Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Handbook of Needlework (5th edition) by Miss Lambert

Several weeks ago I listed the netting patterns that were in The Handbook of Needlework by Miss Lambert.  This week I decided to list the netting information found in The Handbook of Needlework (5th edition).  The digitized copy of the 5th edition of Miss Lambert's book was published in 1846.

Many of the patterns listed in the two editions appear to be the same, since the name is the same, but that is not necessarily true.  In looking closer at such patterns, I noticed a difference in the number of starting loops between the patterns in the two editions, the mesh stick size, or the number of rows.  These small changes are easy to miss and may make a difference in the way the final product looks.

There is one new pattern - #21 - Chain Pattern Netting for a Purse.
  1. Netting (page 431)
  2. Plain Netted Gentleman's Purse (page 435)
  3. A Lady's Purse (page 436)
  4. Gentleman's Purse with Ends of Different Colours (page 436)
  5. A Lady's Purse with Points (page 436)
  6. A Pretty Purse with Chine Silk (page 437)
  7. Netting with Beads (page 437)
  8. A Plain Netted Purse with a Bead Mouth (page 437)
  9. A Seme purse with steel or gold beads (page 438)
  10. An Elegant Netted Purse with Steel Beads (page 438)
  11. Plain Netted Mittens (page 439)
  12. A Knitter's Bag with Ring (page 440)
  13. Grecian Netting (page 440)
  14. A Checked or Dice Pattern Purse (page 441)
  15. A Purse in Grecian Netting (page 442)
  16. Mittens in Grecian Netting (page 442)
  17. A Fringe (page 443)
  18. Single Diamond Netting (page 443)
  19. Treble Diamond Netting (page 443)
  20. Diamond Netting, with Five Stitches (page 444)
  21. Chain Pattern Netting for a Purse (page 446)
  22. Seme Purse, Diamond Pattern (page 447)
  23. Open Plain Netting, or Filet a Bagaette (page 448)
  24. Fond de Berlin (page 448)
  25. Filet Rose (page 449)
  26. Filet a Baton rompu (page 450)
  27. Netted Mittens with Silk and Wool (page 450)
  28. Netted Cuff with Silk and Wool (page 451)
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I am gradually going back through my net doily patterns and remaking the ones that have only a partial picture - such as this one.

Here is how it looked when I finished it this week.  

I designed the pattern back in the 1980's and named it Friendship in honor of the wonderful friend to whom I gave it.  When I made it, I knew how to make only spiral netting.  In looking at the directions I discovered I needed to either increase or decrease the number of loops in the center by 16 to make the pattern work.  Since I no longer have the doily, I have no idea how I got the numbers to work the first time.  I chose to decrease the number of loops, since in my opinion it was already too full and did not show the stitches to their best advantage.


Tony said...

That is a beautiful doily. I agree that with fewer stitches the pattern stands out better. I recently posted a picture of my only doily at the Netting Nook. When I compare it to yours I am happy that I decided yaears ago to keep my small mesh netmaking to nets like this minnow trap funnel that I make to fit over the mouths of plastic jars. They make great gifts to any child with access to a river or stream.
Thanks for all the links you have provided. I love to explore them to get ideas for my larger scale netmakiing. Tony

Rita said...

Thank you for the compliment. It's nice to know others agree with my choice of decrease over increase.

I think I've made about as many nets as you have doilies. We need to get together and trade techniques.

You're certainly welcome to all the links. I'm just glad that now we have access to all this information.