Monday, March 21, 2011

Introducing Mary's Traveling Book

Mary Konior was one of the greatest tatting designers of all time. Her book Tatting with Visual Patterns is available from several online tatting shops. (If you don’t own a copy, you should get one.) Her earlier books are out of print and becoming increasingly rare and expensive.

Since these books may be beyond the reach of many tatters, and inspired by Fox’s generosity in offering Angeline’s Traveling Book, I propose to launch Mary’s Traveling Book, using her Tatting in Lace. I will send this out on loan, for each person to use for up to a month and then mail to the next person. Before mailing, I ask that you contact the next person in line to confirm their mailing address. Since I am moving soon myself, I am somewhat preoccupied with the notion of changing addresses :)

If you would like to be included, please email me with your mailing address. If the link won't work, just send to essm at bellsouth dot net

By the way, I think I have remembered the origin of the little heart motif from the last post. (I have a mind like a steel seive.) Back around 2001, I participated in a tatted heart round robin, one of many organized by Maus. For each member, I designed a heart motif and a pair of coordinating earrings. These patterns eventually made their way into my book, Tat's Amoré, except for one set. The month I had surgery, I did not design a heart from scratch, but rather made one adapted from Mary Konior's Maid of Honour edging. I think this little heart was a draft for the accompanying earrings. So, mystery solved, and everyone who was reminded of Mary Konior was correct.


  1.! such sweet generosity! I sent an e-mail with my address.

    Thank You so much!

  2. the email link won't open for me but I would love to get in on the traveling book, what a wonderful thing. my email is brinabri at email dot com please get ahold of me


  3. Thanks for letting me know there was a problem. I added my address for those whose internet servers don't follow the link.

  4. You're very generous, Martha! I won't be participating in this particular sharing experience, though, as I am also the proud owner of this book. I'm sure you'll generate lots of interest in Mary's designs!

  5. I recently added this book to my tatting library (and a pretty penny I spent too!) so I do not need to be incuded in this particular book tour.

    That said, I love the traveling book idea, especially for such tatting treasures as Mary's works. Hats off to you, Martha, for generously sharing your copy!

  6. I am so excited about this! I have always wanted to see one of Mary Konior's books since I love seeing what everyone tats from her patterns. The email is on its way.