Building a Tatting Library - Karey Solomon

Building a Tatting Library - Karey Solomon

Congratulations to Karey Solomon on 20 years of "Tatting Times" Despite early frustration and setbacks, Karey Solomon learned to tat in 1972. As many tatters do, she carried her shuttles with her everywhere sharing tatting as she went. In 1992 she " began a quarterly tatting newsletter, dubbed "Tatting Times" because time for tatting was very cherished in those hectic years, and "Tatting Times" sounded a little like the "New York Times" - which was not the newspaper she was working at..." as freelance writer and editor.

During the past 24 years both tatting and Tatting Times evolved. Karey has featured in her petite booklet many talented tatters, fascinating patterns using both vintage and modern tatting techniques, new products and threads and the occasional poem and recipe. With 5-6 new patterns in each issue and book reviews, "Tatting Times" became an invaluable resource for tatters over the years.

Karey also founded and hosts the Finger Lakes Tatting Guild annual seminars larger venue a few miles from Hector, NY, the wine-producing region of the Finger Lakes area. Held every spring, the event is an international gathering of tatters, instructors, new patterns, vendors, great food - and a whole lot of fun, a sort of family reunion where everyone's invited to be part of the family. For more information about "Tatting Times" quarterly or the Tatting Seminars in the Finger Lakes, contact Karey at

covers of many Karey Solomon books

The Tatting Books by Karey Solomon: Top row from left:

1. Tatting Times Edgings - 22 patterns

2. Sheep May Safely Graze - Two doily patterns with sheep on the edge

3. Let it Snow! - 16 snowflake patterns

4. Tatting for the Tree - 25 ornaments for the holiday tree

5. Sweet Knottings - 12 doilies

6. Shuttleworth Cottage - wall hanging using Josephine rings and chains and many other techniques to create cottage

Middle row from the left:

7. Basketats - 11 basket patterns

8. Tatting with Buttons 2 - 17 patterns using button including amulet bag

9. Tatting with Buttons - 17 patterns using buttons

10. Hearts Belong to Tatting - 14 heart patterns

11. Tatting Times Two - Butterflies, bracelets and beaded tatting

12. Tatting Elegant Edgings - a collection of handkerchief edgings

13. Tat Marks the Spot - 19 bookmarks Bottom row from left:

14. Wandering Wheels - Flower cart, flora and fauna featuring a new technique by Karey Solomon

15. Baubles, Bangles and Beads - 14 patterns of bracelets, earring and paper weights

16. Here Be Dragons - Four fantastical dragon patterns

17. Tatting by the Book - 16 bookmarks

18. Circle of Children - Split ring, cluny and more advanced tatting techniques are used to create this merry circle of children

19. Tatting Turns over a New Leaf - 14 different leaf patterns including silver maple and geranium leaves

20. Tree of Life - Free form tree in four seasons

Not shown:

21. Make Many Merrily - Bears, bugs, butterflies and 27 more patterns

22. Flutter Home - 26 dragon flies, butterflies and bugs

23. Tat Mats - small coasters and doilies

24. Flower Garden Doily

25. Dragonfly Pin

26. A Bouquet of Bookmarks

27. Button Abecedarius

28. Doily Delights

29. Twinkle, Twinkle

All of Karey's books would be a welcome additional to any tatting library.

You Should Also Read:
Building a Tatting Library - Standards
Building a Tatting Library - Techniques

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