"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Needlecraft Magazine 1916-1921, Part V

Today's issue is the last one I have, January 1921.

A variety of yokes, including one tatted one.

A whole page of tatting patterns. I really like the doily at the top right. Too bad the fabric is an unusual shape that you have to cut and hem yourself; that involves sewing.

A close-up of the border at the bottom of the page. Sorry I couldn't get a clearer picture, but it's a bit smeary in the magazine. This is a very intricate border made of three types of motif, a large one, a small one, and half of the small one. If you can see where the different motifs are, try to imagine how stunning it could look if you did the large and small motifs in different colors. Of course, it's pretty in plain white, too.

Well, this tatting book must be better than the one in yesterday's post because it cost a whole 50 cents. It's always the prices in old magazines that amaze me the most.

Finally, a nice collar.

That's it for items of tatting interest. Tomorrow I'm going to do one more post about non-tatting ads that caught my eye.


  1. I thought this looked familiar & then found it accidently in my photo files today. Here's the slide show of everyone's motifs:

    And here's the original post with the instructions:

    It was just for the motif, not the entire collar.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Gina. It's interesting to see how it looks in so many different colors, and I'm impressed that everyone could tat it just from the written directions. That's one thing about these "old-style" patterns; they may be tedious to read, but they are written so that you don't need to refer to the picture. That was essential back then, since, without computers, it would have been harder to include an accurate diagram.

    Regarding your comment on how much better we tat now, I've noticed the same thing. I often see older patterns where a beautiful design is marred by sloppy tatting-- gapsosis, rings not fully closed, ends sticking out, etc. Yet when I see actual vintage tatting, it is always neatly done. Maybe you're right that they were working to deadline and didn't have time to do it right. I can't imagine a modern editor allowing such photos.