In the pattern "Tatted Couvrette Girls' Own Book 1858" from July, I mentioned I had not found a regular definition for the word "couvrette." Some of our readers, Anitra Stone and Kay Boniface shared some information with me. Although not defined, the word has been used in some of the Mrs. Beeton's tatting pattern. It seemed to all of us that the word must have a French origin, perhaps "couvert," which is in essence a "cover." So any small shape could be a couvrette. And many patterns suggest the use of these small medallions as a pincushion cover.
Further research by Anitra's parents found a Victorian needlework reference book which defined couvrette as being French for a small coverlet, by extension, small meaning as intended for babies?
And as many times as I have read and researched Elgiva Nicholls' "Tatting: Technique and History", I missed this reference which Anitra spotted.
"[1851 A Lady]... "Tatting made easy, and how to join with the shuttle explained and exemplified"... 'couvrettes' - rectangular pieces of tatting composed either of an edging worked upon an edging, or of the simplest of medallions, of rings enclosing a space."
Recall the word, "plastron?" It is a bodice covering, plain as in padded for fencing, or fancy as in decorated with lace. I have found only one tatting pattern labeled as a plastron...but the search goes on.
Tatted Couvrette Girls' Own Book 1858
See: Pincushion cover
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