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Friday, 10 May 2013

NB Edging from 8 April 1937

This edging is from Norma Benporath was published on 8th April 1937 in The Queenslander.  It is another square edging, made up of three rows.

The first two rows worked out nicely, but the third row did not turn out as I would have liked, even though I had followed the pattern without making any changes to the stitch count.

The chains in Row 3 are overlapping each other, as you can see in this close-up photo.    I am not sure if blocking will straighten the chains out, but again, the overlaps could be what was intended with this design.

It is a beautiful design, but I prefer my tatting to lay as flat as possible.  If I were to tat this again, I may remove one of the chains and replace one of the rings with a split ring.

8 comments:

  1. I have this problem too. Sometimes I can get it to lay flat after I've ironed and steamed it. And sometimes this just makes it look bunched up.
    Do you have a picture of the original design, or did I just miss it?

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    1. Melanie, the original design is shown in the link that I gave at the beginning of the post. Here it is again, The Queenslander, 8 April 1937.

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  2. I enjoy seeing the progress made with older patterns. I sometimes find them difficult to follow, and I can't help but wonder if the threads we use today are really much different than the ones used for the original patterns. Could that account for the difference in the final product? I think it would.

    Beautiful work!

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    1. Diane, I don't think the extra overlap is the result of using a different kind of thread. There is too much of the overlapping in the chains.
      Further, I don't think using different thread will change the final shape much when tatting from antique patterns. The thickness of a thread is consistent throughout, and this flow through the design. It is like tatting the same pattern using different size thread. The end result should keep to the design but of a different size.

      I hope you understand what I am trying to say. A best example would be the Lace Mats shown in the Lace Mat Gallery in my blog. Different kinds of thread were used by the different tatters but we can see the same beautiful design in each of them.

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  3. You have tatted it beautifully!! :)

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  4. The first two rows are lovely but I don't know about this third row, it does not look right overlapping
    Margaret

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    1. Margaret, if click on the link I gave above, you can see in the original design, as published in the newspaper, that the chains there are overlapping as well. So, it may be the design after all.

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  5. just curious, and looking at old pattern pictures is sometimes difficult, but I don't think that one set of rings in the picture are tre-foils.
    On left side just above the corner is the clearest, and to me it looks like ring~ring~chain~Ring joined to prev row~ch~ring joined to previous row~ring~ch joined to prev ch and to previous ring~ch~ring~ring (which is back to the beginning of the repeat.)

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