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Tatting: The Contemporary Art Of Knotting With A Shuttle - Rhoda L. Auld
Tatting: The Contemporary Art Of Knotting With A Shuttle
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This basic guide to tatting brings grandmother's simple, appealing shuttle art up-to-date and shows, for the first time, how to make contemporary openwork fabric as well as the familiar lace. It explores some sensible methods for using inexpensive improvised tools to handle heavy modern craft... show more
This basic guide to tatting brings grandmother's simple, appealing shuttle art up-to-date and shows, for the first time, how to make contemporary openwork fabric as well as the familiar lace. It explores some sensible methods for using inexpensive improvised tools to handle heavy modern craft materials that do not fit in the traditional small shuttle. It also demonstrates how you can learn the rudiments of the craft most easily and without expense using only parcel-post twine and wooden toothpicks.
Clear photos and diagrams demonstrate a brand-new and non-frustrating way to learn the basic knot, and if you have had trouble learning to tat you will find your difficulty pinpointed. Inventive pattern design is emphasized, and a bonus series of "experiments" shows how to break the rules systematically to come up with your own tatted forms, and how to combine them with weaving, crocheting, and stitchery.
A lively historical introduction traces the development of tatting from knotting -- a fashionable late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century handcraft which, though ostensibly a way of preparing textured thread that could be couched down as embroidery often became an end in itself. It includes portraits of European noblewomen, knotting bag and shuttle in hand, Irish tatted cuffs, silk-covered chairs, and more, as well as the delicate and intricate tatting of American women, some of them pioneers, who carried on the traditions. As a conclusion, Mrs. Auld suggests a return to the courtly art of knotting, for she feels it is a way of introducing young craftsmen to tatting, but more particularly to embroidery, since it is simple, fun to do, and produces instant textural effects. Contemporary knotting is an interesting form of embroidery in its own right, combining couched-down knotted threads and tatted forms.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780442204167 (0442204167)
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold
Edition language: English
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