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  • Foreword
  • (5)Simple Edgings
  • (4)Medallions
  • (4)Edgings with Corners
  • Butterfly Trim
  • Baby Shoettes
  • Crown for a Hat
  • Dainty Collar
  • Circular Doyley

Title: Heritage Patterns: Tatting Designs of Norma Benporath
Author/Designer: Queensland Division Inc., Australian Lace Guild
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1995
Publisher: Queensland Division Inc., Australian Lace Guild, Australia
Page Count: 16
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Two of the simple edgings are used as a picture frame and horseshoe. All the patterns were converted to diagrams - and diagrams need no translation. Fresh samples were tatted of all the patterns and photographed on a black background. Photos are not large enough to count stitches from the samples - but you've got diagrams. I don't know if this is accurate or not, but I tend to see Norma Benporath as the Australian version of the USA's Myrtle Hamilton - a creative and prolific designer who helped keep tatting alive through a period when very few people were tatting or even knew what it was. Ms. Benporath(benPORath) published mostly in newspapers, magazines and through SEMCO, a thread manufacturer. She is very well respected internationally.

Norma Benporath passed away in 1998 at 97 years old. Elgiva Nicholls rather infamously claimed she was already dead decades before.