Monday, February 17, 2014
Mardi Gras and 1800's Tatting
On Saturday I listed Mardi Gras hand dyed thread in my Etsy shop.
This morning there were questions about 1800's tatting patterns in my Craftsy class, which required some research on my part.
A wonderfully detailed article about Mid-19th Century Tatting written by Virginia Mescher posted on the website of Georgia Seitz provided me with many of the answers that I was looking for.
Then, I challenged myself to decipher the Lily of the Valley pattern in The Royal Tatting Book by Riego, written in 1867. I think I've figured it out, as seen in the photo above - though, of course, tatters of that era would have probably used white or ecru colored thread. The longer picots at the top will be joined to a crocheted heading later. Perhaps another day I'll have time to write the pattern out in modern tatting terms; it's really a pretty design.
If you like antique tatting patterns, one of many sources is the Antique Pattern Library, run by the non-profit group New Media Arts, Inc.