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  • MT- Marker Thread
  • Open End Chain- Needle Tatting
  • TF- Take Off - Needle Tatting
  • Celtic Snowflake
  • Open End Chain
  • Celtic Edging
  • Celtic Knot Earrings
  • Celtic Knot Heart
  • Celtic Flower
  • Trefoil Knot Heart
  • Sunburst Center Celtic Cross
  • Trefoil Knot Celtic Edging
  • Trefoil Celtic Knot Collar
  • Small Celtic Knot Flower
  • Celtic Knot Butterfly(cover)
  • Celtic Cross Bookmark
  • Floating Ring- Needle Tatting

Title: Celtic Tatting: Knots & Patterns
Author/Designer: Rozella F. Linden
Format/Publication Date: TPB:2004
Publisher: Handy Hands, Inc., Paxton, IL
Page Count: 28
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1-883432-12-X

SUMMARY- You get color photos throughout. Patterns are nicely broken down so they are easy to read. The designs are beautiful! This book is designed for needle tatting, not for shuttles(Ruth says she is actually a shuttle tatter - Barb added the needle tatting instructions to help promote needle tatting - but all of her patterns were originally shuttle tatted). Split rings are an important component(one I haven't mastered yet). My one gripe is that I wanted lots and lots more patterns!

I got a lovely e-mail from Ruth, and permission to pass information on from it(Thank you, Ruth!):

Mrs. Perry has a new website:

"My pen name, Rozella Florence Linden, was chosen because I did not want to publish a book with my x husband's last name. It is my grandmother's first name, my mother's middle name and my sister's favorite tree. Both of my grandmothers tatted, and my sister and I learned from our mother. For my first 20 years or so everyone I knew who tatted was in my family, or had been taught by someone in my family. Tatting was a "lost art" and almost no one knew how to do it.

I had promised my grandmother that I would not let the art of tatting disappear. I think I have done my part, but back in the 1950s when I learned there were NO tatting books available, just a few booklets fromt he thread companies and pattern in Workbasket. Patterns were passed down from person to person, and many tatters just kept a notebook of what they knew how to tat. I tried to find a tatting book through the library loan program at my local public library and was told there were NO books on tatting available anywhere. Things have changed, and I truly enjoy seeing all the many wonderful books available today. I have tried to encourage new designers, and new tatters."

"I revised by self-published books so that they would be available in print when I can no longer do the self-publishing. I added patterns, corrected misprints, and added/improved photos where necessary to make the books more complete and easier to understand.

I am currently working on putting as many of my patterns into book collections as I can so that the Patterns will always be available.