Friday, July 15, 2011

Edging No. 3

"EDGING, No. 3.

This is a strong and useful trimming, and is also extremely pretty, in coloured purse silk, or black as an edging, or to lay on the material intended to be trimmed as a gimp.

In cotton for a coarse and strong trimming, use Messrs. Walter Evans & Co.’s 000 Boar’s Head Cotton. For fine edgings, use 8, 10, or 16. Work from the reel, and fill the shuttle with the same cotton.

Work a straight length the quality you require in double loop, and cut off the threads.

2nd row.—Pass the cotton on the shuttle through the 1st loop * work 1 single, 5 pearl, work 9 double loop, 1 double, insert the crochet needle between the foundation thread, and 1st of double loop, draw the cotton on the shuttle through, drawing the 9 double loops, and 1 double firmly into an oval, pass the shuttle through, work 1 single, 5 pearl, pass the thread on the shuttle through the 6th loop, from 1st, and the shuttle firmly through it. Repeat. Now work on the other side of 1st row, unite the threads at the 1st loop, work 4 double, 1 loop, 4 double, draw the cotton on the shuttle through the foundation thread of the 6th double loop in 1st row, repeat from the beginning. Next row, draw the thread on shuttle through the loop in centre of 4 double on each side in row before, work 5 double loop, repeat. "

From Tatting or Frivolite; 1862, by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin, page 18.


  1. Very pretty! Turned upside down, it reminds me of the silk trim on a lamp shade that my mother used to have. Ooh... that gives me an idea! Thanks!

  2. Oh my! That's a lot of picots!

    Love it in the red...

  3. Thank God for modern notation!

    Reading through it, I think it sounded like they were telling to to make the rings as mock rings-- or did I misunderstand?

  4. Right, Miranda, this is a chain-only design.

  5. very pretty, looks a heavy trim for a lampshade or curtains.

  6. Thanks for posting patterns from this book. I hadn't heard of it before. I've become sort of obsessed with the Priscilla books from the early 1900's but I can easily see myself getting sucked into the really early stuff. Just fascinating to see where tatting has come from.

  7. I'm getting interested in the very earliest tatting, expect to see more here in future :)