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Title: Tatting Knots & Notes Revisited, Book 1
Author/Designer: Doretha Albee
Format/Publication Date: Sprlbnd:1995,1999revised
Publisher: Self, Santee, CA
Page Count: 82
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Ms. Albee didn't provide a Table of Contents, or number the pages, so I don't know if the copy I was able to borrow from IOLI's lending library is complete. That's the bad news. The good news - this book is AWESOME. It is for the most part reprints of vintage patterns republished in her newsletter "Tatting Knots and Notes". She does a great job of citing her sources and giving credit to the original designers, and chose patterns that are genuine eye candy. But the best pattern was a design of her own - a pineapple doily she calls "Pineapple Heaven" that is nothing short of amazing. Georgia Seitz published a smaller version of this doily in her book "Tatting With Friends". Ms. Albee gives a bunch of original designs for Christmas decorations and edgings as well, then gives patterns she gleaned from such magazines as "Country Gentleman", "The Modern Priscilla", "Star Needlework Journal" and "Needlecraft". She also published patterns from Tina Frauberger's "Schiffchenspitze", and from Marie Antoinette Hees' fifth book. She often updated the pattern notation and did fresh samples to include, rather than rely on the samples given in the magazines - something few other professionals who recycled vintage patterns made the effort to do(I'm talking about you, Tower Press...).

Georgia Seitz gives a lovely memorial on BellaOnline

ADDENDUM: In 2018 I came across a small handful of her newsletters, so I've started a review page and catalog for the issues. TATTING KNOTS & NOTES

MORE ADDENDUM: In September of 2020, Deana Volker, Doretha's daughter, got in touch with me. She had run across my stub of a page cataloging the small handful of newsletters I'd acquired. She liked my enthusiasm and care for her mother's work, and asked if I'd like to become the caretaker for the newsletter originals and book manuscript that she'd saved along with the samples her mother had tatted for the newsletter. Of course I said "Yes!" I am so deeply honored. Further, Deana has given permission for me to digitize her mother's work to share it with everyone who missed it the first time around. So I'll be recruiting a couple of my guild to help me scan all the issues of "Tatting Knots and Notes", beginning with Vol. 5, Issue 4, where Doretha Albee and Pat Perry took over publication of Kathryn Johns' newsletter. My guild will also be putting together a cased cloth sample book of her samples, to preserve her work for posterity. When that is done, I'll scan the pages and make a slideshow, so everyone can see her genius for themselves. Thank you, Deana, for sharing your mother with us. We were truly blessed to have had her among us. The link for the "Tatting Knots and Notes" review and catalog page: TATTING KNOTS & NOTES

...and the PDFs of the original manuscript!: