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July 27 2017 Tatting Newsletter

De point en point presents No. D.
L' Art de la Frivolite, Canadian Spool Cotton Co.
French, undated, saved by the Antique Pattern Library

For those who are thinking about teaching or who like to tat vintage patterns, this little pattern is a great teaching lesson. It typifies the reason that so much time is taken to update patterns for the modern tatter.

For a Boutonniere

french text of boutonniere pattern and photo, L' Art de la Frivolite, Canadian Spool Cotton Co, pg. 5
Please read the additional instructions below before actually beginning to tat.

Materials: 1 ball thread ( 6 cord, size 30 J.P. Coats suggested.)

Using one shuttle, make the center ring.
R 1 (- 1) x 20 clr Cut and tie.

1st round R 3 - 3 + (join to picot of center ring) 3 - 3 clr rw
*CH 4 (- 2) x 4, - 4 rw
R 3 - 3 + (skip next picot and join to the following picot) 3 - 3 clr rw
Repeat from * 8 times (this creates 10 rings.)
CH 4 (- 2) x 4, 4 + (join at the base of the of the first ring of this round.)
Cut and Tie.

Second round, join to a free picot on the center ring.
*CH 6 (- 2) x 19, - 6, + (join to the next free picot of the center ring.)
Repeat from * around. Join to the last chain to the start of the round. Cut and Tie.

The resulting flower is very frilly and feminine looking, great for a corsage or bouquet. However, if this is intended to be a gentleman's boutonniere, then perhaps a few less decorative picots might be preferred.

Let's study the construction of this flower a little more closely. Did you notice the "cut and tie" instructions? Cut and tie was common in the "old days", but it made for more work.

The first time it appears is after the center ring is completed. Then the tatter is instructed to attach the second thread to continue. This makes one unnecessary set of tails to hide. To avoid this, simply leave the shuttle attached to the ball, or wind two shuttles continuous thread method (CTM.)

At the end of the first round, the tatter is advised to join to the start of the round and again cut and tie. Also unnecessary. Instead make a shuttle lock join to the start of the round, pull the shuttle thread to the back of the work and join to the next free standing picot on the center ring. Continue into the next chain which begins the second round.

Thus three sets of tails to hide has been reduced to just the ending tails.

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