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  • CHAPTER I: Materials and Implements for Working
  • CHAPTER II: Plain Needlework- Explanation of Stitches
  • CHAPTER III: Plain Needlework- Instructions in the Preparation of Body Linen
  • CHAPTER IV: Plain Needlework- Instructions in the Preparation of House Linen
  • CHAPTER V: Plain Needlework- Miscellaneous Instructions
  • CHAPTER VI: Fancy Needlework- Explanation of Stitches
  • CHAPTER VII: Fancy Needlework- Explanation of Patterns
  • CHAPTER VIII: Fancy Needlework- Instructions in Embroidery
  • CHAPTER IX: Fancy Needlework- Preparation of Frames
  • CHAPTER X: Fancy Needlework- Application of Fancy Needlework to Useful Purposes
  • CHAPTER XI: Fancy Needlework- Special Instructions
  • CHAPTER XII: Knitting- Explanation of Stitches
  • CHAPTER XIII: Knitting- Examples in Knitting
  • CHAPTER XIV: Netting- Explanation of Stitches
  • CHAPTER XV: Netting- Examples in Netting
  • CHAPTER XVI: Crochet- Stitches in Crochet
  • CHAPTER XVII: Crochet- Examples in Crochet
  • CHAPTER XVIII: Tatting- Explanation of Stitches
  • CHAPTER XIX: Concluding Remarks
  • (4 pages of ads for other books they published)

Title: Ladies' Work-Table Book: Contains clear and practical instructions in plain and fancy needle-work, embroidery, knitting, netting, crochet, and tatting
Author/Designer: Not Given
Format/Publication Date: HC:1843!!!
Publisher: H.G. Clarke and Co., London, England
Page Count: 216
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 6 5/8" x 4 1/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- The tatting chapter is only three pages, and the instruction given is pretty primitive - but it IS recognizably tatting. It also refers to the shuttle as a needle, but in this little book, there is no helpful illustration to go with it. It has only three illustrations. Two are edgings, both of which are comprised of half-closed rings to make scallops. One has the rings comprised entirely of picots to form petals, and the second has no picots to make a less frilly scallop. The third is a closed ring of six large picot(term author used was "scollop") double stitches to form star tatting, which they recommend go on children's caps.

There were no token illustrations to go with their meager instructions for making the critical double stitch.

Martha Ess gives an excellent thumbnail analysis of several books from this time period(including this one!) that I found engaging and insightful: