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Editor(s): 1837 - 1877: Sarah Josepha Hales
Publication Frequency: Monthly
Began Publication: 1830
Ended Publication: 1898
Published by: 1837 - 1877: Louis A. Godey, Philadelphia, PA;
                 1878 - 1898: J.H. Haulenbeek & Co., Philadelphia, PA;
Average Page Count:
Magazine Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9" x 7 1/2"
ISSN: None

PUBLISHER, but are scanned from my private collection.

SUMMARY: I don't have any issues of Godey's yet - it's an expensive antique to acquire - but I've been sent a comprehensive list of all the tatting articles published in its pages by Hope Wright, Librarian Without Portfolio Extraordinaire, that she has graciously allowed me to share with you. It doesn't usually occur to people to consider how many invested hours such lists require to compile, so I'm pointing this out to everyone. If you should ever encounter this gracious lady, please take the time to thank her for her work on all our behalfs. I am always amazed and grateful when people find me and send me these things. We are all in Hope's debt. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

There is an electronic archive of the complete run of Godey's Lady's Book online(the catch is there is a $75 annual perscription fee to access their electronic archives): and Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia have brief histories:'s_Lady's_Book

Then there is a brief biography and bibliography for the editor responsible for bringing Godey's to fame:

And short biographies of Louis A. Godey:

Note: mentions of tatting as trim, books, tatting sold by mail, etc that do not include a pattern or illustration are not included in the following list.

February 1853 Ladies necktie with tatted edging of half-closed rings. Note same pattern in Petersons 1855 page 61

June 1857 How-to Instructions include picot and a join but no chains; no patterns.

September 1857 Simple edging for children’s clothes, no chains

October 1857 Plate for a sofa cushion or tidy in tatting but no written pattern. No chains.

December 1857 Description of materials used, no patterns

March 1858 Descriptions of implements, tortoise-shell or ivory shuttle or netting-needle; plus purling pin.

January 1864 Hair net trimmed with tatted stars.

August 1864 Engraving of rings edging, no join or chain.

March 1865; April 1866; January 1868 Abbreviations used. Nothing for a chain. It appears what we now call a ring was called a Loop.

June 1866 Collar uses modern join and chain but it was called a bar.

September 1867 Terms used in tatting, describes knotting and lace wheels. The chain was called “a straight thread.” 2 edging patterns.

October 1867 Simple Vandyke edging.

November 1867 Corfu Lace Antimacassar of loops (rings), no chains.

December 1867 Cravet medallions (p531-2)

March 1868 Parisian Gimp Trimming with Beads, plate and instructions

August 1868 Basket of Tatting and glace silk.

November 1868 Crocheting with tatted border for reticule muff, crossover shawl, zouave veste, “empire” petticoat, opera hood with tatted flowers. “Tricot Ecossais”

March 1869 Engraving, no written instructions, for 2 insertions in tatting. Fabric edged with buttonhole stitch on sides of edging.

March 1869 Crochet Tatting instructions, border pattern.

March 1869 Parasol needle-book with tatted cover.

October 1869 Bookmark in gold braid and tatting.

November 1869 Vandyke Lappet, plate and instructions

May 1870 Bag for fine linen in tatting and muslin

June 1870 Tatting case

November 1870 Bottle stand

April 1871 Sachet

September 1871 Sofa Tidy

March 1872 Edging

April 1872 Sachet

May 1872 Square cap or sofa tidy

June 1872 Rose edging

July 1872 Tatting case

August 1872 Collarette

August 1873 insertion

September 1873 insertion

July 1874 Edging

September 1875 Box for tatting

January 1876 Cushion

November 1876 Wall pocket

February 1878 Pocket (ie purse)

March 1888 Trim with waved braid and crochet

August 1891 Simple instructions, no patterns

Anyone with more information about this publication, or has issues to donate or sell, can contact me through My Contact Page.

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