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  • Acknowledgment
  • 1. Double Stitch, Picot and Rings
  • 2. Reverse Work
  • 3. Ball and Shuttle
  • 4. Medallions
  • 5. Two Colors - Two Shuttles
  • 6. Split Rings
  • Leading Into Advanced Techniques
  • Sources
  • About the Author
  • Index

Title: Tatting 101: A Course for the Beginner
Author/Designer: Nadine A. Nunnelley
Format/Publication Date: Sprlbnd:2001,2011(3rd edition)
Publisher: Self, Prattville, Alabama
Page Count: 71
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- There are lists of specific objectives for each chapter in the Table of Contents that I did not include(to the left, under the cover scan). I'm always looking for the perfect beginner's book that can stand on its own to teach the basics to someone who's never picked up a shuttle before, and that is inexpensive enough I can afford to keep several on hand to give out when I'm called upon to teach. Oh, it also has to be close enough to the method I learned so that someone I've taught won't get confused when they take the book home and try on their own. I've been told by more experienced tatters that there are six main methods - and that if you put 12 tatter's in a room, there will be thirteen different ways demonstrated to get to the same place. I believe this is true. The method I use is old and came out of a "Workbasket" How-To book as I interpreted it at the time. Yes, I'm self taught. The way I do it is comfortable and easy to teach, but it seems to be the slowest way to tat as well...

This book uses a method I've seen but never tried. It is also one of the "fast" tatting methods, so it is a good one to learn. I've heard this method called "Slip-and-slide" or "sewing machine." If you can find a teacher who teaches this method, this book would be a great supplemental tool. In my opinion, there aren't quite enough illustrations to get the novice through that first really critical step - making their first stitch - without having a live person there to demonstrate it. I also more strongly believe that unless it's a flip book(you know, you flip through the pages like a pack of cards with your thumb and the picture becomes animated), no written tatting lesson is going to pass muster with me. Now you know where the bar is. That said, this course for the beginner would make a Great supplemental read for someone who has already mastered the first stitch, with lots of solid advice throughout. You get a nice variety of simple but visually appealing patterns((20)Edgings, Basic Medallion, Christmas Ball, Rachel's Garter, Daisy Allen's Bookmark, Baby Bonnet, Baby Jacket and Booties, Tree-top Angel) to test your skills with. The instructions are well broken down and in written notation, but there are no diagrams. Unless you're only using books from the last ten years or so, you can't expect diagrams anyway, but they have become such an important part of instructional notation that this is an important missing aspect of this teaching book. My search continues...

Both Mrs. Nunnelley's books are available by a) e-mailing at this address:, b) calling Mrs. Nunnelley and giving her an order: (334)517-4855 (Nadine), or c) calling or e-mailing her daughter, Joan N. Powell, at (334)233-4559, e-mail:, and talking with her, sending a text request, or requesting by e-mail.