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Photo of author, Toshiko Takashima


Title: Hook Tatting
Author/Designer: Toshiko Takashima
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1980
Publisher: Nihon Vogue, Ltd., Japan
Page Count: 82
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: ???

SUMMARY- I bought this book used off e-bay. It was described as a crochet book - and the word "crochet" is in the title, but the collar the model is sporting on the cover looked like tatting to me, and the book I bought with it looked like the cover of a Teiko Fujito book - they were both copyrighted under the name T. Seto. I took a chance and bought them. So glad I did! I asked Georgia Seitz about this one, and she had ton's of information to share about the author(see below).

The photo illustrations are easy to follow - I think I could learn how to hook tat from this book, even not being able to read Japanese. The patterns stick to fairly simple ring/chain patterns, but it's put to a very wide variety of uses in clothing and handbags, and other articles. The photography is great - what we've come to expect from all Japanese craft books. This book is 35 years old now, but holds up well. Japanese Hook Tatting is another hybrid form of tatting that was developed and copyrighted by Ms. Takashima. The title does say "Crochet Tatting" but it means the double ended takashimabari hook not a bullion hook. She had one other book on the subject, Takashima Tatting, published in 1974, then published her technique and patterns in a Three-book series. I'm really happy to add this to my collection.

Excerpt from Georgia:
Japanese Style Hook Tatting by Toshiko Takashima, born in Osaka, Japan. A talented designer she learned tatting, knitting from sisters at childhood and later learned Ribbon embroidery from Shizue Sanda, French embroidery from Leonie Miura, Knitting from Yasuko Uga and Continuity lace from Kazuko Yamashita.

1974 Published the book “Takashima Tatting”.
1976 Performed tatting on NHK( Japan broadcast) TV program FujinHyakka at Feb
Held Work Exhibition at Mitsukoshi Department store.
1978 Received a patent for hook tatting tool called Takashimabari and also patent received for Hook tatting method of chain by using Takashimabari.
1980 Published the book “Hook Tatting” from Vogue Nippon.
1986 Held the Work Exhibition at Junkudo at Paris.
1998 Attended at Ring of Tatters tatting day at England and introduced Takashima tatting.
2008 Joined Horstmar International Tatting Exhibition in Germany.
Since 1988 holds the work exhibition at Ashiya city every each year.
Every year she joins the hobby show at Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya.
Member of Ring of Tatters, Japan Tatting Association.

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