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Greenup IL 62428-3016 -

Tatting for Dainty Edgings Coats & Clark Leaflet 1488L

Please note that the original instructions do not always match the actual tatting displayed on the front cover.

Many thanks to Coats and Clark, Inc. for allowing the use of this vintage leaflet as an instructional tool in the online tatting class. See letter.


#8315 Please note the original instructions indicate cutting the thread and subsequently tying the ball and shuttle threads back together. If second shuttle of thread is needed, wind it first. Additional shuttle can be added on as necessary. Leave the working shuttle attached to the ball thread (continuous thread method = CTM)to eliminate one set of ends to hide.

Every other chain in this pattern has no picots. This would be an excellent opportunity to create the chain by direct method, i.e., wrapping the ds onto the ball thread( in the manner of wrapping the bottom half of a split ring) instead of tatting the ds. There are 5 picots on the alternating chains which offer a chance to learn the use of the picot gauge. (The photo shows that the number of picots on the chain sometimes varied.)

Beginners will want to watch closely the space between the two consecutive rings. There should be no bare thread showing. Holding the first ring in the pinch will help.


#8317 In this variation of the classic hen and chicks pattern, the joining picot on the tatted rings needs to be slightly larger than the decorative picots. This will prevent a "strained" look from appearing in the work.


#8318 The number and placement of some of the picots in edging #8318 varies from the original written instructions. The diagrams show a suggested regularity of placement. When making the joins of the four rings, the use of the "down" join will enhance the all front side look to the tatting.

If working in monochrome the threads need not be cut and tied together before commencing the tatting. If working in two colors, or using the double bobbin shuttle , encapsulate or hide ends by tatting over tails, inserting magic loops to be used at the end or work into the completed ring/chain.


#8321 Wind second shuttle if necessary but do not cut the thread from the working shuttle. Just pick a spot on the ball thread and begin to tat. This will eliminate one set of ends to hide.

This could be an excellent piece to practice the self-closing mock ring (scmr.) Since there is only one ring per repeat you could also add an element to the tatting by throwing off a small ring (which would attach to the hanky) at about #6 ds on the scmr.

The original pattern did not alter the tatting at the corners. The lace at the corner looks bunched up. A small adjustment might improve the look of the work. Consider using a mirror held at a 45 degree angle to tat a reverse image at the corner. (For examples on how to use a mirror please see the photos on this page. Magic Mirror .)


Edging #8323 was originally intended to be tatted in three rounds. The first round was all unjoined rings with bare shuttle thread between them. This bare thread had to be sewn down to the hanky first in order to continue the second and third round easily. It could have been done unsewn but would have been very awkward to hold and accomplish the joins.

The last diagram shows how the same finished effect can be obtained by tatting only two rounds, if the direction of the first row of rings is reversed. Instead of sewing down the bare shuttle thread between the rings, the rings are captured by the picot and sewn down.

Reference links:
Hiding Ends Lily's Way:
Hide Ends:
Magic helping loops to hide ends:
Add on shuttle thread:
Picot Gauge Exercise:
Self closing mock ring:
Jane Eborall SCMR:
Up/Down Joins:
Floating Ring:
Double Bobbin Shuttle:
Hen & Chicks:
Magic Mirror samples:

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