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Tatting with Visual Patterns
Tatting with Visual Patterns
by Mary Konior
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tatting book, 30 July 2005
This lovely book by Mary Konior is her last and possibly her best book of tatting patterns. It contains a large selection of patterns ranging from motifs which can be built into large cloths, to doilies, bookmarks, and a collection of fragment designs intended for use as small decorations. There is also a superb collection of edgings and insertions. Some of the patterns use very unusual techniques such as freehand tatting and filet tatting. There is some tatting with beads but for the most part Mary Konior concentrated on a range of techniques which included pearl tatting and traditional ring, chain and mignonette work. The designs are crisp and clean and work up well.
At the time the book was written diagrammatical pattern writing was coming into its own, but many people still did not have computers so the patterns are hand drawn. That said they are amazingly clear and well laid out so that text is not really required at all.
The book is not aimed at the beginner but at the lacemaker who has learned to tat and wants an interesting selection of patterns to make. This will be a real treasure on your bookshelf.


Learn Needle Tatting Step by Step
Learn Needle Tatting Step by Step
by Barbara Foster
Edition: Staple Bound

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needle Tatting for the Complete Beginner, 29 July 2005
This book is aimed at the needle tatter who is picking up the tatting needle for the first time. It does not teach the 19th century method of tatting with needles which basically uses the needle as if it is a shuttle, but the method of forming double stitches on the tatting needle and pulling the needle through the stitches. Special needles are required for this lace which can be obtained from the author's online tatting lace shop, which is heavily promoted in the book.
The instructions provided are very clear and profusely illustrated with many photographs of the lace being worked. There are few patterns and those which are included have been carefully chosen to teach the beginner essential techniques which are covered in the book. These include how to make the double stitch, form a true ring, how to form what is now called the self closing mock ring, how to make joins using the tatting needle (the methods taught are different from those used in shuttle tatting), how to make chains, how to finish ends, how to join in new threads and how to do two colour work. I am a little concerned at the introduction of new, trademarked terminology to describe some of these techniques as this confuses many beginners who join the online tatting mailing lists and groups.
The book could have included more patterns and most people will master the techniques covered very quickly. This book therefore may not prove to be a lasting reference work but it's a good introduction to the art of tatting lace using a tatting needle and can be recommended for this purpose.


Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
by Julia E. Sanders
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reprint of an early tatting book, 29 July 2005
This lovely book is a reprint of the Priscilla Tatting Book 2 published in 1915. There are dozens of patterns all photographed in black and white. Most of the photographs are clear and it will be possible to reproduce the illustrated items quite easily provided you make a careful study of the instructions. The pictures are not always well arranged in relation to the text so you might want to photocopy the picture and text and paste them together if you are working a pattern in the book where the illustration and text have been separated.
Dover have not made any attempt to edit or correct the patterns which are reproduced in their original longhand format with no diagrams whatsoever. The usual basic instructions on how to tat are included but if you're a beginner wanting to learn how you would do better to buy this book for a good selection of patterns, and add a good techniques book such as The Complete Book of Tatting by Rebecca Jones.
The designs are pretty and some are very imaginative including some wonderful bags, elaborate beaded necklaces and flowers and large centrepieces and cloths. Most tatters will enjoy this book and it will remain an important part of any library of tatting books.
I cannot recommend this too highly as a reprint of one of the most important volumes of tatting patterns produced during the 20th century.


Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs Bead Loom Weaving and Bead Embroidery - An Illustrated "How-To" Guide
Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs Bead Loom Weaving and Bead Embroidery - An Illustrated "How-To" Guide
by Horace R. Goodhue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beadwork book, 29 July 2005
This book was the first book on beadwork that I purchased and I still come back to it. It has an amazing collection of different techniques many of which have been further developed in other books. There are some superb black and white photographs illustrating the patterns but it can be difficult to work out which illustration in the photographs is referring to which pattern. However the black and white typed illustrations (remember this book was written in the days before most people had computers) work well and the accompanying text gives clear instructions for each pattern in the book.
This is one that will remain a treasure on my beadwork bookshelf for many years to come.


Heirloom Miniatures
Heirloom Miniatures
by Tina M. Gravatt
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite little quilts, 28 July 2005
This review is from: Heirloom Miniatures (Paperback)
I am fortunate to have seen the quilts in this book in real life when Ms Gravatt visited the London Quilters in the mid 1990s to exhibit her work. The workmanship is quite exquisite and these little quilts really are miniature replicas of full sized quilts.
The book contains patterns for 17 miniature quilts. The techniques used range from Hawaiian applique and traditional applique methods to Grandmother's Flower Garden using the English paper piecing method and even a delightful little Yo-yo quilt.
This book is not aimed at the beginner but at the quilter who understands how patchwork and applique quilts are made and planned and how to choose fabrics. Some suggestions are made at the beginning for finishing techniques and there are some general basic instructions but most of the quilts are complex enough that you will need to know what you are doing before you start.
That said it's a delightful book, beautifully photographed, which will grace any patchworker's shelves even if used purely as eye candy. And you never know when you will need to make that special quilt for a special doll!


Amazon Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Amazon Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
by Paul Bausch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to Amazon, 26 July 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book covers a wide range of tips and tricks for using Amazon. These include at the beginning a range of advice for people who want to know more about shopping on Amazon and using the Friends and Family area and Wish Lists, but you will get a lot more out of it if you have an Amazon Associate account and Developer token with web hosting which supports the use of PHP, as many of the scripts provided only work if you're able to upload them and use them online.
I am a little puzzled that nowhere in the book is it stated that you should not direct link to Amazon's images - all the hacks around the use of images involve direct links even though it states clearly in the Associate terms of service that you should upload images to your own server rather than linking directly to images on Amazon.
Many of the tips are also aimed at amazon.com rather than amazon.co.uk but most will work on all the Amazon sites.
It's a great book and well worth keeping to hand even if you're just browsing around adding to your shopping cart and/or Wish List!


Christmas Angels and other Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Christmas Angels and other Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
by Monica Hahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tatting patterns!, 1 July 2005
This book is an absolute delight containing a huge selection of patterns by Monica Hahn. There are angels, bells, Christmas trees, snowflakes, doilies, bookmarks, collars, all sorts of things. Most are worked and shown in white, probably to facilitate the black and white photography used in the book, and the patterns are imaginative and interesting to work.
The patterns are written in longhand with no diagrams but the pattern writing language is clear and consistent. This is a book which will suit someone who has learnt the basics (although as usual with the Dover Publications books basic instructions are provided) and who wants a good range of patterns to work with. It represents good value for money and will provide many hours of tatting pleasure.


Tatting Hearts (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Tatting Hearts (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
by Teri Dusenbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some lovely heart patterns, 1 July 2005
This book contains some very pretty heart designs. Many of the patterns are advanced and are considered difficult by any standards. Ms Dusenbury's pattern writing style is also not always clear, consisting of a combination of diagrams and text. However the photographs are very clear and if you are used to working with diagrammatical patterns it should not be too difficult to work out which part of the pattern refers to what.
It is also important to know that the patterns are written so that the pieces can be worked in front side/back side tatting so you may need to adjust to that terminology if you are working one of the hearts.
Other than that it is a beautiful book and contains some lovely patterns.


Elegant Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
Elegant Tatting Patterns (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace)
by Janet Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tatting patterns galore!, 1 July 2005
This is a lovely collection of original designs by Janet Carroll. The book contains several very large doilies, a selection of edgings and other smaller items and a large collection of patterns for Christmas ball ornaments covered with lace.
The instructions are written in longhand as are most of the Dover Publications books, and there are no diagrams so some people may find them difficult to follow especially for the larger doilies, which are quite complex.
Although there are patterns here which will suit the near beginner it is really a book written for someone who knows how to tat and has learned the basics. That said, it represents good value for money and will keep you happy for quite some time once it arrives.


Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting
Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting
by Marianne Kinzel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.49

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite knitted lace!, 1 July 2005
This book is a continuation of "First Book of Modern Lace Knitting" and if anything the designs are even more exquisite than they were in the first book. Neither is for the beginner but any lace knitter will enjoy the book which has the most wonderful all lace tablecloths and household linen.
The book is a joy to look at and read and the instructions are clear and well presented.


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