One of the most viewed vintage patterns we’ve shared for the VTNS Fan Freebie involves tatting. Today’s patterns are sure to be a favorite as well.
They are vintage tatting patterns for a Filigree Scroll Doily and Maypole Dance Coasters from a Spool Cotton Company booklet dated 1949, called Fine Crochet and Tatting.
For the Filigree Scroll Mat a Six Cord Mercerized Crochet Cotton in Size 30 is used. Six Cord is a 6-ply thread that is very hard and used mainly for tablecloths. You’ll need 1 ball in White. When finished the tatted mat measures 4 inches square.
The Maypole Coasters use Tatting Crochet Cotton in Size 70. Tatting Crochet is a firmly twisted, 3-ply thread that’s great for doilies and trims and lace as well. You’ll need 3 balls for 6 coasters.
A 3 x 18 inch piece of linen is also required for the Coasters. It’s cut into six 3 inch diameter circles, narrowly hemmed around, then the finished tatted lace is sewn to the edges.
The threads are still available today, but you may want to search ebay or other internet sites to find some vintage cotton threads you could use.
Here are some abbreviations you may need when using these patterns:
r – ring
ds – double stitch
p – picot
sep – separated
ch – chain
rw – reverse work
cl – close
rnd – round
lr – large ring
sm p – small picot
Once finished, these pretty tatted lace doilies and coasters could easily become a family heirloom.
If you’d like to see more tatting patterns or need instructions on tatting, you can find several using this link: Tatting Patterns and Instructions
Both patterns are on the same page and in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.
Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.
Please be sure to share your tatting items, old or new, on the VTNS Facebook Fan Page we would love to see them.