Imported Designs of Tatting
Book No. 77
The Spool Cotton Company
Original Copyright 1936
The more experienced worker for whom this book is designed can tell at a glance how to work out the designs from the illustrations included here. However, for her guidance, we show in figures 1 to 10 the various steps in tatting and give a description of the different steps to follow. We highly recommend that the beginner should become familiar with the designs in Book 39, The Book of Tatting, where detailed instructions are given for each design, before attempting these more complicated patterns.
When learning to tat, you will find it easier to use a coarse thread so that all of the stitches can be readily seen. Size 20 or 30 Mercerized Crochet is excellent for this purpose. A tatting shuttle 2½ to 3 inches long is used for fine or medium work. For coarser work a longer shuttle is used.
Tatting In The Modern Mode
The art of tatting, centuries old, is assuming a role of major importance in modern handicrafts. The desire for dainty lacelike designs and the return of fashion to decorative finishes for apparel and for the home is leading many women to take up this fascinating art.
A tatting shuttle filled with thread can conveniently be carried about so that as one sits and chats or spends a quiet evening at home, one can create lovely designs.
Choosing Your Thread For Tatting
Choose the type and size of thread and the color, according to the article you wish to make.
J. & P. Coats Tatting Cotton is particularly designed for the daintier type of tatting. It is available in white and a full range of lovely colors—solid, self-shading, and variegated. Interesting effects, similar to tatting done with two colors, are obtained with the self-shading and variegated threads.
Clark's O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet—a firmly twisted, highly mercerized thread—is adaptable in sizes 20, 30 and 40, for tatted pillow case edgings, towel ends, medallions for table runners, and other decorative articles for the home. Sizes 50, 60 and 70 make attractive lingerie finishes, doilies and handkerchief edgings. The sizes 80 and 100 are used for very delicate work—particularly for infants' garments.
Clark's O.N.T. Pearl Cotton—a high lustre thread, softer and looser than Mercerized Crochet—makes colorful trimmings for towel ends and for a variety of articles for which heavier edgings are appropriate.
Clark's O.N.T. "Brilliant" is a lustrous, soft, fine-sized thread for dainty-tatted edgings for baby garments.
A wealth of beautiful designs are offered here, suitable for many varied uses. When you have tatted, and completed those of your first choice you undoubtedly will be lured on to create many more ideas. Gifts of tatted articles always bring delight to the recipients.
The simplest of motifs may be joined together to form exquisite doilies, centerpieces, luncheon cloths, chair sets, etc. By a little ingenuity the design can be worked into your own creation.
Remember always that beautiful handwork is entitled to the finest quality threads such as J. & P. Coats and Clark's O.N.T.
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