Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
Georgia Seitz
11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA

Barbara Bruyer Antique Handkerchief

Many thanks to Barbara Bruyer for donating this antique hanky to the class. This has been one of the most intriguing hankies to examine. As you recall we study these antique patterns with an eye toward tatting them using modern tatting techniques. Above all things we try to avoid unnecessary cutting and tying. Well... this one has me stumped! To tat this in one pass and maintain the two color thread scheme proved beyond my detective abilities.

Anyway I examined it there proved to be a dead end which forced me to cut and tie. Each scallop can be tatted in one color as a single piece, using the initial ring's long tail to tat the split ring needed to climb into the row of one shuttle work. The outer ring and chain work is all one pass, tatted and joined to the scallops which have already been attached to the hanky. The outer rings do not attach to the first and second nor the penultimate and last rings of each scallop except at the corner where the two rings of the outer edge are made back to back to make the turn.

Here is a diagram of the corner. The proportions are a bit off but you can see the picot placements and the joins fairly well.

And here are the original stitch counts from the hanky but don't be afraid to improvise. Just maintain any picots used for joins and have fun with the rest. Think about bugle beads covering those bare shuttle threads. Think color, too! If you are going to have to hide ends anyway, why not liven it up a bit?!

Any questions? You are welcome to email me.