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  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Few Moments of Grandma
  • Symbols
  • Abbreviations and Terms
  • Tricks, Tips and Tools
  • Directional and Direct-Method Tatting
  • Joining Ends
  • Joining Picots
  • Let's Split!(split rings, chains)
  • Hiding Ends
  • Blocking
    • Thumb Chatelaine
    • Split-Ring "Mock-Motif" Needle Book
    • Scissors Fob
    • Split-Ring "Mock-Motif" Amulet Bag
    • Split-Ring "Mock-Motif" Business Card Case
  • Buttons and Beads
  • Button Join
    • 3-5-7-9 Button Motif
    • Heart-Button Bracelet
    • Christmas Lights Necklace
    • Button Cross
  • Beads on Picots or Core threads
  • Beaded Picot Join
  • Pattern: Christmas Tree Motif
  • Beaded Center of a Split Ring
    • Beaded Split-Ring Children's Bracelet
    • Split-Ring Thumb Rosary
    • Turquoise Split-Ring Amulet Bag
    • Jessica Rose-ary
    • Hearts and Flowers Watch Pendant
  • Self-Closing Mock Ring
  • PATTERN: JoDee's Star(Star of David)
  • What To Do with All This Extra Thread Left On My Shuttle?
    • Seven-Picot Flower Doodle
    • The 12-6-6-12 Butterfly Doodle
    • Greeting Card with rubber stamp "basket", tatted flowers and tatted butterfly
    • Cardstock Bookmark
  • Make 3-5-7-9 Button Motif(or any small motif)into a bookmark to give away
    • 3-5-7-9 Button Motif into Jewelry
    • "A Labor of Love" Doily
  • Appendix A: Shuttle-Thread Capacity Chart
  • Appendix B: Recommended Further Reading
  • "Just Let Me Close This One Last Ring"
  • About the Author
  • Photo Index of Patterns

Title: A Labor of Love: Tatting Beyond the Basics
Author/Designer: Lily Qualls Morales
Format/Publication Date: TPB:2002
Publisher: Fontyn's Commercial Printing, Yucaipa, CA
Page Count: 47
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- This book goes around the whole learning the double stitch and starts with all the secondary skills you'll need to know, like using the Weaver's Knot to add a new thread to the work. She gives a great illustration for a Lark's Head Picot Join, and lots of great advice. Black-and-white photography is used throughout, and photos are often a little fuzzy - still a useful book to supplement your basics. I consider myself a very well practiced journeyman tatter, and I learned some interesting tidbits from this book I hadn't run across before. I am happy to have added it to my shelves.