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  • About the Author
    • How to make the first ring
    • How to form picots
    • How to add another thread - forming a chain
    • How to make another ring and join it to the first one
    • "Reversed shuttle method"
    • Tatting with beads:
      Beads on a chain
      Beads on a ring
      Joining elements with one bead
    • Examples of two-shuttle patterns
    • How to read the schemas
    • "Jan's method"
    • Doily I
    • Flower Basket
    • Doily II
    • Necklace I
    • Doily III(square)
    • Collar I
    • Doily IV
    • Christmas Decoration I(tree)
    • The Green Set(blouse, cap, necklace)
    • Christmas Decoration II(star)
    • Table Runner I
    • Christmas Decoration III(star)
    • Doily V
    • Hat
    • Window Decoration I(suncatcher)
    • Necklace II
    • Doily Set I
    • Christmas Decoration IV(star)
    • Doily VI
    • Necklace III
    • Collar II
    • Doily VII
    • Cap
    • Table Runner II
    • Window Decoration II
    • Doily VIII
    • Necklace IV
    • Doily Set II

Title: Tatting Theory and Patterns(Frywolitka szkofa i wzory)
Author/Designer: Jan Stawasz
Format/Publication Date: HC:2013(2nd edition, revised)
Publisher: Gecom, Warsaw, Poland
Page Count: 104
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9 1/4" x 6 1/2"
ISBN: 9788392441229

SUMMARY- I may have gotten the Polish title wrong - the "f" in szkofa may not be an "f" but a letter from the Polish alphabet I don't have the symbol for. My apologies to Mr. Stawasz. His "How To" section is relatively brief and while he gives picture tutorials, the thread is fine and the photography not close enough to really see the action of the thread. That's my only criticism. I am uncertain why it is so difficult to do a really clear visual tutorial of how to make a ring, but I have yet to find the perfect book for that. Never mind, it's not important. What is important about this book is the stunning patterns that make up more than 3/4 of the book. There are excellent reasons why museums seek out his work. He doesn't provide written instructions, just diagrams and stunning photographs. It's not close-up enough to count stitches, but I believe his diagrams are clear enough for an experienced tatter. I wouldn't recommend his work to a novice, but even a novice can be inspired. Mr. Stawasz combines traditional elements in visually stunning ways I can't even begin to describe. Find his books. You won't be disappointed.

There was an errata sheet released for this book, as well as a PDF of P88, for those who bought a 2nd printing of this book(Page 28 was reprinted in that space by accident). The problem was fixed for later printings, but if you check yours and find you have one of the misprints, here is the link:

And here is an errata sheet:

Errata Page for Jan Stawasz' "Tatted Theory and Patterns"

I was grieved to discover Mr. Stawasz passed away Nov. 21, 2013 at the age of 66. Poland considered him an artistic treasure, and he won much acclaim and well deserved awards. Along with his books, he also was prolific in publishing in various magazines:

Burda "Anna"(Polish editions): Issues 3/97, 6/97, 12/97, 5/98, 5/99
"De Frivolite(k)ring": Issue #22(Oct. 2011)
"Handarbejdsbladet": Issue #4(4/2008)
"Igla i nitka": Issues 12/97, 1-2/98, 3/98, 4/98, 5/98, 6/98, 7/98
"Moje robotki": Every Issue from 9/03 to 8/07 except for 4/07
"Poradnik domowy": Issues 2/95, 3/95, 9/95, 10/95, 11/95, 12/95, 1/96, 2/96
British "Workbox": Issue #66(Dec/Jan 2001)

I pulled this bibliography information from the designer's website, which also provides scans of the photos taken for the articles. I highly recommend going to his site to take a look. Many of the patterns shown are in the two hardcover books I've reviewed for the bibliography.

Author has a website: