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November 8 2011 Tatting Newsletter

I think this is a marvelous time to be a tatter. We have online so many vintage tatting publications to download for free that they alone should keep us tatting for decades. And since the 1980's we have had a plethora of modern tatting designers publishing contemporary patterns. Just this year we saw a new French language tatting book by Josette Eveillard, 2 excellent needle tatting books by Alicia Kwartnik (one focuses on jewelry, the other on items for every day use; but the needle tatting technique section in both books are highly valuable to a beginner tatters as well as an advanced tatter,) and from Japan, lovely books by Hisayo Sugita, Takako Kitano, aka peikko, and Ondori's mixture of tatting and macramé. And a very well-done instruction (first) book by "Sumie."

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. As a tatter, tatting teacher, tatting book collector and tatting shuttle collector, I seem to acquire them all. But I would rather have a new tatting book than a pair of new shoes. As I turn the crisp new pages, I seem to hear the click of the shuttle in the background. As my eyes take in each new pattern I seem to be thinking of which of the new Lizbeth colors would show it off best. But what I hope to see in each new book is actually a new technique, an old technique presented in a new circumstance or a new interpretation of something I thought I knew all about, like a picot.

Yes, the humble picot. This most decorative of the tatted elements, perhaps the element used most often, doesn't actually exist. The picot is truly just a space left in the work, which, when we surround it with thread, "peeks" up in a most pleasing manner. But there is a trick to how we surround the space with thread. And Martha Ess has recently looked with new eyes at a very old tatting publication by Mrs. Cornelia and Miss Austin, "Tatting or Frivolité.", and discovered there is more to a picot than we have previously realized.

Martha Ess has just published a new book, "Picot Play", to pique our interest. ©2011, 44 pages with comb binding, 19 patterns which include bookmarks, hearts, snowflakes, edgings, insertions, a cross, graduated picots, Mrs Mee picot rings, broomstick picots and four pages of definitions and abbreviations.

Martha's other books:
Martha has also been a frequent and generous contributor of patterns to the Online Tatting Class.
The Riego Grapes
Angel of Tatting and Hairpin Lace
Praying Mantis
Celtic Style
1895 Edging Modernized by Martha Ess and Hope Green
Martha Reinvents the Wheel
Bicolor Tatted Bee
Block Tatted Cat

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at Reverse work, turn work and rotate Reverse work, turn work and rotate. How to turn the work in progress. Please visit for even more great content about Tatting. To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Tatting located here - I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback! Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge! Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor One of hundreds of sites at PS: I acquired all books mentioned in this article for my personal use.

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