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January 17 2019 Tatting Newsletter

A Heart in Mignonette Tatting

a tatted heart featuring mignonette stitch by Susan Cuss

Spring is nearing. Valentine's Day is not far off. It is a good time to review the tatted mignonette stitch.

The tatted mignonette stitch is not a stitch at all. It is called that for convenience only. It is actually a lace ground or background. The tatted ground work is comprised of all rings, no chains. The distance between rings must be carefully measured. The rings of each following row will join to the bare thread between two rings in a previous row.

Increases may be made by joining two rings in one space. Deceases may be created by stopping short. Smaller increases or decreases may be worked into the ground by simply shortening or lengthening the distance of the bare thread space between rings.

Mignonette groundwork may also be tatted without cutting the thread if the initial ring leaves a very long tail. This tail may be drawn over to use after the last ring of the row is closed. The work changes directions and the new ring from the next row is started. The tail is then used to make that ring a split ring thus climbing out into the next row.

Original tatting directions for the mignonette stitch from the 1925 Needlecraft Magazine April issue of 1925. Stitch is shown in a baby bonnet.

A typical diagram for a mignonette pattern.
typical tatted mignonette edging

The mignonette style can add flair to any pattern such as this one by Ben Fikkert tatted by Maria Alcantra.

design by Ben Fikkert tatted by Maria Alcantra 2010

classic pattern

This hanky edging is a bit exaggerated in the size of the mignonette bars but easy to vary to suit your personal tastes.

And mignonette style tatting is every bit as beautiful when tatted using the tatting needle instead of tatting shuttle. This excellent example is by Roger Freedman. (Whose presence is missed online.)
Baby's Breath needle tatted mignonette by Roger Freedman

So please give this technique a try.

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Beaded Bracelet By Dagmar Pezzuto tatted beaded bracelet by Dagmar Pezzuto 2018


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