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1227 CR 1760 E
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Found Out West, an Ecru rectangular doily with a puzzling joining.

rectangular doily in ecru origin unknown

I always watch for tatting and tatting shuttles when traveling. On a recent trip out west a random stop at a roadside antique store proved fruitful.

A sack full of edged hankies lay next to an old doily. As an inducement for me to purchase the sack, the seller offered to throw in this doily free. How could I resist? I was not impressed with the tatting on it. Until I got home and studied it. Then I remembered Jean's shawl.

The story of Jean Younkin's shawl is sweet to read.

'cry for happy' Jean with shawl

"Cry for happy."
Jean wearing her wedding shawl.


Basic pattern may be changed easily.
After realizing it was an old friend I almost put it aside. But something was nagging at me to look again. And I was so surprised when I did. Just look.

Looking closely, the next photo showed this construction at the center.

rectangular doily in ecru origin unknown center

A joining thread sewn in and not tatted.
Another enlargement made the hand sewn joining thread visible.

rectangular doily in ecru origin unknown detail of joining thread

Direction of the sewn joining thread.

rectangular doily in ecru origin unknown joined 4 pieces

OK, show me looking surprised.

The method is simple. Following the below diagram, using shuttle and ball, 2 shuttles, or needle and ball, begin the first quarter of the square with the inner ring of 6 - 6. Three more repeats will complete a square where all the "6" rings are joined. But this ring is also the spot where you can move forward in another direction. This is shown in another photo.

photo matching diagram and showing direction change

I have been asked when this type of joining by sewing was used. It was been seen very early. It was a case of the modern join not yet being known or popular. Mlle. Riego did take credit for the development of the modern join but others believe it is more like Mrs. Mee."