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Trio of Tatted Edgings by Bessie Barker

This set of three tatted edgings by Bessie Barker appeared in a Needlecraft magazine. They are on page 10 and the third pattern was continued on page 18. There is no date on my page which has been separated from the original magazine. Also appearing on the page are a "Bird Design in Filet Crochet" by Mary Lowe, a photo of a pineapple design with a turned corner, a sample photo of a knitted "Mount Vernon Bedspread" and, also, the numbers 1-4 in crochet to be used as "Markers for the Card-Tables."

If you happen to recognize this page, please let us know the date for the record. UPDATE: Many thanks to Jan Dunmeyer for locating the origin of the Bessie Barker's article, A Trio of Edgings. It originally appeared in the October, 1928 issue of Needlecraft Magazine.

Window Edging #1 Diagrams #1 & #2

This simple edging is tatted as a chain ring chain picot chain repeat for the length desired. The rings do not join. Reverse work at the end and using reverse half stitch order to create the front/back side effect begin the return pass with chain picot chain 3 picots chain picot chain. Then do a shuttle lock join to the bare thread exposed between the legs of the picot on the chain of the first pass. Chain up and join to adjacent picot and repeat around. The tatter might consider substituting a lark's head picot join for the shuttle join mentioned.

Bunny Edging #2 Diagrams # 1, 2 and 3

This pattern begins with a ring, is partially surrounded by a chain; a ring with 2 picots is thrown off the chain using shuttle 2 and the remainder of the chain tatted and attached to the bottom of the first ring. Each "bunny" is separated by a repeat of chain, multi-picot ring, chain."

However, this edging is as "floppy" as ears on a bunny (pun intended.) I suggest using this as an opportunity to practice the "inverted tatting join" the class recently studied in a lesson by Mark Myers. And it is necessary to use the shoelace trick between the bunny tail ring and the start of the body chain.

Criss Cross Edging #3 Diagrams #1, 2 & 3

Deceptively simple, this edging creates long picots in the second pass which are crossed over each other and joined into the third pass. Be sure to measure the picots using a gauge so the the long picots are all the same size. This method of joining crossed picots was featured in a bookmark and the discussion of the basic picot last fall, also.

This edging can also be completed without cutting and tying between rounds if you climb from round 1 to round 2 through a mock picot and from round 2 to round 3 with a split chain and a mock picot. Note that a long picot must be made in the process of making the split chain. The picots on round three look better when the middle one is slighter larger than the two side picots.

Happy Tatting! Georgia Seitz

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