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  • Drawing with the Shuttle
  • Standard of Work
  • Rules for Attainment
  • Terms of Reference and Working Notes
  • Construction of Motifs
  • General Remarks on Working in Colour
  • Instructions for Making Motifs-
    Flowers and Seeds
    Stalks and Stems
  • Materials Used in Tatting
  • Notes On Assembly of Motifs and Mounting
  • the Dyeing of Cotton Thread
  • Bibliography

Title: A New Look in Tatting: Flowers, Leaves and Picture Composition
Author/Designer: Elgiva Nicholls
Format/Publication Date: HC:1959
Publisher: Charles T. Branford, Company, Newton, MA
Page Count: 48
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9 3/4" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- There are really good reasons why Elgiva Nicholls commands so much respect in the field. This book is great proof of that. I was thrilled to have finally located a copy, and not disappointed when it arrived. It uses the old written notation for the patterns, and tipped in plates for illustration. She uses tatting as the medium to make very organic-looking collages - a large step away from the traditional use of tatting. This is the earliest example of this type of tatting that I've personally run across, and it inspires. I'm very happy to have added this one to my collection.