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  • Introduction
  • How to Tat
  • Special Techniques
  • Equipment for Tatting
    • Edgings
    • Braids and Strips
    • Composite Laces
    • Individual Laces and Fragments
  • How To Use Tatting
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Suppliers
  • Index

Title: A Pattern Book of Tatting
Author/Designer: Mary Konior
Format/Publication Date: HC:1985
Publisher: Dryad Press Ltd., London, UK
Page Count: 96
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: 0852195988

SUMMARY- I paid a lot more for this book than I would ordinarily for any tatting book, and not as much as I should have. When you can find this one, it typically goes for $450 or more(as of 2014). There are excellent reasons for this. Mary Konior was a genius at design. Pick up a copy of her easier to find "Tatting With Visual Patterns" and you'll understand immediately what I'm talking about. This book uses an older notation("ds" instead of a number, "p" instead of "-") but isn't hard to follow. Patterns instructions are well broken down and easy to read. Her patterns have humorous names like "Betsy's Downfall" "Mathew, Mark, Luke, John" "Drunkard's Path" "Haste-to-the-Wedding" "Old Wive's Trail" or "Shepherd's Hey". Even the traditional "Hen and Chicks" pattern has an interesting variation. Photos are all black-and-white and not quite good enough to count stitches.

I enjoy her writing style and find her designs inspiring. There is never anything dull about Mary Konior's work. I feel fortunate to have found a copy of this book. (Thank you, Stephanie!)

Judith Connors wrote a small biographic piece for Craftree.