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Title: Schiffchenarbeit- Vobachs Handarbeitsbücher, No. 2
Author/Designer: Helene Mallin
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1923
Publisher: W. Vobach & Co., Berlin, Germany
Language: German
Page Count: 24
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- There was a renaissance of tatting in Germany parallel to the one happening in the USA. This book is in the middle of that renaissance. She gives several simple edgings, mignonette insertions to be used in blouses and scarfs and adding interest by threading ribbon through the chaining. She will weave inside a open-centered motif like motifs from the century before, plays a little with onion rings, which became very popular during this period, mainly through Mizi Donner and Tina Frauberger. She has one obligatory butterfly that is elaborate enough to be interesting, and she loved using her motifs as insertions in linens and women's garments. On the last page she played with directional tatting, switching off the core thread to create a wavey outline around a central onion ring with radial rings to join into around that center. She sticks more to traditional techniques and displays plenty of examples on how the tatting can be used. The font it was printed in isn't quite as ornate as others from the time period that I've seen, but still a bit of a headache to read. The generous illustrations are a big positive, if you're interested in studying the development of tatting from the past.

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