We may never know where when and how tatting came to be but we have many publications which will aid us in the study of the development of this lacemaking art.
200th Anniversary of Coats & Clark Thread co. History [offsite link]
A fascinating look at the company that spans the decades from the 1800īs to the present. A free download of the history is also available:
7 Methods of Tatting
A brief overview of several methods of tatting: finger tatting, shuttle, needle, needle used as if it were a shuttle, cro-tating, Japanese hook tatting.
Barbour Brothers & Tatting
A few notes on the influence of the Barbour Brothers thread company on tatting.
Belding Bros & Tatting
A few notes on the influence of the Belding Brothers Silk Thread Company on the art of tatting.
Brainerd & Armstrong & Tatting
A few notes on the history of Brainerd & Armstrong Spool Silk Co and tatting.
Chemical Lace Tatting
Chemical Lace. Machine-made Tatting, Faux Tatting. Embroidered fabric was treated with a chemical which dissolved the fabric leaving only the faux "tatted lace" behind. Examples of chemical lace tatting can be puzzling to the tatter.
Civil War Tatting [offsite link]
Virgina Mescher is familiar to tatters from her article on Civil War Tatting which was enjoyed in the online tatting class in 2001. Her book "Flitting Fingers: Tatting in the 19th Century" by Virgina Mescher is a real gem for tatters and tatting historians This fascinating look at tatting offers many 19th century patterns & directions.
Collingbourne's & Tatting
A few notes on the history of Collingbourne's and tatting, Richard Silk Company, and Virgina Snow Studios.
Corticelli Silk Co. & Tatting
Dexter Yarn Co. & Tatting
A brief history of the Dexter Yarn company and its influence on tatting.
DMC, de Dillmont & Tatting
The importance of the DMC thread company to tatting.
Dora Young historical page [offsite link]
Dora Young was the inventor of the Split Chain and Heidi Nakayama is the lucky inheritor of the Dora Young collection. She has built a web site to share it with the online community. Thank you Heidi!
Dr. Cantwell's How to Tat
Intriguing set of instructions by a Dr. Cantwell published in 1914. Includes direction for making a "bar" chain? using a separate needle and buttonhole stitches.
First All Women's Fundraiser
In many parts of the USA women have banded together to knit, crochet, quilt (and surely tat) lovely items to be sold along with jams and jellies for fundraisers.
Heminway Sons Silk Company & Tatting
A few notes on the influence of Heminway Silk Company on tatting.
History of Tatting, A work in Progress.
The Origins of Tatting are lost in history but we do have a growing timeline for the advancements. This short article mentions a few of the highlights.
House of White Birches & Tatting Books
Identification of the original sources for the House of White Birches Tatting Book series and a short history of HWB, now known as DRG network.
Krazy about Tatting Shuttles [offsite link]
Heidi Nakayama has collected tatting shuttles for many years and has recently produced a book on this subject.
During a maintenance outage, a few tatting newsletters may not have reached tatters. Here is a list of those newsletter now posted online as tatting articles.
Memories of Tatting at the Fair
My memories of the Cumberland County Fair and tatting go back more than 60 years.
Mystery Doily - Patty Dowden
Recently, this mysterious doily was rediscovered on Intatters and caused a commotion. I was so pleased to know that even after more than a decade this doily is still being studied and worked by tatters. Patty Dowden of the Intatters discussion group on this doily, has prepared a new set of diagrams
Origin of the Doily
Searching for Tatting Patterns
Women Tatters of the pre-Civil War era in the USA were considered "legally dead!" It is a wonder that any tatting or tatting patterns survived.
Tatting shuttles from the collection of Rachel Mohler, Georgia Seitz and historic sources.
St. Gertrude Museum Tatting
Tatted Lace at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Museum in Cottonwood Idaho
Tatting as a Rest Cure
TATTING REST CURE FOR BRITISH BRAINS; Reprinted from the New York Times, Feb. 2, 1913. Public Domain article.
Tatting at a Prison
Prison Tats; Or, Teaching Tatting at a Correctional Facility.
Tatting Basics and History
Tatting is a delight for the mind, the eye and the hand. An inexpensive lace making art requiring only tatting shuttles, thread and patience, tatting is a surprisingly good method of stress management and a creative outlet.
Tatting History cont'd.
A History of Tatting, A work in Progress by Georgia Seitz. As I continue my study of the origins of tatting I will continue to post the information.
Tatting Shuttles and Needles - Whatīs Available
Here is an article to give you an idea of the different types of tatting shuttles and needles which you can buy.
The Split Ring in 1901??
In studying old Australian newspapers archives Judith Anderson discovered a pattern with unusual directions. This pattern was printed in 1901 and seemed top include direction for the split ring. I believe that this may make it the earliest documented use of the split ring
The Tatmeisterīs Tatting Pages [offsite link]
Here is the site written by the Tatting Consultant to the Lace Museum - lots of interesting historical information here!
The Tatted Flower Garden
In the last few years I have been asked for a copy of a speech I gave back in 2007. I post it here in hopes that it will be of interest to all and available to all. the speech was given at the Palmetto Tatters Guild 5th Annual Tat Days 2007, "Flower Garden" Sept. 7, 2007, White Oak South Carolina US
Van Dyck & Tatting
A few notes on origin of tatted lace with points which is often referred to as "Van Dyke" style.
Photo Essay of Women Tatting
Workbasket Pattern List 1935-44
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1935 through 1944.
Workbasket Pattern List 1945-54
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1945 through 1954.
Workbasket Pattern List 1955-64
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1955 through 1964.
Workbasket Pattern List 1965-74
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1965 through 1974.
Workbasket Pattern List 1975-84
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1975 through 1984.
Workbasket Pattern List 1985-95
A list of the issues of the Workbasket Magazine and the tatting patterns in them from the first issue 1985 through 1995
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