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  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Plates
  • PART ONE: Basic Principles:
    • Definition
    • The Tatting Knot
    • Materials
    • The Shuttle
    • A Practice Chain
    • To Make a Ring
    • Tension of Both Threads
    • The Picot
    • The Join to a Picot
    • The Pattern
    • A Collection of Edgings
    • Straight Lines into Circles
    • The Medallion
    • Describing a Medallion
    • Thread Ends, Finishing Off
    • Undoing the Work
    • Finishing
    • What to Do With Tatting
    • Conclusion
  • PART TWO: Enlarging the Scope
    • Foreword
    • The Thread
    • The Shuttle
    • The Stitch
    • Tension
    • The Ring
    • The Chain
    • The Reversing Chain
    • Crossing One Line With Another
    • Some Further Arrangements
    • The Picot
    • The Join
    • Lettering
    • Additional Ornament; Jewels and Beads
    • Some Completed Work
    • Conclusion
  • PART THREE: Node Stitch
    • Definition
    • General Properties of Node Stitch
    • Preliminary Practice
    • Recording the Pattern
    • Choice of Count
    • The Formula
    • The Diagram
    • Picot and the Join
    • The Chain Start (ChSt)
    • Setting the Count
    • Additional Symbols
    • Details fo the Four Starts
    • The Demonstration Chain
    • Ring in NOde Stitch
    • A Practice Piece
    • Stylised Flower Spray
    • The Sequence, VAriations and Adjustment of Nodes
    • Some Further Attributes of Node Stitch
    • Conclusion

Title: Tatting Techniques: Old Revivals and New Experiments
Author/Designer: Elgiva Nicholls
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1976
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, NY
Page Count: 119
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: 068414591X

SUMMARY- The Table of Contents are not complete- I left out the breakdowns of the main categories of each chapter. There is a whole lot of detail in this book on both basic and more advanced techniques, with black-and-white photography of the samples(except for a couple of color plates). You don't get the pattern for the beautiful heart shown on the cover, though you get another black-and-white photo of it and another equally complex heart much later in the book as examples of what can be done with tatting techniques. This is a book primarily about learning various techniques, with the only patterns being those to practice the techniques learned. I found it a fascinating book to read and go through(I got very little else done the evening I decided to read and review it). I would recommend it highly to any serious student of tatting. I think there is justice in the publisher's claim that Ms. Nicholls was a leading expert on Tatting.