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Selma L.(born 1923) and Edward A. Morin(born 1924) brought needle tatting back from complete obscurity and popularized it in the late 1970's. The photo to the left was taken in 1979 by a photographer for The Oregonian. A great article on this couple ran in the Oregonian on July 5, 1979. International Old Lacers reprinted the article in their September 1979 issue of The Bulletin. Selma and Ed Morin still live in Oregon. Many people consider needle tatting easier to do than shuttle tatting, so if you are having trouble negotiating a shuttle, but love the look of tatted lace, give needle tatting a try. Mrs. Morin was born blind, and didn't get but partial vision in one eye by the time she was twenty. She developed needle tatting so that the blind and physically handicapped could more easily pick up this craft. The Morins sold their house to finance the development of the Jiffy Tatting Needle, and made a deal with Boye Needle Company of Illinois to manufacture and distribute it for them.

This husband and wife team were best known to the readers of Workbasket, though they were also regulars in Lace Crafts Quarterly and had an article on Jiffy Tatting in Stitch'n Sew. Workbasket tatting patterns before 1989 seldom gave credit to the designer, so we'll never know for sure which patterns may have been theirs. This page is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Morin, who made tatting history.

Edward A. Morin Company,
Portland, OR

The Morins started a mail order business where they sold Jiffy Tatting Needle Sets, Kits and Books. To the left is the cover of the envelope for the Small Cupid Heart kit I found.

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Bibliography Entries for all their Kits

Small Cupid Heart, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 3 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

Anna Marie Pearl Collar Kit, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

Christmas Lapel Pin Kit, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

Glimmering Shawl Kit, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

Tatted Halloween Trio Kit, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

Margaret Collar Kit, by Selma and Ed Morin (TPB:1992)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Almore International, Inc., Portland, OR; ISBN: None;

MAGAZINE ARTICLE BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • The Bulletin
    • Reprint Article from July 5, 1979, The Oregonian
      ISSUE: Sept. 1979
  • Crafts'n Things
    • "Fashionable Shimmering Wrap"(needle tatting)
      ISSUE: Aug/Sept. 1984(Vol. 10:1)
  • Lace Craft Quarterly
    • "Tatting by Needle: Quick and Easy Method"
      ISSUE: Summer 1989(Vol. 2:2)
    • "Marie Therese Collar"
      ISSUE: Fall 1989(Vol. 2:3)
    • "American Needle Tatted Lace Shawl"
      ISSUE: Winter 1989(Vol. 2:4)
    • "Unicycle Champions(Teddy Bear Ornaments"
      ISSUE: Winter 1989(Vol. 2:4)
    • "Honeymoon Shoulder Bag in Tatted Seashell Motif"
      ISSUE: Summer 1990(Vol. 3:2)
    • "Mother/Daughter Boleros with Tatted Edge"
      ISSUE: Fall 1990(Vol. 3:3)
    • "Christmas Lace Angel"
      ISSUE: Winter 1990(Vol. 3:4)
    • "Toddler Bandanna Dress"
      ISSUE: Spring 1991(Vol. 4:1)
    • "Butterfly Needle Tatted Collar"
      ISSUE: Summer 1991(Vol. 4:2)
    • "Roses Roses Roses a Potpourii Sachet Bag"
      ISSUE: Fall 1991(Vol. 4:3)
    • "Holiday Afghan: Crochet and Needle Tatting"
      ISSUE: Winter 1991-92(Vol. 4:4)
  • Stitch'n Sew
    • "Jiffy Tatting"
      ISSUE: May/June 1979(Vol. 12:3)
  • Workbasket
    • "Margaret Collar(tatting)"
      ISSUE: Aug/Sept. 1991(Vol. 56:6)
    • "Daisy Shawl(tatting)"
      ISSUE: Jun/July 1992(Vol. 57:5)
    • "Girl's Hairband(tatting)"
      ISSUE: Aug/Sept. 1992(Vol. 57:6)
    • "Little Princess Glitter Crown(tatting, chenille stems)"
      ISSUE: Oct/Nov. 1993(Vol. 59:1)