Corn Harvest Basket Anita Barry

Corn Harvest Basket Anita Barry

The Corn Harvest Basket

Anita Barry is a long time member of the Online Tatting Class, The Palmettos Tatters Guild, Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia and the International Organization of Lace, Inc. (IOLI.) She participated in the 62nd IOLI Convention, July 27 - August 1, 2015 which was held in Coralville, Iowa. The theme of the convention was "Lace on the Prairie."

Each year IOLI lace makers are encouraged to create and submit for exhibition a lace piece which reflects the theme of the convention. In 2015 IOLI offered ideas to inspire the lace makers; among these were, prairie grasses, flowers and animals; Devonian Gorge fossils; agriculture and industry to be found in Iowa. Anita found her idea in the natural world of plants. Her tatted lace basket was featured on the cover of the IOLI Bulletin, vol. 36 no. 4, Summer 2016. Congratulations!!

Having previously studied needlework she knew well the book, "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Needlework, 1870." In that book she noticed a pattern for a crocheted basket. Combining that with the idea of corn crops, she devised and tatted "The Corn Harvest Basket." It is 9" x 5.5" (22.5 x 14 mm) and includes a handle of twisted spiral chains.

The bottom of the basket features a classic rosette in earthy toned thread surrounded by a spring green round which draws the eye upward into fully ripened ears of corn. These ears were tatted using the split ring technique to make the cone shape of a corn ear. The side of the basket was stabilized by attaching gently curving green leaves between each upright ear of corn. Stiffening allows the basket to stand tall but allows the ears and leaves to gentle bend as if swaying in the breeze of an Iowa summer.

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Mrs. Beeton's Book of Needlework

In this book the first section of the book is Tatting; pgs. i -iv, and 1 -82. The instructions include an illustration of a common post type shuttle and the rarely seen today, tatting pin on a chain and thumb ring. There are no illustrations of the hand positions.

Nota Bene: Placing the thread around the hand to form a ring is called forming a loop.

Directions begin with what we consider today to be the second half stitch, followed by the first half stitch to complete a full double stitch.

Although the directions for the formation of a picot are the same as today, the picot itself is called a "purl" in this text. The use of the "purling pin" as a picot gauge to determine the size of the picots is included.

Here today's chain is called a straight or double thread which requires two shuttles. The text notes that the use of the chain makes it possible to join sections of the work, make beautiful patterns and even imitate point lace designs.

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Faux Clover Tatted Edging A314
Coats N Clark #122 pg 31 pattern A314 edging At first glance this edging appears to be a line of cloverleaf motifs separated by chains. But that is an illusion.

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