August 30 2011 Tatting Newsletter
You may recall from our study of the Dexter Yarns, that Dexter was acquired by Collingbourne Mills, Inc. and that the advertising name "Grandpa Dexter" morphed to "Grandma Dexter" to popularize the quilt-related projects produced by Virginia Snow Studios. During the great depression in the USA (1929-1940) the name changed again to Dexter Thread Mills. The recovering economy and the start of the "baby-boomer" era, saw Dexter sold to LeeWards which was eventually sold to the national chain Michael's
There are two complete Collingbourne booklets available for free download:
Collingbourne’s Authority on Fine Arts: Crochet, Tatting, Knitting, Embroidery, Book No. 19. On page 26 of the original document or page 39 of the new scan there is but one tatting pattern. On page 32 of the original booklet there is a very interesting advertisement showing the Collingbourne Rapid shuttle, a flat tatting shuttle.
Collingbourne's New Easy Way of making real Tatting and Maltese Art, Book no. 11. This booklet has about 20 pages teeming with tatting patterns and there are several patterns for hairpin or maltese lace, too. (Albert Collingbourne also holds a patent for what I believe is a hairpin lace loom guide: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/2061612.pdf ) And the third to last page of the booklet has a list of Collingbourne publications.
Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.
Single Shuttle Chain
Creating a chain using only one shuttle.
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