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  • Dedication
  • From the Author
  • Use it or Lose it!
  • Tales of Tatting, the PINK one
  • Interlocking Increases
  • Black Diamonds
  • Spiral or Pinwheel
  • Green Diamonds
  • Motif a la Hexagon
  • Pink (again!) & Brown
  • Rings, In and Out
  • Tat a Granny Square
  • Tat...a Ripple!?!
  • Design Your Own
  • Log Cabins in Blues
  • Discussion of the concept
  • Triple Rail Fence
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden
  • True Lover's Knot
  • Bright Hopes
  • Stone Mason's Puzzle
  • Silhouette Tatting(Pat Stevens)
  • Loose Ends
  • A Very Special Gift

Title: Tatting a 4 Square Ring
Author/Designer: Mary Maynard
Format/Publication Date: SprlBnd:2002
Publisher: Classic Needle Arts, Laramie, WY
Page Count: 53
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Ms. Maynard gives explicit permission for anyone to use her designs to produce finished pieces for sale. This book is dedicated to the memory of Almeda Spencer Scott, born Oct. 7, 1901. Along with the patterns you get the story of a mentor and friend. You get the same base pattern for a large doily - only the increase pattern is varied to create different looks to each design. It is fascinating to study what she did. There are full color/full page photos of each variant.

I was really impressed (and nostalgic) over the Grandmother's Flower Garden. My great grandfather used to quilt using only yoyos of every color of velvet you could imagine, with green velvet yoyos bordering the hexagon blocks to form "paths" around the colorful blocks. He gave each quilt away to family in descending order of age. I was too young to have received one before he passed away, and I've always been envious of those who did get one. They are the most beautiful spreads I've ever seen. Ms. Maynard's adaptation of her rings and chains base pattern into traditional quilt blocks(and a granny square afghan!) are wonderful to behold. If you have the basics of tatting down solid, I'd happily recommend this book. The stories and 'homie' feel to her writing is warm and sincere.

There is a section near the end that imitates filet crochet employing split rings that is really cool - and she gives you to "templates" to use a magic marker on to create your own faux filet cloth.

The very last pattern is a large centerpiece oval doily down in alternating blues that is just gorgeous. Her notation is in modern symbolic and her instructions are well broken down and easy to follow. I was very happy to add this book to my library.