Free Tatting Books Online
This section includes links to pages where you can download many public domain free tatting books. Most of these are important volumes which you should include in your library.
Adeline Cordet Book 5 [offsite link]
"Tatting Designs with instructions", Book No. Five by Adeline Cordet. Elaborate designs for the intermediate to advanced tatter.
Anna Valeire Crochet and Tatting Manual Book 2 [offsite link]
This very early tatting publication dates back to around 1900. Your host is fortunate to possess a copy and it is well worth downloading this volume shared online by Georgia Seitz. The instructions are written in longhand and are fairly archaic but most patterns are simple and you should be able to decipher them. Enjoy!
Anna Valerie Book 2 [offsite link]
"Crochet & Tatting Craft", Book 1 by Anna Valerie. Edgings, Medallions & Insertions, with full instructions on over 60 pieces for use in lingerie and the home.
Anna Valerie Book 3 [offsite link]
"Tatting Craft," My book No. 3 Anna Valerie.
Almost 100 designs, Old & New with 14 pictures of simplified instructions.
Anne Orr Book 14 [offsite link]
J. & P. Coats "Crochet, Cross Stitch and Tatting" by Anne Orr, 1923 Book 14. Only a few pages on tatting but there is an introduction to split ring tatting.
Anne Orr Book 14
J. & P. Coats "Crochet, Cross Stitch and Tatting" by Anne Orr, 1923 Book 14
Barbours Prize Needlework Series Book 2 [offsite link]
Barbours Prize Needlework Series Book 2 is a "Treatise on Lacemaking, Embroidery and Needlework" published by the Barbours Brothers Company 1891. There is a section on tatting, pages 65 - 73. This copy is the 1896 third edition. See also: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art36304.asp
Bath Tatting Book by P.P. [offsite link]
1865 Bath Tatting Book by a tatter known only as P.P.
Collingbourne’s Authority on Fine Arts: Crochet, Tatting, Knitting, Embroidery, Book No. 19. [offsite link]
Contains only one tatting pattern on pg 26 of the original or pg 39 of the scan, but full of lovely vintage patterns.
Collingbournes New Easy Way of making real Tatting and Maltese Art, Book no. 11. [offsite link]
This has about 20 pages of lovely vintage tatting patterns plus many hairpin or maltese lace patterns, too.
Corticelli Lessons in Tatting [offsite link]
This excellent early tatting book is a must have on your bookshelf!
Digital Archive of Articles on Weaving, Textiles and Related Subjects [offsite link]
This online library contains pdf downloads for many early textile books, journals and articles which are out of copyright.
Dr. Cantwell´s Receipts for everything [offsite link]
Dr. George H Cantwell published at "Receipt" book with info on everything including tatting starting at pg. 436. Interesting explanation of basic instructions and patterns.
Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern´s "Schiffchen-Spitzen" [offsite link]
With the compliments of the Online Tatting Class, Martha Ess, and me, Tatting Editor at BellaOnline.com
Emma Farnes´ Book E Caps,Collars, Jabots [offsite link]
New Crochet and Tatting Designs in Caps, Collars, and Jabots with instructions, My Book Number E by Emma Farnes. This excerpt contains the cover and tatting pages from that book, pgs. 9, 13, 14 and 15.
Emmy Liebert SchiffchenArbeiten 1 & 2 [offsite link]
A group of tatters,(http://www.georgiaseitz.com) is working many patterns from the Emmy Liebert books this fall. This book is written in German and printed in the fraktur font which is difficult for many to decifer. The new models and diagrams are being added weekly to the page : http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/emmyliebert/liebertproject.htm, http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/emmyliebert/liebertbk1reprint.pdf and http://antiquepatterns.dreamhosters.com/LiebertShiffchen2.pdf
Girl´s Own Book of Tatting [offsite link]
This copy of the Girl´s Own Book of Tatting (undated but vintage) includes instructions on basic tatting, joining and the definition of the term "pearl stitch."
J&P Coats & Clark´s ONT Edgings Book 288 [offsite link]
"Edgings for All Purposes", excerpt of the tatting pages only. 10 tatting designs with full color models.
J.P. Coats & Co. #14 6 tatting pages [offsite link]
There are 6 pages of tatting patterns in this booklet #14 pub. by J.P. Coats.
Jane Gaugain´s 1840 Lady´s Assistant... [offsite link]
Lady´s Assistant for Executing Useful and Fancy Designs in Knitting, Netting and Crotchet,
Illustrated by Fifteen Engravings, Showing Various Stitches in the Art of Netting.
Edinburgh, I.J. Gaugain´s, 1840, 210 pgs.
Lily No. 58, Edgings Crocheted & Tatted [offsite link]
"Edgings, Crocheted & Tatted," Lily series #58
Mee & Austin´s [offsite link]
A very old tatting book by Mrs. Cornelia Mee and Miss Austin. It has a discussion of picots and their creation that is worth reviewing. This book influenced the new book, "Picot Play" by Martha Ess, 2011.
Mrs Beeton´s Book of Needlework [offsite link]
Mrs Beeton´s Book of Needlework is an important volume which was published in 1870. Any needleworker should have it on her bookshelf and it is now available for free download from the Gutenberg Library online. Please note that this is a very large download and if you have difficulty you should contact the Gutenberg Library for advice.
Mrs. Beeton´s Book of Needlework [offsite link]
Project Gutenberg´s Beeton´s Book of Needlework, by Isabella Beeton. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: Beeton´s Book of Needlework
Author: Isabella Beeton
Needlecraft Dec. 1915 [offsite link]
Several original patterns from the 1915 December Needlecraft, issue. "Necklace with Butterfly Slide" by Sarah Ethel Compton. This pattern inspired also Gina Brummet´s http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2004/gbplait.html
This section of the Needlecraft magazine has now been posted to the public domain archive:
A variation by Wally Sosa:
a variation http://www.georgiaseitz.com/classes20
Old and New Designs in Tatting [offsite link]
This is another lovely early tatting book by Sophie T LaCroix.
Public Domain Vintage Tatting Patterns [offsite link]
Vintage Tatting Patterns in Public Domain in the Archive of the Online Tatting Class. Tatting pages and full booklets from 19th and 20th century tatting designers.
Riego 02 Tatting [offsite link]
Tatting First Edition 1850
Instructions, edgings, collar, insertions, maltese work, bunch of grapes, and more.
Riego 03 Golden Stars in Tatting & Crochet [offsite link]
Etoile Doree (Golden Stars in Tatting and Crochet) 1861
Collars, cuffs, doilies, antimacassars and intriguing designs.
Riego 04 Tatting, Edgings & Insertions [offsite link]
Designs from Greek and Roman inspirations, Venetian and Etruscan inspired borders and insertions.
Riego 05 The Exhibition Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Exhibition Book 1862
Maltese (Pearl Tatted chains and ring) work, star, diamond shaped insertions, Rosette edging
Riego 06 The Royal Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Royal Tatting Book 1864, 1867
The 1867 edition has two illustrations in reversed position otherwise all the same.
Lily of the Valley edging, Mignonette Border, Guipure Trimming and others
Riego 07 The Complete Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Complete Tatting Book 2nd Edition 1866
Instructions, abbreviations, Gymp and Parisian Gymp Trimmings, Van Dyke Edging, doilies and more.
Riego 08 The Lace Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Lace Tatting Book 1866, 1867
Gorgeous Lace Parasol, doilies, bonnet, Dresden Edging, antimacassar and more.
Riego 09 Simple Book of Tatting [offsite link]
The Simple Book of Tatting 1867
Contains the oft reproduced Metternich Cravat and Edging, Lappets, Van Dyke Edging and more.
Riego 10 The Pearl Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Pearl Tatting Book 1867
Lavish Lace collar and cuffs set, "Shakespeare", Pearl or Maltese work, Handkerchief edging.
Riego 11 The Raised Tatting Book [offsite link]
The Raised Tatting Book 1868
Gorgeous Vintage Child´s Dress lavished with tatting lace good for a Christening Gown perhaps or special event dress for young child. Mignardise edging, Maltese square, pearl beading.
Riego 12 The Irish Lace Instructor [offsite link]
The Irish Lace Instructor 1886
This is only the tatting chapter from this book. It has a parasol cover, edgings, doilies and some items from previous books.
S Annie Frost 1877 Tatting [offsite link]
This is a nine page excerpt from the 1877 "The Ladies´ Guide to Needle Work, Embroidery, ETC., by Sarah Annie Frost Shields. Chap. Vll pages 65 - 72. Refers to the half stitches as the English or French stitch. A few patterns and
S Annie Frost Tatting 1877
"The Ladies' Guide to Needle Work, Embroidery, ETC., by S. Annie Frost" being a complete guide to all kinds of Ladies' Fancy Work, with Full descriptions of all the various stitches and materials, and a large number of illustrations for each variety of work." 1877
Schiffchenspitze by Tina Frauberger [offsite link]
"Ich Kann Handarbeiten" is the German title of a public domain book we know as "Handwork from our grandmother´s era". The original was published in German by Mizi Donner and Carl Schnebel, 1913, Berlin. The tatting section, "Die Frivolitätenarbeit (Occhi-Technik)" was not attributed to any one person in my edition in the front. I have recently compared the information, illustrations and patterns and determined that at the bottom of the photos of the lace pieces, they are the work of Frau Tina Fr
Tatting Book #111 Spool Cotton Co. 1938 [offsite link]
Tatting Book #111 published by the Spool Cotton Co. in 1938. This vintage tatting books contains many simple traditional edgings. Medallions and tatting for baby also included with household linen embellishments. Good, straight forward pattern with excellent photos but no diagrams. Directions given in old-fashioned written out manner. If you need help modernizing the patterns, please write to tatting@BellaOnline.com.
Tatting by Therese de Dillmont [offsite link]
You will need to scroll down, but listed on this page is Therese de Dillmont´s lovely little book "Tatting".
TBC Instructions and Designs for Tatting [offsite link]
"TBC Instructions and Designs for Tatting", T. Buettner & Co., 1916. Contains info and photos of novelty braids of the time.
The archive of tatting books in public domain [offsite link]
This important collection of downloads includes many of the volumes from the 1850s and 60s when tatting publishing and the development of terminology was in its infancy. Anything in these books will require most careful study before proceeding with the work as the instructions are rather quaint.
The Art of Tatting [offsite link]
This important volume, published in 1910, contains illustrations of work done by Lady Hoare and Queen Elizabeth of Romania. There are no patterns but anyone interested in tatting should still have this as it is a superb book with wonderful photographs. Look particularly for the Queen of Romania´s jewelled tatting and the exquisite christening gown made by Lady Hoare´s blind mother. Some of Lady Hoare´s tatting can still be viewed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The Bucilla Blue Book 1916 [offsite link]
The Bucilla Blue Book #3 of 1916, Original Designs in Tatting, Novelty & Filet Crochet published by Bernhard Ulmann Co., Inc. of New York. Tatting section begins about pg 28 of scanned document. This contains a wonderful mixture of tatting patterns both simple and dainty and challengingly complex.
The Girl´s Own Book 1858 ed. w/tatting [offsite link]
Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was an American abolitionist, women´s rights activist, Indian rights activist, novelist, and journalist. The first edition of her book, "The Girl´s Own Book" in 1833 did not have tatting. But by this edition in 1858, there was a tatting section with instructions and patterns.
The Lady´s Manual of Fancy Work [offsite link]
This important volume by Mrs Pullan, published in 1859, contains not only fascinating descriptions of needlework and life at that time in London, it quite possibly contains the first use of the true chain.
The Pearl Stitch
The Pearl Stitch as used in The Girl's Own Book of Tatting
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