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  • Introduction
  • Rudiments of Tatting
  • Edgings and Insertions
  • Articles of Use and Ornament
  • Doileys, Squares and Tidies

Title: Old-Fashioned Tatting Patterns, Book 1
Edited by: Barbara Foster
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1999
Publisher: Handy Hands, Inc., Paxton, IL
Page Count: 76
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1883432065

SUMMARY- Ms. Foster has reproduced several key books that had become scarce. She is an expert in the history of the field, and a pioneer in the art of needle tatting. I admire her greatly. The pages of this book originally came from an 1896 publication called "Tatting and Netting." Since it is a republication, there are no diagrams, and the instructions for these traditional pieces are in old written notation that isn't broken down at all. I still think they're well worth the time and trouble. I love these old books, and I love that people like Ms. Foster and Ms. Kliot and Iva Rose Publications have worked to make a lot of these old gems available again.

Barbara Foster has a website where you can buy anything you need to tat: