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  • Chapter I: Needlwork
  • Chapter II: Cut-work
  • Chapter III: Lace
  • Chapter IV: Italy-Venice-Milan("Milano la Grande")-Florence-The Abruzzi-Romagna-Naples-Genoa ("Genova la Superba")-Cantu-Sicily
  • Chapter IV: Greece-crete-Turkey-Malta
  • Chapter VI: Spain-Portugal
  • Chapter VII: Flanders-Brussels (Brabant)-Mechlin-Antwerp-Flanders (West)-Flanders (East)-Hainault
  • Chapter VIII: France to Louis XIV
  • Chapter IX: Louis XIV
  • Chapter X: Louis XIV continued
  • Chapter XI: Louis XV
  • Chapter XII: Louis XVI to the Empire
  • Chapter XIII: The Lace Manufacturers of France- Alencon (Dep. Oise), Normandy
  • Chapter XIV: Argentan (Dep. Orne)
  • Chapter XV: Isle de France.-Paris (Dep. Seine)- Chantilly (Dep. Oise)
  • Chapter XVI: Normandy-Seine Inferieuere-Calvados-Bretagne
  • Chapter XVII: Valenciennes (Dep. du Nord)-Lille (Dep. du Nord)-Arras (Artois) (Dep. Pas-de-Calais)- Bailleul (Dep. du Nord)
  • Chapter XVIII: Auvergne and Velay-Le Puy (Dep. Haute-Loire)-Aurillac and Murat (Dep. Cantal)
  • Chapter XIXI: Limousin-Lorraine-Champagne-Burgundy-Lyonnois-Orleanois-Berry-Poitou
  • Chapter XX: Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary- Holland-Saxony-Germany (North and South)- Switzerland
  • Chapter XXI: Denmark-Sweden-Russia
  • Chapter XXII: England to Queen Elizabeth
  • Chapter XXIII: Queen Elizabeth
  • Chapter XXIV: James I to the Restoration- James I.- Charles I.- The Commonwealth
  • Chapter XXV: Charles II. to the House of Hanover - Charles II.- James II.- William III.- Queen Anne
  • Chapter XXVI: George I.- George II.
  • Chapter XXVII: Smuggling
  • Chapter XXVIII: George III.
  • Chapter XXIX: The Lace Manufacturers of England
  • Chapter XXX: Bedfordshire- Buckinghamshire- Northamptonshire- Suffolk
  • Chapter XXXI: Wiltshire and Dorsetshire
  • Chapter XXXII: Devonshire-Honiton- Trolly Lace - Japan
  • Chapter XXXIII: Scotland
  • Chapter XXXIV: Lace Manufacturers of Scotland
  • Chapter XXXV: Ireland
  • Chapter XXXVI: Bobbin Net and Machine-Made Lace - Bobbin Net- France- Belgium- Machinery Lace

Title: History of Lace with 266 illustrations
Author/Designer: Mrs. Bury Palliser
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1984
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc. NY
Page Count: 536
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
ISBN: 0486247422;

SUMMARY- This is a revised republication of the original 1911 edition put out by Charles Scribner's Sons, NY.

I flipped through the pages to see what of the 266 illustrations showed tatting. Answer- zero. I went to the Index to see what chapters might cover tatting. Answer - zero. There is one reference to tatting - in a footnote on page 89 ("in the Philippine Islands the natives work Manilla grass into a sort of drawn thread-work or tatting"). That's it. Nothing else. I was appalled and then furious. How can you have a 536 page book on the history of lace and not cover tatting?!!!

I've noticed a tendency to sneer at tatting by other lace disciplines and am at a loss as to why. Is it because it's so cheap to do, requiring only an inexpensive shuttle or needle and a ball of thread? Because it has been popular with royalty as well as the common person? Because of its seeming delicacy but actual strength in everyday use? Really, I'm confused. I love bobbin lace and cutwork, maltese and Irish crochet - but I hold tatting in equal esteem. Tatting is what I chose to learn to make and have enjoyed the look and usefulness of it for most of my life. I consider it a treasure hunt to look for old patterns in antique and vintage magazines. They show up nesting like colorful Easter eggs in a wide field of many needlework disciplines. There are lovely books on the subject dating back to the 1850s, when Mdlle. Riego made her innovations and popularized it in her series of 11 books. There are giants like Anne Orr and Anna Valeire, who produced so MANY useful and beautiful patterns for us. The origins of tatting are obscure, and maybe that's why historians choose to ignore it - not enough evidence? Well, present what evidence there is, please. Some say this discipline started with the needlework called Knotting, others insist it began with sailors needing busywork. I would love to see the evidence and moth-eaten examples of either conjecture.

Needleless to say, if you're rooting around for background material on tatting, you can give this book a pass. It has nothing to say on what I consider to be one of the more interestingly evolving lace arts.