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  • Letter from "Aunt Ellen"
  • How to Crochet
  • How to Make Hairpin Lace
  • How to Knit
  • How to Tat
  • How to Net
  • Decorative Embroidery Stitches
  • Smocking
  • Huck Weaving
  • Needlepoint
  • Rug Making
  • Hemstitching
    • Twisted Cord
    • Trapunto Quilting
    • Pompon
    • Machine Embroidery

Title: Aunt Ellen's How-To Book on Needlework for the readers of The WORKBASKET
Author/Designer: Modern Handcraft, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1954
Publisher: Modern Handcraft, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Page Count: 63
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8" x 5 1/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- There are six pages devoted to tatting in this booklet. It just covers the basics and gives you one simple tatted edging attached to narrow rick rack. The most interesting thing about these instructions is the inclusion of petal tatting aka cluny leaves.

This was one of the three books I taught myself from when I was a young teenager. Needless to say, my tatting "style" is somewhat eccentric and slow, but works for me. I have been a big fan of "Workbasket" since that time, as it was the only magazine I knew of back then that regularly included a tatting pattern in its issues. I collected them fanatically - and still do.