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July 2 2015 Tatting Newsletter

Hello Tatters!
There is a correction for a recent newsletter.

Anitra wrote:

I think a name was left out of this article. Sophie LaCroix was not on the Titanic (I double-checked the passenger list on www.encyclopedia-titanica.com). Lady Duff-Gordon (full name: Lucy Christiana Sutherland Wallace Duff-Gordon) was a Titanic survivor. While she endorsed the book of tatting patterns, she never mentioned in her autobiography, Discretions and Indiscretions (which I had to get through an inter-library loan from Texas), that she actually tatted. Still, as multi-talented as she was, I feel quite confident that she knew how to wield a shuttle.

Thanks so much for that info. The article was edited.

From that same newsletter:
http://www.bellaonline.com/newsdtl.asp?name=tatting&date=6/25/2015%202:40:09%20PM, there were a couple of other questions. I was asked about the magazine, The Delineator. Luckily there is an article already posted here on BellaOnline.com that can help answer that.


Ebenezer Butterick seeking to ease his wife's labor in making clothes founded Butterick's Pattern company in 1863. In order to sell patterns, Mr. Butterick founded the "Metropolitan Monthly." This magazine was replaced by the "Delineator", a magazine more familiar to tatters. The title of this magazine, the "Delineator" came from a tool used by tailors to trim patterns in multiple sizes.

Here is a vintage pattern from an 1892 "Delineator":

This is a slightly more elaborate edging than most of this time period. Using two shuttles or one shuttle/needle and ball, the tatter creates rings (in color) that face both above and below the line of progression. These rings are then surround by one or two rounds of tatted chain. When working the larger section, note that the joins are between the decorative chains not the rings.

In this unusually wide tatted edging you have the option of working it as all one shuttle work, i.e., all rings, with lots and lots of cut and tie. Or, consider the color diagram. The upper line of opposing rings should be tatted first. But the lower section may be tatted in one pass using two shuttles and the split ring method.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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

Tatted Doilies & Edgings - Annamaria Riccardi
Tatted Doilies and Edgings by Annamaria Riccardi


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