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  • An Attractive Doyley in Tatting(Rect.,linen center)
  • Something New in Tatting Designs(bedspread)
  • Set Rnd. Linen Center Bedroom Doilies
  • Lace Collar
  • Newe Daisy and Clover-leaf Border
  • (2)Handkerchief Edging(with corner)
  • Table Mats
  • Border and Corner for Bridge-Cloth
  • Guest Towel with Inlets, Edgings
  • Attractive Medallions and Mats
  • Tea-Table Doyley Border
  • Clover-Leaf Doyley(linen center)
  • Wide Border

Title: New Idea Book of Tatting Designs, No. 2
Author/Designer: Norma Benporath
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1937
Publisher: Fitchett Brothers, W. Melbourne, Australia
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- You get several lovely patterns - quality was strived for over quantity. It is interesting to note that almost all the patterns(the collar was the exception) had linen centers. Judith Connors mentioned in a post on Crafttree that during the war, fine threads that could be used for tatting and crochet were a lot more scarce, and the addition of linen centers helped ladies stretch what there was. Norma Benporath was a gifted designer who published mainly in magazines, with little booklets like this one being put out by the thread manufacturers to promote their threads. I don't have many of them, to my sorrow. This one was donated to the Bibliography Project - Thank You.

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