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  • Abbreviations
  • How-To Instructions
  • Edgings
  • How to Attach Edging
  • Maintenance and Laundering
  • How to Starch
  • 12" Tree Top Ornament(star in a hoop)
  • 22 Ornament Motifs
  • Pinafore Edging
  • 10 Christmas Balls
  • Notepaper "Begonia"
  • Notepaper "Snowdrop"
  • Notepaper "Wreath"
  • Notepaper "Holly"
  • Pincushion Edging- "Red Cabbage"
  • Pincushion Edging- "Bells of Ireland"
  • Pincushion Edging- "Phlox"
  • Pincushion Edging- "Alyssum"
  • Picture Frame
  • Handkerchief Edging- "Spring"
  • Felt Sunbonnet Sue Needlecase

Title: Festive Tatting
Author/Designer: Marion T. Leyds
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1983
Publisher: The DMC Corporation, Elizabeth, NJ
Page Count: 31
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None;

SUMMARY- There are good black-and-white photos of each project, with red arrows indicating starting points. Instructions are in blocks, but large enough type not to be difficult to follow - and her instructions are explicit enough for beginners. There's a great variety of patterns in this booklet, and I've made many of the ornaments, though it's been many years - I bought this book when it was new!

(June 2016)I recently remade the 22 ornament motifs, and have gotten so spoiled using more modern patterns that use symbolic notation and puting only one element to a line, that I ended up rewriting the patterns on sticky notes(which they fit on) to leave in my book. Her instructions are perfect except for one motif that gives you the wrong picot numbers on a large ring to join into - and a glance at the sample picture will solve that. I used size 40 Lizbeth "Blue Ice" for all of them, and encountered no difficulties. I highly recommend both of Marion Leyd's books.

Note from Leigh: I can recommend this book for beginners who want a book with lots and lots of patterns to choose from, that stick to traditional techniques so they can practice their basics. For the Motifs(22 of them!), the beginner will need to learn the folded join, which is different from the usual up-join that is most commonly used, otherwise the last picot that joins your last ring to your first ring will be twisted! There are great tutorials for this on YouTube and Craftree. It's not hard, but not intuitive either, so if you don't know what I'm talking about already, go look it up.