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  • Notes on Tatting
  • Tatting Terms
  • Tatting Tools
  • Abbreviations & Symbols
  • First Steps in Needle Tatting:
    • The Double Stitch
    • The Picot
    • Rings
    • Tatted Flowers
    • Joins
    • Edgings
    • Reverse Work
    • Bookmark
    • Solving Problems
  • Patterns:
    • Antique Handkerchief
    • Wreath of Rings
    • Butterfly
    • Small Snowflake
    • Medallion
    • Snowflake
    • Just-Rings Doily
  • Care of Finished Tatting
  • Supplies
  • Tatting Organizations
  • Bibliography
  • Tatting Forget-Me-Knots
  • About the Author
  • Notes

Title: Time to Tat: A beginner's guide to the art of needle tatting
Author/Designer: Diane Di Rosa Biswas, Yen Hanes
Format/Publication Date: Sprlbnd:2002
Publisher: Diane's Cottage Crafts, Columbus, Ohio
Page Count: 31
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- This book teaches needle tatting, using black-and-white photos and well broken down written instruction. Patterns are in standard written notation as you would find in old magazines like "Workbasket" with no reference to diagrams or symbolic notation. Ms. Biswas gives you small practice patterns after each tutorial and a small section of easily completed patterns to continue practice with. It covers only the (very)bare basics but does so fairly well. Samples aren't blocked before photographing, so they don't show to best advantage, but I run across this in a lot of books so it is apparently not as important as I think it is. This isn't a bad book to have as a beginner who needs reminding of the steps and hand positions, but will quickly be outgrown.