July 28 2016 Tatting Newsletter
The last time I reviewed a book by Emiko Kitao I wrote:
"This new tatting book is absolutely surprising! It has some really creative techniques and 3-dimensional tatting, too. Just check out the cover. Simple tatted rings and chains are formed into flower blossoms and corsages by careful stiffening and molding. The 3-d items include stars, hearts, squares and baubles."
I was seriously enthused about her work. But this new book is amazingly jaw dropping!
Tatting Lace Flower Accessories by Emiko Kitao ©2016
Applemints Asahi Originals #650
This paper bound book has 64 pages in both color and black and white. 8.5" x 10" (22 x 26 cm.) All of the 94 projects are shown in full color with suggestions for uses. There are many combinations possible to create necklaces, bracelets, hair ornaments, corsages and clothing decorations. There is even a tatted alphabet designed with padded tatting.
The tutorials for needed tatting methods are presented in step by step photo illustrations.
The diagrams are numerous, multi-colored and detailed.
But, yes, the entire text is in Japanese, which might be a drawback but is not. As long as an experienced tatter has a clear photo and a numbered diagram, the language of the pattern does not matter. Fortunately, this booklet is intended for the experienced tatter who will be familiar with the many tatting techniques needed to create the pretty tatted flowers on the covers . Don't pass this one by because it is not in English. It is so worth the extra effort.
My absolute all time favorite pattern is the set of alphabets letters. The letter "A" is pictured on the cover. The frame is heart shaped and both it and the individual initials are created with padded tatting (multiple threads in the core.) A tatted vine with petite blossoms is entwined around the frame.
A vintage illustration of padded tatting.
Note: I acquired this book for my personal tatting reference libary. G. Seitz
Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.
Snowflake, L Hauck 1915 Snowflake, L Hauck 1915 Snowflake pattern pg 15 from Tatting of Today pub. by Ladies' World ed. Louise Hauck 1915
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