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

A Comparison of Basic Directions Over a Span of 109 Years

Here are the basic steps. I regret I lack some notations regarding from which instruction manual some of these diagrams are excerpted. If you recognize them, please let me know. This first one appears to be a very standard representation of the beginning steps. Note the first loop on the loom is a slip knot. And further observe that the ends of the hairpin loom itself point down.

This diagram appears to be by the same company as above only published earlier. Note here the ends of the loom point up.

Here a diagram from a 1906 pattern shows an actual hairpin in use as a loom and with the open end pointing down

Here are diagrams from a manual on Maltese Lace (Hairpin Lace) from 1891 showing the hands on the loom (note the open end is pointing up here :) and holding a crochet hook.

Now examine the beginning knot, the initial loop and the manipulation of the crochet hook in this 1970's diagram. Note the differences in the movements.

Please also examine the method of joining strips in the above diagram. Now compare that diagram to this one from 1891(left) and one from a more recent but undated magazine showing joining also (right.)

Note the following diagrams show multiple loops being joined. And the right hand scan shows a header or a footer being placed on the loops. If you replace the crocheted chain with tatted chain which also gathers in several loops to make the join you begin to see more possibilities for combining tatting with hairpin crochet lace.

Here is an example by Etta Liberi of a hairpin lace strip being joined to a tatted edging. Note that several hairpin loops are gathered into the join with a tatted ring. By twisting or straightening the loops additional texture can be added.

And finally, examine this diagram from the 1906 pattern which combines a hairpin lace strip with crocheted header/footer and with decorative needleweaving!

Recently the class studied patterns from the 1896 Butterick's "Tatting and Netting" book which included a ten page section on guipure with both simple and intricate designs for darned netting and needleweaving. This section of the book is available separately.

Butterick's 1896 Tatting and Netting Book Excerpted Patterns

Info on ordering book or guipure section

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