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May 10 2011 Tatting Newsletter

Needlecraft Magazine June 1922, pgs 10 and 19
A Corner of Unusual Design

R = ring
CH = chain
ds = double stitch
# = the number of ds done in repetition
- = picot
vsp = very small picot (for joining)
+ = join
rw = reverse work
dnrw = do not reverse work
Split Ring = tat first part of ring normally, but wrap the second half (do not flip the stitches.)
SH1 = shuttle 1, SH2, shuttle 2

The vintage instructions suggest that this corner be tatted with size 70 thread and in two colors and two shuttles. The corner would be suitable for a hanky, dresser scarf or table runner.

Begin by tatting the stem of the flowers. Use a starter picot (place a space holder, paper clip, safety pin on the thread and draw up first ds leaving enough slack for a later join) and CH 20 - 20, tension chain by compressing it back to the starting point to make the stem curve. (See photo.) Curve two stems but leave the third stem straight.

Split Ring 10 / 10 clr rw
CH 6 - 6 - 6 rw
R 4 - 4 clr rw
CH 9 - 9 - 9 + (join to exit spot of initial split ring) rw
CH 9 + (join to first picot of previous chain) 9 - 9 rw
R 4 - 4 clr rw
CH 9 - 9 - 9 + (join to prev. join of initial ring) 9 + (join to last picot of prev. ring) 9 - 9 rw
R 4 - 4 clr rw
CH 6 - 6 - 6 rw (join to prev. join of initial ring) and secure ends.

Begin the top border or edging with one of the small rings.
R 6 - 6 clr rw
CH 6
SH2 R 6 - 3 - 3 clr Leave no space and continue with second ring of pair.
R 3 - 3 - 6 clr rw
*CH 6 rw
R 6 - 6 clr rw
CH 6
SH2 R 6 + (join to second picot of previous ring) 3 - 3 clr
Leave no space and continue with second ring of pair.
R 3 - 3 - 6 clr rw Repeat from * for a total of 15 pairs of rings.

*CH 6, DNRW using SH2 R 6 + (join to second ring back or to the ring opposite) 6 clr dnrw
CH 6 rw This turns the corner.
Continue in similar manner for a total of 11 pairs of rings. This completes one diagonal side.
R 6 - 3 - 3 clr Leave no space and continue with second ring of pair.
R 3 - 3 - 6 clr rw
CH 6 DNRW using SH2 R 6 + (join to second ring back or to the ring opposite) 6 clr dnrw.
Repeat in similar for the second diagonal side.
Top border has 16 pairs and the sides have 11 pairs of ring when completed.

Here the original vintage instructions advise the tatter to baste the lace to backing paper and sew the three flowers in place. The shape of each flower will vary from tatter to tatter after blocking. I suggest that the tatter join the single inward facings rings to the flowers as they work the lace across the top and down the sides. The original photo shows 4 small rings with long picots added between the side flowers and the center flower and between the side stems and the center stem for stability. Those filler flowers could also be thrown off from the chains of the flowers as the flowers are made.

Please bear in mind that vintage patterns are notorious for errors. Follow the photo rather than the instructions. If in doubt, draw it out. Happy Tatting.

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