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  • Needlework
  • Kensington Needlework
  • Knitting
  • Tatting
  • Crochet
  • Lace Making-
    Point, Spanish Point, Honiton, Darned Work
  • Macramé Lace
  • Rug-Making

Title: 1883 Manual of Needle Work
Author/Designer: Mrs. J.L. Patten
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1883
Publisher: Patten Publishing Co., NY
Language: English
Page Count: 97
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 7 1/4" x 4 3/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- I had no idea what to expect when I bought this off ebay. It turned out to be a very small volume, pages dark brown but nevertheless intact. There was no Table of Contents, but there were clearly titled chapters, so I used those to provide a ToC. The tatting section is a very slim three(3) pages. I don't think anyone could learn how to tat from the brief description of how to make the stitch that the author provides(with no illustrations to back the instructions up). The primitive edging samples given do not have instructions, and two of the five woodcuts look like they were carved by someone who had no idea how tatting is made. There is a sixth woodcut of a much more complex scarf end(again, no pattern instructions) to show you what could be made if you had the skill and knowledge to figure it out. Mrs. Patten's description of the scarf end: "When this is made of fine thread it very closely imitates Honiton lace. By a little ingenuity on the part of the worker, after the stitches are once mastered, very handsome work of this kind can be accomplished in form of barbs, fichus, borders for handkerchiefs, medallions for toilet articles, infants' dress waists, etc., etc." ...and that's where the tatting chapter ended.

The author was clearly aware of the more sophisticated tatting, but was not interested in providing instruction for making it. A great pity. Tatting was clearly still of common enough interest for her to feel a need to provide some token support, but she was much more interested in providing patterns in knitting and crochet.