Belding Bros built their fourth mill in 1886 but put Richardson's Silk Mill name on it and sold it out of fear it would not prove a success. The Richardson Silk Co. mill was bought back in 1907 and continued in use until it was later converted to an apartment building in the '80's. By 1933 The Richardson's Silk Co. name disappears from advertising materials in the pattern and needlework booklets. Of course, it could well have merged again! These publications have tatting in them:
Richardsonís Silk Co. "Complete Instruction Book on Crocheting, Tatting and Smocking: Original Designs with Directions for Working." Chicago, Richardson's Silk Company, [c. 1915], 32 pgs. Free download http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/Richardson's1Complete.pdf
Richardsonís Silk Co. "Complete Crochet Book, Book No. 2" Illustrations and Instructions on General Crochet, Filet Crochet and Tatting. Subjects Covered Are Edges, Insertions, Yokes, Bed Spread Strips, Center Pieces, Towels, Luncheon Set, Chair Back Cover, and many other useful and practical ideas. Chicago, Richardson's Silk Company, [c. 1916], 34 pgs. Free download http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/Richardsons2CompleteCrochet.pdf
Richardsonís Silk Co. "Tatting Book, Book No. 7" Has traditional collars, caps and doilies. Chicago, Richardson Silk Co., [c. 1916] 20 pgs. Free download http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/Richardson's7Tatting.pdf
Richardsonís Silk Co. "32 Prize Yokes, New Designs, Book No. 10" Complete Detailed Instructions for Beginner or Expert. Chicago, Richardson Silk Company, [c.1917] 36 pgs. Free download http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/Richardson's10-32PrizeYokes.pdf
Richardson's #18 Ė Lady Duff-Gordon Book of Irish and Cluny Crochet [c.1917] Richardson's Silk Company no tat 16 pgs.
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Russian Tatting Books A short list of both paperback and hardback book of tatting patterns in the Russian language. Lots of black and white illustrations but many full color plates, too! The patterns run from traditional collars and doilies to antique reproductions and evena bit of jewelry and floral work.
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