Tatting Butterfly Pattern Instructions 1916 Corticelli Booklet

Beautiful Tatting Butterfly Pattern

If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you’ll know I love butterflies. Put “butterfly” in the search box and more than 10 different posts will come up.

Today’s freebie is a tatting butterfly pattern from a 1916 Corticelli pattern booklet.

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Pattern

Along with the instructions for tatting the butterfly, I’ve included several snippets from the booklet. Such as Abbreviations and Actual Sizes for the Corticelli Mercerized Cordonnet thread as-well-as a description of the thread from an Ad that will help you decide on a substitute.

Instructions for Tatting the Butterfly

First, here are the original instructions:

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting ButterflyCorticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Medallion

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Instructions Re-written

I found this exact same butterfly pattern on web.archive.org with re-written instructions that may be easier to follow. From what I understand the web archive brings up web pages from years ago using the Internet Wayback Machine Archive. It’s a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.”

DAINTY TATTED BUTTERFLYSecond and equally important are the additional snippets from the booklet that will help you with the instructions and type of thread to use.

Tatting Abbreviations and Thread Sizes

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Medallion Pattern AbbreviationsFrom what I understand the web archive brings up web pages from years ago using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


And last but not least are the Thread Descriptions.

Corticelli Thread Descriptions

corticelli princess pearl crochet cotton

Corticelli Mercerized CordonnetCorticelli Mercerized Cordonnet Ad


This is just one of many beautiful tatted butterfly patterns. As you can see from the graphic below, Pinterest has more examples than ever.

Pinterest Tatting Butterfly

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