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

Tatting with Needle-Weaving Centers

Here is an antique hanky with a modest tatted edging and a spectacular corner piece. The six tatted blocks were joined to the hanky which had been cut to fit by a delicate row of crochet work. The cream colored tatted blocks are accented with pale green spider-like centers created by needle-weaving.

The basic tatted block. Note that not all the picots on the outer edge are shown in the diagram.Tthe original work varied the number of picots to accomodate the necessity of joining to the material and other blocks. The chains average 6 to 9 picots.

Here are the basic support lines in lace.

Threads woven across the support lines to form the arms.

An excerpt from "Needlelace & Needleweaving: A New Look at Traditional Stitches" (page 160) by Jill Nordfors, Van Nostrum Reinhold Co. 1974 shows a variety of attractive needle-weaving stitches. The hanky illustrated seems to use the woven picot shown bottom right.

Examine steps 8 - 10 which are the last line left to right in the diagram. This illustrates the steps in making the needle-woven picot. The points marked as A, B, and C would be where the thread used for the center (in this case the pale green) would attach to picots on the tatting to form the web. Around these lines of support the thread is worked in under/over fashion( much like making a cluny leaf) to create the needle-woven arms.

And here are two more variations of tatting with needle-weaving used to create edgings.

And here is a lovely collar by Anne Dent's grandmother. Anne writes: "This is a collar owned and worn by my grandmother. She did very little tatting. My grandfather tatted a lot but we do not know who made this collar. My grandfather taught my mother to tat. A book and you(AKTATTER :) taught me to tat. My mother tried a couple of times but it never took. She moved too fast for me to see what was happening and she couldn't explain in a way that I caught on."

Here are closeups of the collar's elements.