I recently completed a project from one of Ruth Scharf's two books. I have had the Ruth Scharf's books for a while now but have not attempted anything from it. I guess I was slightly intimidated by the look of the leaves pattern. As it turned out, it was quite easy after all. I just need to refer to the stitch count frequently though, to make sure I did not miss anything. It did not help that the book was written in German.
The pattern above is from the book on the left in the photo below.
I had not anticipated the flurry of interests it caused when I posted about this in my Facebook page, Tat-a-Renda, because it was not a newly-released book. In fact, there was a tat-along of one of the patterns from the book organised by blogger Umi & Tsuru way back in 2012, the Tischband Tat-along. A number of tatters participated in that Tat-along but I didn't.
As far as I know the books are out of print but one of my Facebook page readers contacted Ruth Scharf's family and received the good news that they are still available upon request. This is the reply that Harriet Pollak received from Volker Scharf on her enquiry about the book.
"There are two different of my mother’s tatting books for sale.
1) Occhi - Blätter, Streifen, Pfeile, Bänder, Zacken (german)
2) Occhi - Neue Blätter (german, translation in english as inlay)
Each 20 € plus 8 € shipping cost. Payment via paypal.
If you like to order please please let me know which one and how many you like and send me your paypal email address and your postal address"
If anyone reading this is also interested in the book, please contact Volker Scharf for more information at this e-mail address, Volker.email@example.com
A little more about the book that I have:
The two books are written in German but an English translation was provided as insets for the 2nd book, Neue Blatter. There are only minimal diagrams/charts in the book. The charts are for the construction of the leaves and similar panels. The instructions for the actual pattern (doilies) are not charted.