw (Note: three joins will be made into this picot.)
CH 6 - 1 - 1 + (join to center picot of chain opposite) 1 - 1 - 6 rw
R 9 + (join to picot of first ring) 9 clr rw
*CH 6 (p 1)x5, 6 rw
Repeat from * for a total of four rings, but only three chains. Finish off ends.

Comfort Tatting Feb. 1925 pg. fig. 2 tatted edging

This easy edging may be tatted by the yard to decorate linens, clothes, even bridal veils! It may be tatted in traditional one color or even two colors using two shuttles or one shuttle/needle and ball. However, the simplicity of the pattern offers an opportunity to be more creative with the colors. This is an excellent exercise for using the double bobbin shuttle. It would allow 3-4 colors of rings and chains.

One repeat.
*R 5 - 5 clr rw (Note: two joins will be made into this picot.)
CH 1 rw
R 5 + (join to first ring) 5 clr rw
CH 6 - 6 - 6 rw
R 3 - 2 - 2 + (join to previous join) 2 - 2 - 3 clr rw
CH 4 rw
R 3 + (join to previous ring last p) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 clr rw
CH 4 rw
R 3 + (join to previous ring last p) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 clr rw
CH 4 rw
R 3 + (join to previous ring last p) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 clr rw
CH 4 rw
R 3 + (join to previous ring last p) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 clr rw
CH 6 + (join to chain opposite) 6 - 6 rw
Repeat from * for length desired.

And don't be afraid to experiment both with color and embellishments. Beads on this edging would be perfect for wedding use.




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