by Pascale Provost & Mick Fouriscot
Many thanks, Vielen Dank, Gracias,
Merci, and Grazie to all the tatters who helped to prepare these handy translations for foreign tatting terms.
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/newtat/frenchtat.htm = French - English
Review: There is a wise adage that cautions us never to judge a book by its cover. This French language tatting book is just that type of book. It advertises 23 traditional patterns on the cover and shows a basic doily in rather large thread with a couple of those faux tortoise shell plastic shuttles imported from Germany. It would be easy just to smile and put it back on the shelf. But a close inspection of the contents is a real eye-opener.
It is full color, every page, all the diagrams and nearly all the lace are in wonderful color, too. However, this book is set apart from other beginning tatting books by its seductive presentation of the tatting techniques. At least 14 of the 23 designs are teaching tools not just patterns. The basic double stitch, picot, ring and chain are presented in full color step by step photos and illustrations using a simple 6-ring motif. But before you turn the page the photos point out the basic purposes of the picot, decorative or construction, and show the difference in the sizes. Flipping over to a photo of a beautiful blue lace round doily, the beginner is led right into making the join. And before the tatter can click three times, the book is showing how to finish off the ends!
It presents directions with photos and illustrations. And there's more! It segues from there into a split chain, demonstrating how to cover the bare thread using a needle as if it were a shuttle, needle lace style. And the excitement doesn't stop. It pauses just briefly to give the new tatter the abbreviations needed for patterns and shows how to read a diagram. The tatter then gets to try out 2 or 3 patterns when the book sneaks in two shuttle work, two color work, tatting over tails, josephine knots and points out the difference in making the lace all front side up. And the tatter is barely to the half-way point of this book. There is one excellent example of a classic rosette center of a doily that would make even Myrtle a tiny bit jealous. This book is a keeper.
Ed.'s Note: I acquired this book myself for my personal reference library. G Seitz