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Needleart 1921 edging #1

"Tatted Edges and Insertions for Underwear"

These patterns are from the "Needleart" magazine Vol.8 #3 published in 1921 on page 17 and continued on page 68. These pages were given to me but I know little else about this publication. I would welcome any notes that other tatters may have to share. There are seven patterns of varying degrees of difficulties. The designs are intended for underwear but today's fashions would also be enhanced on outer wear as well.

The first patterns shared from this page were #6 and #4. They shared a feature in common, a paucity of picots. Edging #1 has both picots used for decoration and construction. The three smaller rings on one side form automatically a tatted header from which is depended a cloverleaf hanging by long chains. This pattern may also be used as an insertion because of the elongated chains and it could have a ribbon inserted over/under the chains as well.

At first glance it may appear a bit unattractive; it is, after all, a common pattern of cloverleaf and chains. But it has such potential. Consider adding large crystal beads to the center of the rings in the cloverleaf. Substitute bare thread chains covered with large bugle beads, or several petite beads. Petite beads could be threaded on in a predetermined pattern so the order of the colors create a colorful pattern.

Here is an example of beaded tatting with beads on core thread and working thread an on picots. It is by Nina Libin from Lace of Beads #19.

Beanile style motif by Nina Libin from Lace of Beads #19

In this example of beaded tatting from her book, Flight of Angels, Martha Ess shows the technique of beading the picots as they are joined. Read more about it: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art55321.asp

beaded angel from Flight of Angels by Martha Ess

Beads of all types and sizes may be added to the tatting. Beads may be placed over the normal joining picots, on the picot itself, or added when the picots are joined to a ring in progress. Beads may be placed on the working thread as well as the core thread. So many possibilities.

Needleart magazine Vol.8 #3 published in 1921 on page 17 edging 1

The pattern begins with the header ring followed by the first chain headed to the opposite side. This row has the cloverleaf on it and it returns to the header with another long chain. The second header ring is actually the start of the header chain repeat. It forms a trefoil with the additional upper single ring. and the last ring of the set

So, refer to the image with the order of work marked. Note ring I, chain J, ring K, chain L, ring A. That is the header. The opposite side goes ring C chain D ring E chain F ring G. Chains B and H travel from side to side.

R = ring
CH = chain
- or p = picot
+ = join
ds = double stitch
rw = reverse work
clr = close ring
header/footer = a line of tatting used to attach lace to cloth

Note that the double stitch count is marked with colored numbers. Blue for chains and Green for rings. Red letters show the order of work.

Needleart magazine Vol.8 #3 published in 1921 on page 17 edging 1

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