Monday, January 20, 2014

Three from Priscilla No. 2 -- A New Challenge

I'm starting my new Challenge with 3 motifs from the Priscilla Tatting Book, No. 2 of 1915.  These pieces are actually part of a very ornate collar, but I am using just parts of it to make flowers.

These are all chain-only designs, which meant I could use one shuttle and the ball thread and not have to reload, even with all those picots.

The pattern said to join the chains only on the side that would curve inward, but that led to an unruly mess with this purple motif.

With the dark pink motif, I joined the chains on both sides and was still able to block it to curve gently.

I'll show you what I'm doing with these later.

You can easily get your own copy of this vintage book.  It is available as a reprint from Dover Books as this book:

Even better, you can download it for free from the Antique Pattern Library. Click HERE for a list of their recent additions to their collection, including this one.  You can also get it from Georgia's Archive of Tatting Books in the Public Domain, but note that she has a later edition that has fewer pages (and horrors, cost 10 cents more).

Thanks for the advice on the free patterns last time.  I'll quit worrying about standardizing the notation and put the abbreviations back in.  Whenever I find time to work on it again....


  1. Ah, I've made that collar, twice. The ferns make good bookmarks too. I like seeing them in colour.

  2. Lovely patterns, I like the pink leaf and flower. Thank you fir the information on the antique patterns online. I have looked at some before but your leaves look interesting.

  3. These are beautiful and makes me want to tat them, especially when you have taken the time to isolate them like this we can appreciate there beauty! Great post love this :)

  4. Hmmm.... Interesting you posted this today, as I was up late pondering that collar pattern very late last evening.... Hmmm....
    Fox : )

  5. Those motifs look really great!!! :)

  6. Beautiful! I always liked chain-only patterns when I was needle tatting, but I find the tip of my little finger falls asleep if I chain too long with the shuttle. I love my copy of this book--someday I want to find some coronation cord and make the doily on the front!

  7. The motifs are beautiful! I have that book, but I've never taken time to decipher the patterns. Maybe I'll take time this summer.