Georgia Seitz Ribbonwinners
Tatting Patterns & Shuttles
1227 CR 1760 E
Greenup Illinois USA

Vintage Edging from Neue Schiffchenspitzen
modernized by Stephanie Wilson

NOTES/COMMENTS: In the original pattern, some of the directions could be “modernized” in at least 2 ways. I have altered the DS counts (by 1 DS) in some spots. Since this edging will eventually trim the curtains in our home office area (4 big windows), I chose the “modernization” and stitch count I liked best.

SCMRs can be avoided: use the Shoelace Trick before and after the SCMR, that will put the threads in the proper position for you to use a regular ring instead.

I wasn’t too consistent using “RW” as in the instructions, but I DID work out which side was front and which was back. If you’re doing frontside/backside tatting and/or if the ball thread needs to swap places for the next chain, use whatever method you prefer to make the swap. Be aware, though, that different methods MAY produce results that differ slightly from the example, so whatever method you decide to use, be consistent.

I didn’t usually specify whether a join was a conventional join or a lock join. Use whichever join makes the most sense in that spot. Generally the chain-to-chain joins are done with the shuttle thread, but use your judgement in each spot.

Picot size isn’t always specified. Most picots are VSP but check the photo and decide what you want in sections that are NOT block-tatted. Since this edging “wants” to curve (to fit a round center), for a straighter edge (for my curtains) I would add a DS or two to each chain on the “straight” portion of the motif to “encourage” it to lie straighter. Please be on the lookout for errors in typing or otherwise.

Round doily with notched points from "Neue Schiffchenspitzen", p. 8 of online pdf file (long download)

SIDE 1: Row 1: The edging begins with a stater picot. Use your favorite method of doing this. I used a spaceholder (large paper clip) at the beginning of the chain.

[F] (= front of work) CH: vsp 9 — 9

Change directions using your favorite way. I did SLT, 2HS (second half stitch) then started the next row. This method was used in the basketweave heart pattern by Martha Ess and I found it very easy to do, plus it allows me to work off the ball thread for all the chains.

[B] (= back of work) CH: vsp 5 — 5 + (join to p between DS #8 and #9 in the first chain)

[F] CH: vsp 8 RW

[B] R: 6 — 6 — 12 RW

[F] CH: vsp 8 RW

[B] R: 5 + (to 2nd p of prev ring) 7 — 12 RW

[F] CH: vsp 8 RW

[B] R: 5 + (to p of prev ring) 9 — 8 - 6 RW

Row 2:

[B] CH: vsp 8 + (to next p), repeat 3 more times, then RW

Row 3:

[F] Repeat Row 2, then RW

Row 4:

[B] CH: vsp 8 + (to next p)

[B] SCMR: 9 — 5 — 5 (close SCMR), then + (lock join to same p as previous join)

NOTE: The SCMR is easy to handle if you use Anitra Stone’s method of closing a SCMR (see Jane Eborall’s “techniques” section of her pattern list online.)

[B] CH: 8 +(join to next p) - 8 +(join to next p) - 8 +( join to next p)


[B] CH Picot 7 [change direction]

[F] CH: Picot (in repeats of the motif, this p becomes a join to the top of theprevious motif) 8 + ( join to last* p) - 9 RW

*Not counting the picot that is or will be a join after the first motif is completed.

[B] R: 8 + (join to 1st free p on side) 8 + (to next vsp on ch)8 — 8 RW

[F] CH Picot 9 RW

[B] R: 8 + (to last p prev ring) 10 + (to last p on SCMR) 10 — 8 RW

[F] CH: Picot 9 RW

[B] R: 8 + (to last p prev ring) 8 - 8 - 8

[F] CH: Picot 9 — 1 — 8 + ( join to last p on prev ring)

(NOTE: 2nd side was begun with the “1 — 8” portion of this last chain)

SIDE 2: Row 1:

[F] CH: Picot 8 + (join to next free p of last ring)

[F} CH: Picot 8 + (join to lst p of SCMR)

[F] CH: Picot 8 + (join to bottom p of Side 1)

Rows 2 and 3:

[B, F] Repeat Row 2 of Side 1 (twice, once for Row 2, once for Row 3)

Row 4:

[B] R: 6 + (join to corresponding p of adjacent ring) 8 — 9 — 5

[B] CH: 8 + (join to next picot)

[B] SCMR: 12 + (join to last p prev, ring)7 — 5, close SCMR, + (join to same p as previous join)

[B] CH: 8 + (join to next p)

[B] SCMR:12 + (join to free p on last SCMR)6 — 6, close SCMR, + (join to same p as previous join)

[B] CH: 8 + (join to next p) p 8 ± (to next p)

The next (and subsequent) repeat(s) of the motif begin with:

[F] CH: Picot 9 — 9 + (join to nearest p of last “Side 2”), change direction

[B] CH: 5 — 5 + (join to p between DS #8 and #9 DS in the last chain)
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