Sources for Hearts & more
Valentine's Day is a favorite holiday to celebrate for tatters everywhere. With a shuttle or needle in hand and pretty red and pink threads, tatted lace hearts can appear in minutes. For decorations on clothes, for lapel pins, multiples for necklace and bracelets, a heart is always welcome.
Tradition has us exchanging little gifts for this day. I was pondering what I might share in the newsletter today, a new pattern or an old pattern, or a study for a technique when it occurred to me that I could share dozens of books and thousands of patterns with all tatters by sharing my favorite sources!
The Antique Pattern Library (APL)is a most wondrous place to "shop" for tatting patterns and books. And best of all, they are all free. We may download patterns until our hard drives fill up. APL describes its mission as:
"This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our craft heritages in our hands. Most of these scans have been graphically edited to make the images easier for craft workers to see, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.
Their tatting holdings are found at:
Be sure to set aside an entire afternoon to search and download these holdings. Or, save a trip to the APL like you save a piece of pie for dessert. Sneak in a few minutes a day for instant cheer.
And you can visit the holdings at The Arizona Archive. The University of Arizona offers many old publications for free download also. There are a couple of tatting books but they have many types of laces represented. And the patent info on some of the tatting tools is very interesting, too.
And Project Gutenberg has at least two tatting books also. And they are free to download as well.
There is a reference list of tatting books at the Online Tatting Class website. These titles will show you some of the wonderful books to look for.
Best of all, right here on BellaOnline.com there is a growing list of tatting books in the public domain which is free to download. Books and patterns for the @ 1850s through today and right at the click of a mouse.
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