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This image was courtesy of Hope Wright's personal collection


Title: Snowflakes: Complete tatting Patterns for 12 Snowflakes plue Interchangeable Patterns For 40 Rings-and-Chains To Make Over 2000 Different Snowflakes
Author/Designer: Marilyn Reibel Stephens(1932 - March, 2003)
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1977
Publisher: Self, Manchester, CT
Language: English
Page Count: 15
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- This small self-published book was brought to my attention by Hope Wright, who also supplied a huge amount of information on books and magazines from the 1800's. This was her first tatting book - and one of her most treasured. Proof, certainly, that a book doesn't have to have a glossy cover to be cherished. You get a clear black-and-white photo of each sample, as well as instructions in written notation. She did them old school, in one large block, and because Mrs Stephens was using a typewriter, there was little formatting to help break up the text and to make it easier to follow. Type is large and easy to read, so I don't think that is as big an issue if these had been larger, more complicated patterns. Many of her snowflakes use bare thread between rings, which gives them a more delicate ethereal appearance. They would work up very quickly so you could fire out a batch of them even if pressed for time - not many books have that advantage. Mrs Stephens states they will need to be starched, but if they're to be used as ornaments, I'd use diluted white glue to make them stiff enough to hold their shape. She gives you 12 snowflakes, but what really makes this book a unique gem is the chapter on how to individualize your snowflakes with variations in centers, rings, and chains - effectively giving you a beginner's lesson in design. This is a fantastic little book, and a crime that so few people know about it and can enjoy it. Hope is attempting to get in touch with Mrs Stephens' children, to get permission to share it as a PDF, so that Mrs Stephens contribution to tatting will not be lost. Please keep your fingers crossed... There's an obituary, complete with a lovely photo at:

If anyone knows of a legal copy I may purchase, please get in touch! I would love to add this one to my collection.