Thursday, 26 February 2009


Yes, that's right. Some treasures have come to me and I am so excited about it.
You want to see them? Really? In a while .....

First, how did I come across these treasures?

A few weeks back Karen Patten from Bartlett, Tennessee wrote in HBT about her mother's tatting stuff that she plans to offer at special prices. You see, her mother hasn't been well and is no longer able to do any tatting no matter how hard she tries. There are a number of tatting stuff that Karen is tidying away and made a list of things that she is putting up for sale. The first person to respond will get the first choice pickings.

I think I may have been the first one to e-mail her about it. There are a number of books in the list and I made a pick of these three.

A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior

I have read so many people mentioned Mary Konior and the books that she has written. I am so excited to be able to own one of her books. The simplicity of the designs in this book make me realise that simple patterns make the prettiest of designs.

The Complete Book of Tatting by Rebecca Jones

This book by Rebecca Jones contains a comprehensive description of the various ways of tatting, or rather how to make the double stitch. There are six ways to be exact, the sixth being needle tatting. It certainly opened my eyes - there are so many things that I still don't know about tatting. Another chapter that I find interesting is on Tatted Notepaper, where Rebecca Jones explained how to use tiny pieces of tatting to decorate greeting cards and notes. There is even a page of suggested sketches that can be used on the cards.

Tatting Techniques and History by Elgiva Nicholls.

There are no patterns in this book by Ms Nicholls but I already knew that before I picked this book from the list. And I did not regret getting this. This book is all about techniques, and history as well. And, I am a technical person to some point. I always want to know the how of doing things because it make me understand better why certain things are done the way they are done. And this book explains them in detail.

Besides the books I also got myself ten pieces of Susan Bates post shuttles. I don't know when I'll be using them but any tatter will tell you that one will never have enough of shuttles ... he he he.

Pardon me while I brag ... aren't I lucky or what!


  1. I am so glad you have received your treasures! You are fortunate indeed. I know you will enjoy the books and the shuttles.

  2. I love Mary Konior's books and yes, the patterns are simple, but elegant. I'm so glad you got these! The SB shuttles are very similar to the Clovers but different. I'm not sure what it is - a bit smaller maybe? And I don't use Elgiva's book nearly as much as I should. All three are great reference books. Not only do you learn something from them but there are so many "starter" patterns - patterns you can take off from to create something new. Happy Tatting!

  3. It's wonderful that another tatter's treasures have come to you! I think all of us would identify with that.
    Enjoy your new books and shuttles.

  4. I am still not over the excitement of getting the books, **grin**.

    The first two books are hard-bound copies from 1985 (as shown on the inside page). Add to that, there is a handwritten note in the book showing that it was originally a gift to Phyllis from Kathleen (I think). Now THAT is special. Whatever it was, I know that it was given with much love and the books were treasured and well-kept because they are still in very good condition. I hope to continue that.

  5. You are lucky!!! Good for you for treating yourself to some fabulous tatting finds! :)

  6. Ahh, that is indeed a trasure trove. I often think about what to do with my collection; you know...when I leave? My daughter Kristen lays claim to them, but there are certain books that always bring to mind tatters who are special in my life...I'm thinking that if I have a forewarning of a health challenge I might not be able to overcome ~ I should just pack them up and send them while I can...and that is pretty much what I've decided to do with some of my 'special' books. I like to collect all of an author's books and I have four of Mary's ~ I'd like to see them kept together...
    I don't think it's morbid to think about placing my beloved books in good homes...Books have always been very important in my life, and each one is in some way a piece of my persona.
    I'm so glad these books found a loving home with you, Jon...
    XX Bev

  7. Yes, you are definitely lucky and I am sure you will enjoy those books a lot. It is so nice to know those books are getting a good home with you when the previous owner unfortunately can not use them anymore.

  8. WOW! Lucky you! Enjoy your books. :)

    I tried commentig in the previous posts but somehow i am unable too. I pray your mum is better now and that your are coping well.My Duas are with you.


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