Saturday, March 28, 2015
On page 134 of the book Tatting and Netting, there are two cloth doilies with a net border. They are patterns number 31 and 32. Here is what pattern number 31 looks like without the lacis or net embroidery.
Today I met many wonderful people at the Springfield Massachusetts Library Author's Fair. Most of them had never seen netting before.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
This week I discovered that my printed copy of Tatting and Netting (reprinted by Iva Rose Vintage Reproductions) did not match the electronic reproduction of this public domain work that I had downloaded. The printed copy had additional patterns found pages 130 through 137 as well as two more pages after page 138. Since my goal was to provide links to digitized copies of netting patterns, I went online and found another copy of this wonderful book. This new copy has the missing pages, but in turn is missing 4 pages at the end of the book. Apparently one digital copy is from an 1895 edition and the other is from an 1896 reprint.
The edge I chose for this week, "Netted Border for Handkerchief", is found in both copies. It is found on page 136 of this copy and on page 146 of this copy.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The three square-mesh Netted Doileys found on page 133 of Tatting and Netting have the same border. The differences between them are in the embroidery that is applied to them after the netting is finished.
Because I was working in rows instead of rounds I had to make some changes to the instructions. I began the next to the last row with "net 1 knot in the next loop, skip 1 loop", before I began the instructions that were given. The last row had a similar situation. I began the row with "net 1 knot in the first loop, skip the next loop", before continuing to follow the printed instructions.
The instructions indicated that I should use "a No. 18 knitting needle for the mesh," which meant that I used my size 00000 knitting needle again. I also made this sample with tatting thread. This piece measures 13/8" wide by 5/8" high.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Three of the four doileys pictured on page 131 of Tatting and Netting are made of square-mesh netting. All three of those square doileys have the same edge made using the Rose stitch.
The instructions for this edge called for "a No. 18 mesh" to be used. Thanks to the Internet, I found that equals a 00000 steel knitting needle. Because the mesh stick was so fine, I used some tatting thread I had been given years ago. For the larger mesh I used a 1/8" mesh (or a #8 knitting needle).
The finished sample I made was 2 inches wide and 5/8" high.
I also learned one visual difference between the Rose stitch and my Eyelet stitch. The Rose stitch when done as described in this pattern has the large circles directly under each other. The Eyelet stitch has them diagonal from each other. As far as I could tell, the directions for the actual construction of the stitch are the same.