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This image was scanned from my private collection

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • I. Introduction
  • II. What is Tatting?
  • III. Equipment and Materials
  • IV: The Technique
    • The basic ring
    • Picots
    • Joining circles
    • Working with two shuttles or a guide thread
    • Finishing off
    • Starting
    • Abbreviations
  • V: Laces and Simple Designs
    • Laces
    • Christmas Star
    • Christmas Ball
    • Fan
    • Butterfly
  • VI: Tatting With a Needle
    • Knotting technique with a needle
    • Inverted tatting(working with two needles)
  • VII: Needle Tatting
    • Christmas angel
    • Mistletoe
    • Wattle
    • Small Flowers
    • Rose 1, 2, 3
    • Pointed leaf
    • Rounded leaf
    • Lizard
    • Fuchsia
    • Snowdrops
    • Dragonfly
    • Fly
    • Bee
    • Rose
    • Forget-Me-Nots
    • Violets
    • Butterfly 1-5
    • Tropical fish
  • VIII: Conclusion

Title: Kleurrijk frivolité((Colorful tatting - original Dutch title))
New Dimensions in Tatting
Author/Designer: To De Haan-Van Beek
Format/Publication Date: TPB: 1982(Dutch); HC:1994(English translation)
Publisher: Cantecleer(Dutch); Kangaroo Press Pty Ltd, Kenthurst(English translation)
Page Count: 87
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 6"
ISBN: 9021313863(Dutch edition); 0-86417-599-X(English translation)

SUMMARY- I haven't attempted anything from this book yet - but I really really want to. There are a few traditional looking designs, but most of the designs don't even look like tatting. Inverted tatting looks completely different from traditional tatting. The English cover shows a good example of this, but not the most stunning. There are butterflies, a dragonfly, violets(which you get to see on the Dutch original cover!) and a tropical fish that will just blow your mind! Her use of color(all the photos are in beautiful color) is spectacular. Instructions are broken down reasonably well and there are diagrams to go with all the patterns. This book was not originally published in English, and I'm so glad someone did a translation - I'm not sure someone could work a majority of the patterns without being able to read the instructions. Despite this, no matter what language you can find it in, I highly recommend this book! It's one of those rare ground-breaking books that should be on every serious tatter's shelf.