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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Tatting Instructions
  • Tatting Patterns
  • Embroidery Instructions
  • Embroidery Patterns
  • Crochet Instructions
  • Crochet Patterns
  • Knitting Instructions
  • Netting Instructions
  • Knitting and Netting Patterns
  • Alphabets for Monograms and Initials
  • Monograms and Initials
  • Point Lace Work
  • Point Lace Instructions
  • Point Lace Patterns
  • Instructions and Patterns in Guipure D'Art
  • Berlin Work Instructions
  • Index

Title: Beeton's Book of Needlework
Author/Designer: Mrs. Isabella Beeton
Format/Publication Date: HC:1870,1986
Publisher: Ward, Lock and Tyler, UK
                Exeter Books, NY
Language: English
Page Count: 592
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 6"
ISBN: 1986:0671081543

SUMMARY- There are quite a few reprints of this volume, which was originally published in 1870. I chose this one simply because I wanted a hardcover, and I liked the cover treatment. I was taken by surprise to find the tatting chapters front and center - they're usually tucked away in the last quarter of a book that has a collection of needlework disciplines - always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Mrs. Beeton was evidently a devoted fan. Mrs. (Cornelia) Mee is credited in the first paragraph of the first chapter with having introduced working from the ball of thread to stave off the need for tieing in new threads, and Mdlle. Riego credited with the modern join which allows for the making of fabrics as the elements are made.

She provided no illustrations in her instruction chapter except for that of what a shuttle looks like, and a tatting pin, but she does go into some written detail on how to form the basic elements. The illustrations in the pattern section are for the most part very traditional and mostly simple, with the notable exception of dimpled rings(to form heart shapes). Mrs. Beeton liked combining different disciplines in her patterns, using crochet, darned netting, beads, embroidery, lace stitch, mignardise - an impressive total of 82 pages were given over to the two tatting chapters. If you are just looking for a good variety of patterns, I'd stick with more modern books, but this is a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in the history of needlework. Mrs. Beeton appears to be knowledgeable on her subjects and willing to share that knowledge with her readers. I was happy to add this piece of reprinted history to the collection.