Il Lavoro Chiacchierino #19
It has been 15 years since I saw the first issue of this Italian tatting magazine. It has been a real pleasure to follow it over the years. It has been packed with tatted pieces both small and large for wear, for decoration and for household linens. I admit to great frustration at the fact that the patterns were presented with long lines of printed text and no diagrams and seldom even a close up photograph. But the designs were beautiful and for the most part classical.
So I am happy to share the news that this new issue, #19, presents itself as a modern tatting book with patterns, written directions, diagram with numbers and even instructional aides. At last! From this little sample of pgs 70-71, you can see the text in Italian and the finished product as a tatted trim on a window curtain. Next to this photo appear large clear diagrams. The diagrams show the starting and ending points as well as transitions to the next round where needed. There are two sets of numbers, the red ones indicating the order of work and the black numbers showing the placement of picots, joins and changes of direction in the work.
There are simple illustrations for the basics of shuttle tatting, the double stitch, the picot, ending off, ring and chain. I was disappointed that they still show only the "up" join method. But I was surprised and delighted to find a four page full color photo tutorial on needle tatting!! And pg. 32 has 5 illustrations on how to make a split ring, or as it is said in Italian, "Nodo Contrariato", or contrary ring.
All these improvements were enough to make me want to share this new issue with you. But the best is yet to be found.
The classic tatting for household linens continues to be superior and expertly photographed but all that white thread has now glimpses of color. Towels and table runners with bright and bold colors take center stage. And free form tatting is found in theme pictures, like the sea, with seahorses, jellyfish, fish small and large, starfish, and bright corals in tatting.
That bright orange tablecloth and cafe curtain with tatted edges shown in the sample have a lace tatted collage of flowers, daisy, anemone and leaves tatted in pearl tatting, block tatting and split rings for a wall accent. Multi color coffee coasters add more color. But the tatted collage in all white showing birds, flowers, branches and leaves is my favorite of all.
Note: I acquired this book for my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz
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