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May 12 2016 Tatting Newsletter

A Tradition of Free Tatting Patterns
It was a common practice among the early manufacturers of thread, flax, cotton wool or silk to also publish patterns which called for the use of their products.

One of earliest companies to share this way was the Barbour Brothers Thread Co. There is a short article available for you to read.


Another set of brothers, the Belding Bros., also developed crochet, embroidery and needlework pattern books in order to tempt tatters and other needle artists to try their thread. One Belding Bros. booklet with tatting patterns was posted on BellaOnline.come tatting patterns section over the weeks of July 17 through August 7, 2011. This book has been broken into four part for easy downloading.


Although Nonotuck Silk and "Brainerd & Armstrong" Silk were two different turn of the century silk thread manufacturers, they worked closely together. By 1922, the Nonotuck Silk Company merged with the Brainerd and Armstrong Company to form the Corticelli Silk Company.


And then ten years later, the Corticelli Silk Company merged with the Belding-Hemingway Company. Yes, the same Belding Bros. mentioned above.

Corticelli is a name certainly familiar to tatters. The booklet "Corticelli Lessons in Tatting" Book 3, 1916, by Nellie Ellison and Melvia Stoddard has long provided patterns for us to use. This book included a full instruction section and gave us 170 patterns to tat. It also combined tatting with the specialty braids of the era, such as coronation braid, turtle braid and rick rack.

turtle braids seen in the Corticelli 1916 Lessons in Tatting book turtle braid

sample of coronation cord coronation braid

sample of rickrack braid rick rack

A decade later the Corticelli Silk Company merged with the Belding-Hemingway Company. This company closed in 1930. You will remember the Belding Bros. Co from the patterns posted in July. Belding Brothers & Company merged with Heminway Sons Silk Company in 1925 and did business as Belding-Heminway.

From "Corticelli Lessons in Tatting" Book 3, 1916, by Nellie Ellison and Melvia Stoddard" edging 57.

standard mirror image tatting insertion from the Corticelli book

Samples of patterns from the Hemingway book may be found here on BellaOnline.com


As my research into vintage tatting information continued I found a surprising statement online in several articles. 'General Meritt Heminway of the Heminway Silk Company in Watertown, CT, est. 1821, was the first person to ever wind silk on a spool.' According to a History of Litchfield County, CT, he expanded this silk thread business in 1849 to include "sewing silks of all kinds." The first person to ever spool thread?? Wow! that surprised me.

These silk threads were intended for embroidery, especially floral "needle painting", which was so very popular at that time. There are a number of Heminway Sons Silk Co. pattern booklets available for free download online.
Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Gina Brummett - May Mystery Motif Gina Brummet was a great friend and terrific tatter. She offered this pattern as the May Mystery Motif (2008.)


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I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback! Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!

Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor http://tatting.bellaonline.com One of hundreds of sites at BellaOnline.com

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