Title: Tatting Innovations Author/Designer: Helma Siepmann
Format/Publication Date: TPB:2002
Publisher: Lacis Publications, Berkeley, CA
Page Count: 80
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 8 1/4"
SUMMARY- This is a translation(by Etha Schuette) of the original German language work titled Kreatives Occhi first published by Rosenheimer Verlagshaus(publisher) in 1989. The Kliots(Lacis Publications) have brought quite a few books to the notice of English speaking crafters that might otherwise have been missed. Kudos to the Kliots!
This book is definitely a forerunner of Ms. Siepmann's more impressive Tatting: Artistry in Thread. This book is set up as an instruction manual teaching the basics and using those to make simple colorful floral edgings and motifs. Crochet is incorporated into several of her designs(see the green flowers at the base of the motif on the cover?). While simple, the designs are certainly attractive once bedded down on runners and tablecloths. Her instructions are written and nonstandard. There are no diagrams.
One of the things I like about lace is its mathematical precision - almost like a fractal. Snowflakes are a very common motif in tatting for good reason. You can forget all that with Ms. Siepmann's work. She's all about the messy imprecision of organic life. She doesn't make fabric with her tatting, but explosions of flowers and trees to applique to fabric. She loves color and doesn't worry about her picots being uniform. It's not my bag, but it's instructive to see the envelope of design pushed in that direction. There is certainly room for it in the scope of use for tatting elements.