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  • Difficulty Levels
  • Introduction
  • How to Tat
  • Simple Ring Edging
  • Simple Rick-rack Insertion
  • Rows of Rings(insertion or edging)
  • Simple Ring and Chain Edging
  • Cloverleaf Insertion(difficulty level3)
  • Basic cloverleaf square(level3)
  • Cloverleaf square x4(level 3)
  • Joining in a ring(bases out)
  • Decorated stationary ideas(level1)
  • Elegant flower edging(level5)
  • Safe sweater guard(level3)
  • Celtic cross bookmark(level3)
  • Cross bookmark(level4)
  • Hens and Chickens #1(level2)
  • Hens and Chickens #2(level2)
  • Earrings(level3)
  • Simple two-thread edging(level3)
  • Simple edging(level2)
  • Wide edging(level3)
  • Cloverleaf strip, small openwork(level3)
  • Cloverleaf strip, large openwork(level3)
  • Common questions and answers(helpful hints)
  • How to make a Weaver's Knot
  • Glossary of Tatting Terms

Title: Tatting Made Simple
Author/Designer: Helen A. Chesno
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1977,1992revised
Publisher: Chesno Publications, Coraopolis, PA
Page Count: 43
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 1931384002

SUMMARY- The samples given are black-and-white diagrams - no photos of finished samples. She uses older notation(written rather then symbolic) but breaks down instructions so that they are easier to follow. This would be a good learning book if you're interested in tackling patterns from some of the older magazines but aren't comfortable with the notation. This is a beginner's book for crafters just learning to tat. Her instructions are well worded, but I think it is easier to learn with more heavily illustrated or pictorial instructions. Figuring out how to transfer stitches consistantly from your loom to the core thread can be tricky and frustrating so without that visual aid, all the well written instruction in the world can be useless except to the most stubborn. She does give a lot of great advice throughout. I read it as a very well practiced beginner, and found several useful bits I hadn't otherwise run across. Ms. Chesno's books may not have a polished look, but she gives solid advice and useful tips. I was happy to add this book to my library.