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  • Introduction:
    • Types of Special Picots
    • Types of Picot Gauges
    • Diagram and Pattern Notes
    • Abbreviations
  • Canopy Bookmark
  • Happy Bookmark
  • Slalom Bookmark
  • Sunrise, Sunset Bookmark
  • Mirror, Mirror Bookmark
  • Criss Cross Bookmark
  • Hugs Bookmark
  • Elgiva(heart)
  • Broomstick Picot Heart
  • Big Sister Angel
  • Little Sister Angel
  • Graduated Picot Tree
  • Geoffrey's Broomstick Snowflake
  • Chris' Broomstick Snowflake
  • Circles & Squares Snowflake
  • Circles & Squares Cross
  • Mrs. Mee Flower Edging
  • Flower Edging Bookmark
  • Whimsey Bookmark

Title: Playing With Picots: a collection of tatted motifs and bookmarks using special picot techniques
Author/Designer: Martha Ess
Format/Publication Date: TPB:2011
Publisher: Self, Greensboro, NC
Page Count: 44
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- My first thought when seeing the title of this book was "Huh, probably nothing new here." I was soooo wrong. This book is stuffed with really unique-looking pieces - all because of the picots. My favorite is "Geoffrey's Broomstick Snowflake" - it looks different from any other snowflake I've ever tatted, and I've tatted a LOT of snowflakes! Many of the bookmark designs are also unique and extremely appealing. I'm a really big fan of Ms. Ess's block tatted animal motifs as well, and can confidently recommend any of her books - I've loved them all. She's such an impressive designer!

Patterns are diagrammed, and instructions are well broken down and easy to follow. She does incorporate many advanced techniques, so I don't recommend her books for beginners, but they are definitely worth aspiring to!

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