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March 25 2014 Tatting Newsletter

Needlecraft Magazine October 1925
Tatting Patterns by Clara Haase

Needlecraft Magazine published in the first half of the 20th century in Augusta, Maine was one of many publications designed for women. It featured everything from recipes to home remedies, practical linens and clothes repairs to delicate laces. The earliest issue that I have is from 1912. It continued in publication under that name until about 1933 when the name was changed to Needlecraft Home Arts Magazine. It last appeared in the early 1940's under the name of Home Arts Magazine. It had monthly issues and specialty publications.

cover of May 1917 Needlecraft Magazine featuring tatted edging

This is the earliest issue that I have that actually shows tatting on the cover.

These designs are by Clara Haase. Her name appears more than once in Needlecraft Magazine. I also believe that this same set of patterns was reprinted 48 years later in "Olde Time Needlework Patterns and Designs: Exquisite Designs and Patterns Out of the Glorious Past " in the March 1973 issue. And, now, 89 years after they first appeared, the patterns are still ever fresh.

R = Ring CH = Chain clr = close ring rw = reverse work dnrw = do not reverse work - = picot + = join

Clara Haase pattern 1 Needlecraft Magazine Oct. 1925

Pattern 1

*RA 6 - 6 - 5 - 2 - 5 clr dnrw. CH 8 + (join to first picot of ring)

RB 5 - 5 - 5 - 5 clr dnrw. Continue CH 8 + (join to first picot of previous ring) 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 + (join to second picot of same ring) 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - + (join to third picot of same ring) 8 + (join to base of same ring) CH 8 + (join to second picot of initial ring.)

RA 6 - 6 - 5 - 2 - 5 clr dnrw. CH 8 + (join to first picot of ring)

CH 9 + (join to last picot of chain around initial ring A) 6 - 6 - 9 + (join to first picot of ring B at the same spot where this chain began) CH 8 + (join to second picot of ring )

Repeat from * for length desired and finish off ends.


At end of row make last chain which has no inner ring a split ring and exit through the middle picot and begin the return pass of all tatted chains.

CH 8 - 8 + (join to previous row) 8 - 8 and repeat.

Clara Haase pattern 5 Needlecraft Magazine Oct. 1925

Pattern 5

Begin this straight chain with a starter picot.

CH 8 - repeat for desired length. At end turn and work back the opposite direction.
CH 8 - 8 + (join to picot of straight chain); when you reach the beginning of the chain join to the starter picot with an 8 ds split chain. This brings you into the last pass.
CH 7 + (join to next freestanding picot) 5, using picot gauge create 9 picots, 5 + (join to next picot) continue to end and finish off ends.

Additional patterns from this set will be posted in upcoming articles. I would love to have a new model of this lace to illustrate this pattern. If you would like to submit photo please send jpg to tatting@BellaOnline.com. To view the photos more easily, open them in a new window or right click and save to your computer graphics program.

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

Ending Coronation Cord & Tatting Patterns
Tips on handling the ends of coronation cord used in tatting patterns.


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