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  • Preface
  • I A Royal Art Revisited
  • II How to Tat
  • III Traditional Designs
  • IV New Things to Do - Quick & Easy
  • V New Fashions
  • VI Hang It!
  • VII Blocking and Care of Tatting
  • Appendixes
  • Abbreviations Used
  • Glossary of Embroidery Stitches
  • Sources of Supply and Knowledge

Title: Tatting: A New Look at the Old Art of Making Lace
Author/Designer: Lael Morgan
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1977
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY
Page Count: 152
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 7 3/4"
ISBN: 0-385-07707-6

SUMMARY- This book has a great tutorial with step by step photos, and quite a few basic patterns. The thing I loved most about it was the New Fashions section - a tatted halter top looks straight from the '70's.

NOTE FROM LEIGH: I wrote this initial brief review in 2012 - early on for the tatting book entries as it was part of my original collection of tatting books. It turns out there is a whole lot more to Professor Morgan's story. I've been curious for a while about her connection to Lois L. Moyer and LoLo Bags - and why her copyrighted shuttle ended up(as well as what in the world it was made of and how many were manufactured) in Lois Moyer's interesting kits...

Lael Morgan turns out to be a fascinating woman with an amazing life full of adventure! She has a website:

And she has a bibliography of a lot of different books that she has written. I think a quote from her home page sums up nicely:
"In the 1970s Doubleday published three of my books: And the Land Provides, a non-fiction account of a year spent with Alaska's Aleuts, Indians and Eskimos after they won a billion dollar land claims settlement; Tatting, A New Look at the Old Art of Lace Making; and Women's Guide to Boating and Cooking, a pre-women's lib classic written after I sailed half way round the world in a 36-foot schooner.

"We're reluctant to put them all in the catalogue under your name," my editor joked. "Who would believe they were written by the same person?"

Lael Warren Morgan's Book Bibliography:
(I will fill in the bib details of this fascinating list as I dig them up - I think I'm going to have to buy them all...)

And the Land Provides: Alaska Natives in a Year of Transition, (HC:197?) Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY; ??pp; ISBN:

Tatting: A New Look at the Old Art of Making Lace, (HC:1977) Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY; 152pp; ISBN: 0385077076

Women's Guide to Boating and Cooking, (HC:197?) Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY; ??pp; ISBN:

Alaska's Native People, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

The Aleutians, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

Art and Eskimo Power: The Life and Times of Alaskan Howard Rock, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

Earthquake Survival Manual, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

Eskimo Star: From Tundra to Tinseltown: The Ray Mala Story, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN:

Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier, (HC:19??) Publisher; ??pp; ISBN: