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Title: The Art of Tatting
Author/Designer: Lady Katharin Hoare
Format/Publication Date: HC:1988(reprint)
Publisher: B.T. Batsford, Ltd., London
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 9"
ISBN: 0713460350

SUMMARY- This book was first published by Longmans, Green & Company in 1910. It is NOT a pattern book, but a picture book of Queen Elizabeth of Roumania's tatted needlework, as presented by Lady Hoare. The plates are stark black-and-white - the artwork they depict is lush and often domestic at once. Pieces are not blocked so there is a sense of having been well used before being carefully laid out to be photographed. The Queen's introduction is fascinating to read for her opinions and hopes and her wish for connection to other women of leisure. She speaks of loneliness in her last sentence, which gives it all a heartfelt sentimentality you don't think about from a Queen.

I had been curious about this book for many years, and am glad I spent the money necessary to acquire a copy in good condition. I'm fine with a reprint - it's the content that matters, after all. The coverlet on the cover was made for the baby son of the crown prince with tons of symbology worked into its fabric. What struck me most were the four angels depicted in the four corners with this small poem given with the description-

Four corners to my bed,
Four angels round my head,
One to watch and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away.

The Queen did a lot of needlework for her church - and urged clergy to allow women to do needlework during sermons to keep the women alert and attentive, assuring them the women would retain a great deal more of what was said than otherwise. She signed her introductory letter "Carmen Sylva" - the pen name she used for her literary efforts. There is one English language book I am aware of published over a century ago- "Queen Elisabeth of Roumania", by Blanche Roosevelt. It was republished around 2009 by a publishing house in India.

Here is a link to Judith Connor's write-up about these historic figures at Craftree:,+Elisabeth+of+and+Hoare+Katharin