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  • Introduction
  • Fashions for April
    The Alexandra Collar in Tatting and Point Lace
    Vandyke Edging in Tatting
  • Lessons in Wax Modelling - the Snowdrop
    Star D'oyley in Crochet
  • Receipt for Cleaning Plate
    Maltese Insertion in Tatting
    Escalop Edging in Crochet
  • On Etiquette
  • STORY:
    The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl(1st(?) installment)
  • Our Conversations
  • Glass Painting

Title: The Ladies' Book of the Month
Author/Designer: Madame (F.) Elise
Format/Publication Date: TPB:April 1867
Publisher: C. Stevens & Co., London, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 4 3/4" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- I ran across this little book on ebay, and decided to buy it despite the missing back cover and partially destroyed front cover. I was able to restore most of the front cover since the left and right sides mirrored each other. The back side of the front cover is a full-page ad for "Singer's new noiseless Lock-stitch Family Sewing Machines". The chunk missing from the bottom left corner are some of the addresses where a model might be purchased. I have no idea what was on either side of the back cover, so I'll have to keep my eyes open for a more complete copy.

I found the tatting patterns in this book really interesting(from a historical perspective) because all three employed a different method of joining the elements of the design. The Alexandra Collar is a pretty mix of tatting and point lace, with the tatting joined only by the point lace. The Vandyke edging is old school, with the "pearls" sewn together, and the Maltese Insertion uses the early Riego method of employing a fine netting needle to pass through the picot and so join the rings together. Mrs. Cornelia Mee's join is nowhere in sight despite also originating from London nearly two decades before this publication.

If you're just looking for traditional modern patterns, this book won't have much interest to you despite having been published after the evolution in tatting and crochet that Mlle. Riego began, but to someone interested in its historical value, I think it would be fascinating to see for yourself. I'm going to make it available by PDF or by hardcopy(laminated covers with a comb binding) for $7. Just use my contact page or e-mail me at akamoraih[at] (and you know to replace the [at] with the appropriate symbol, right?)