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  • Tatting Needs
  • Instructions
  • Terms
  • Abbreviations
  • Learning to Tat
  • Special Care
    • Gold and Cream Doily
    • Lovely Oblong Doily
    • Oblong Doily
    • Round Doily
    • Attractive Round Doily
    • Tatted Centerpiece
    • Lacy Square Doily
    • Square Centerpiec with Rickrack
    • Daisy Triangle Doily
    • Lacy Round Doily
    • Snowflake Motif
    • Roses & Daisies
    • Tatted Table Mat
    • Table Runner
    • Two Tone Coaster
    • Daisy Heart
    • Appliqued Guest Towel
    • Versatile Wreath
    • Cactus Notepaper
    • Floral Notepaper
    • Flower Bouquet
    • Tatted Snowflake
    • Handkerchief Edge
    • Cloverleaf Lace
    • Tatted Corner and Edging
    • Colorful Lace
    • Tatted Edge
    • Tatted Lace
    • Keyhole Scallop
    • Bunnies and Flowers
    • Two Color Edge
    • Pearl Bead Collar
    • Delicate Pearl Bead Necklace
    • Tatted Cross Bookmark
    • Tatting Bag
    • Tatted Bridal Bag
    • Infant's Bonnet
    • Baby Booties

Title: Aunt Ellen's Treasury: Tatting Patterns
Author/Designer: The Staff of the WORKBASKET Magazine
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1990
Publisher: Modern Handcraft, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Page Count: 96
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 0866753044

SUMMARY- Instructions are in the written notation WORKBASKET always used. Photos are all black-and-white and for the most part without the close-in detail you'd need to use the sample photo as a diagram. It's a nice mixed collection of patterns, but not one I'd go to first for any particular thing. None of the patterns are attributed to their designer - a problem WORKBASKET had for most of its life. We know that this magazine published a great many patterns designed by Myrtle Hamilton - but we'll never know for sure which ones because she was seldom given credit in WORKBASKET's pages. The instructions for how to tat in the first chapter are well laid out and have terrific illustrations for the "slip and slide" method of tatting. They stood out to me especially because you get illustrations for left-handed as well as right-handed. You also get a good tutorial for cluny leaves. I know from experience how difficult it is to teach yourself tatting from a book - I still recommend looking up youtube videos and decide what method you'd like to try from there. It is so helpful to be able to watch someone demonstrating it before trying it - and of course with a video, you can rewind and rewatch as much as you need to get comfortable with the stitch