Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Riego's Denmark Antimacassar & APL

So, how many of you have been yearning to make the Denmark Antimacassar from Riego's "The Royal Tatting Book" but were held back by the lack of an illustration?

It turns out that the 1867 edition of the book, which is the one currently available online, replaced the illustration with an advertisement. But the original 1864 version has the picture, and I have acquired a copy!  The design is rather pretty, isn't it?

When time permits, I will be scanning it to donate a copy to the Antique Pattern Library.  The APL is a true treasure trove of patterns, for tatting, for crochet, for embroidery, and many other crafts. At present, they are about $1400 short of their fund raising goal for this year.  That's not a whole lot if a lot of people chip in a little bit.  If you go to their homepage HERE, there is a Paypal donation button on the upper right corner of the page. Please consider helping, thanks.


  1. I was just thinking yesterday that I needed an antimacassar. Yes, I really was. That does look interesting, but I have something else going at the moment. Are you making this?

    1. I think I will eventually make a smaller, doily sized version, but I, too, have many other projects in progress at the moment.

  2. Beautiful! I'm so glad you were able to find a picture! Thanks for the reminder... I'm off to make my donation!

  3. Bluff City Tatter9:57 AM

    Oh, that's so beautiful. I'm glad you found the photo. I'm also glad you reminded me about the APL. I am happy to support them for all the great work they do.

  4. Lovely. I think anyone would hesitate to use a pattern that didn't have an illustration, so this really saves the pattern.

  5. That's beautiful and pretty "original", it's very kind of you to donate the scan to the APL, thank you very much.

  6. Belated Happy New Year, Martha! Well, I'm in time for Chinese new year! :-) Have you managed to post that lovely 'antimacassar' design from the Royal Tatting Book?