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August 8 2019 Tatting Newsletter

Hello all! This week I translating a pattern from the German which was posted by the Antique Pattern Library July 2019. It is labeled "An Oval Tatted Doily." Surprisingly, the directions were written in cursive, longhand script. And, I must add, the handwriting is so even and legible it is a pleasure to read. I regret (and so did my mother often lament) that my handwriting is deplorable. They quit teaching cursive script for penmanship in the third grade. Sad but so many of us did not learn the lovely handwritten script of our mothers.

This is a lovely pattern. It is presented in four pieces. Here is a half diagram which I have stitched together to give you an idea of the size and shape.

oval tatted doily BYSO88 Antique Pattern Library

The style of construction reminds me so much of Ben Fikkert's tatting. You may remember his books. Please visit https://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art20429.asp

cover of Floriade by Ben Fikkert

As I was about to start the directions today I was faced with a dilemma. I had another request for my time to schedule a trip and purchase advance tickets to see the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO. I have a house guest who is here learning English. He is 17 and was actually born in Dracula's hometown, the 14th-century town of Sighisoara, Transylvania, Roumania. The first night we discussed our Constitution, the First and Second Amendment. He is using his words well but struggles with concepts. Today we learned the difference between can and may. As in "Can I drink the last soda in the icebox?" and "May I drink the last soda in the icebox?"

He spent the afternoon power washing the back porch and all the patio furniture. He came in dripping with both sweat and water from the hose and a look in his eyes like a puppy dog wanting your last bite of cookie. What can I say? I crumbled.

So I beg you to forgive me. The doily comes then on Aug. 11, 2019. Meanwhile, perhaps you would like to review this snippet of pattern Ben shared from the review of his book "Tatting Adventures."

 sample pattern by Ben Fikkert

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