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Title: The New Tatting of To-Day
Author/Designer: Louise S. Hauck
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1916,2015reprint
Publisher: The Ladies' World, McClure Publications, NY
Language: English
Page Count: 16
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 1916:None; 2015: 9781333472955

SUMMARY- The reprint I broke down and bought is on good paper, but I believe was reduced about 50% in size, based on the impossibly small print size and my knowledge of the preferred format of the time period. I have bad eyes, so your mileage may vary on whether the reprint is readable or not without magnification. The original cover has two versions of a butterfly on it, one with wings open, and one with wings closed. Directions for the cover butterfly is on the inside of the front cover. You get a brief two-page lesson with a few illustrations, then Ms Hauck gets down to brass tacks. She starts you off with some simple edgings, adds another butterfly to use as an insertion in a linen centerpiece with a simple tatted edging, adds a curving clover border to go around a linen doily, adds another butterfly, a narrow tatted edging for a Net Ruffle, then a wide tatted edge representing groups of flowers and leaves. There is an edge and medallion for a linen collar, an insertion for underwear and children's dresses, a dainty yoke for a baby's dress, medallion for centerpiece with another cloverleaf edging, a medallion/edgings set for a table runner, but baskets, a forget-me-not insertion and beading(ribbon threaded through), two more narrow edgings, and one last insertion with only one thread that allows you to thread a ribbon through the crossing threads.

It ends with an advertisement for a "Bob-o-link" Two-Piece tatting shuttle, by Eisenstadt Mfg., Co., St. Louis, MO., and Corticelli Silk Mills thread. I don't think there's anything here you can't find elsewhere, but it comes from that time period in the early 1900s when tatting had made a comeback, and design was evolving for this discipline. It makes an interesting addition for that reason.

I have an original copy of the first book, and am looking for an original copy of the second book. When I find one, I'll make full-size reprints of both bound together. There's a free PDF available, but the copy they scanned was pretty pounded and written in, and they made no attempt to clean up the images. I like nicer copies, so stay tuned. But the free PDF and reprint will have to do us for now.

Thefree PDF is available at: