I recently bought a tatting book in Russian called ‘Encyclopedia of Tatting”, on advice from some peers on ‘intatters’. Here is a link to the ebay listing for the book. I haven’t tatted anything from it yet, but am loving pouring over the pictures and planning what I will make. I have also enjoyed ‘figuring’ out the written patterns, which is pretty straight forward once I am in the right head space. This book (as with a few other tatting books) a great inspiration to me, with ideas of different uses for tatting and new shapes and ideas. There is one question I have though, if you have the book, as there seems to be one doily pattern missing: it is pictured at the beginning of section 3, but I can find no written pattern for this flower motif doily. Perhaps it will be a challenge piece for me to figure out after I have completed my show entry?
Another such book for me is A Tatters Workbook, it is a wonderful study of history and ideas for tatting. In the design class we have many discussions about shape and colour, and these books are both a great source of ideas for how to plan and design different sorts of tatted objects.
I wonder what your ‘inspiration’ book or blog may be?
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