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May 22 2012 Tatting Newsletter

There are many archives online that are attempting to preserve vintage tatting patterns of yesterday for tatters of today and tomorrow.

The Archive of Tatting Books in the Public Domain hosted by the Online Tatting Class.

The Antique Pattern Library

Digital Archive of Documents Related to Lace

Here is just one such rescued pattern made usable to all and offered in booklet format for all of us.

Mary McCarthy, editor of KNOTS newsletter, presented this revised Needlecraft Magazine April 1922 pattern at the April 2009 Spokane Shuttlebirds Workshop, " A Handsome Tatted Hat" by Mrs. L. L. Peterson. 20 pages, spiral bound, 8.5" x 11" size.

Mary McCarthy has rewritten the original long form tatting directions for this tatted hat from 1922 into modern tatting terms. She has separated the different elements of the hat and presents them individually with notes for the tatting of them.

The hat begins with a tatted rosette and hints about ball thread joining and shaping the chains accompany the directions. The center rose medallion is surrounded by a plain row to which is joined the first of two wide edgings, mirror images of each other. The hat band consists of 9 separate rose medallions with small 6-ring flowers used as fillers.

The crown and band are then edged with a plain alternating ring and chain row which begins the flat area of the hat brim. A further 9 rose medallions are tatted also with 6-ring flowers as fillers on the inner side but with smaller rose medallions on the outer side. As a finishing row, the plain alternating ring and chain row is repeated.

Two color samples of the same 6-pt motif are given to illustrate the difference in look between the regular shuttle lock join and the ball thread join (used in the rose medallions.) The directions for the crown rose medallion are augmented with suggestions for using both the split ring and split chain to tat the crown from center to outer row without cutting the thread.

A great project for a summer wedding party, garden party tea hat or "Sunday" best accessory.

I acquired this booklet for my personal tatting book reference library, G. Seitz.

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

K. Solomon's Bookmarks & Button Abecedarius
Karey Solomon, editor of Tatting Times, has recently published two new booklets of patterns, "Bouquet of Bookmarks" and "Button Abecedarius". 26 pages, 11 patterns, half size booklet.


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