Armenian Edging Stitch Instructions from a 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine

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The article on the Armenian Edging Stitch in the 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine is titled One Makes This Lace With a Sewing Needle. There are instructions for three different designs. All of them start with a loop stitch across the material. Then by adding additional stitches you can build a pretty lace edge.

 

Armenian Edging Stitch Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle - Vintage Crafts and More

The instructions use a very fine crochet cotton to sew the edgings. A size 50 or 60 in white. Crochet cotton thread is sized by weight with each weight identified by a number. The lower the size number the thicker it is. The higher the crochet cotton’s weight number the finer the thread. So a Size 3 is heavier than a Size 10.

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Let’s Learn the Armenian Edging Stitch

Now you could try your hand at making an Armenian Edge Stitch following the directions above or I’ve found several blog tutorials and a YouTube video series that will help you master this stitch.

First of all, on the Artyfibres blog Sarah Whittle demonstrates stitches with step-by-step pictured tutorials. In her Stitch A-Z group she has a tutorial on the Armenian Edging Stitch. It’s very easy to follow as each pictured step has a number for your needle to follow.

Another well done tutorial is on the embroidery blog Kimberly Ouimet. She calls the Armenian Edge Stitch a Knot Stitch Edging and states that it is also known as Antwerp Stitch Edging.

Either way, it’s a good tutorial on this edging stitch. Her stitch looks very similar to a Blanket Stitch since she goes a little higher on the edge of the material. But again a very good tutorial with many pictures to break down each step in the stitch.

Last but not least is The Henry Art Gallery Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide.  There’s a diagram of the Armenian Edge Stitch as-well-as an Antwerp Edge. If you need to find a stitch this is a great site because all you have to do is click on the alphabetical Index of stitches.

The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work

This YouTube series has 8 parts on How to do Needle Lace, The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work. It’s really beautiful and it helps to see someone actually doing it.

In the comments the instructor, Ashley says there are very few if any books or patterns for this type of lace. She hopes that by doing these videos she encourages people to learn so there will be a renewed interest in this craft. If the comments on the videos are any indication, I’d say she is succeeding.

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Armenian Edging Stitch – Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle

The pattern is 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.

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Tatted Medallion Pattern Snowflake Ornament and 1920’s Dress Design

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

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This tatting pattern is from an article in The American Needlewoman magazine dated April 1924.

The medallion has four rings in the center and eight all around with picots on the outside edge. To me this could easily be a snowflake ornament once stiffened.

 

 

 

Here’s the scanned page of instructions:

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To Download the Pattern Page: Right-Click the image 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.

If you do decide to use this tatting pattern as a snowflake ornament, be sure to read this post on how to stiffen crocheted items, Decorate for Thanksgiving with a Horn of Plenty Crochet Pattern.

On the other side of the page of tatting instructions was an advertisement for mail order sewing patterns. These illustrations give you a glimpse into dress designs in 1924. The descriptions of the dresses are just as interesting and the patterns were only 12¢ each!

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How To Shuttle Tat and 8 Tatted Edging Patterns

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie includes instructions on shuttle tatting and eight pretty tatted edging patterns. Here’s a sample of one of them.

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They come from a 1944 American Thread Company booklet entitled Tatted & Crocheted Designs, Star Book 30. I enjoy reading the introductions to these vintage booklets. The one for this booklet is no exception:

Ageless beauty of lace for your home — a touch of frosted white, crisp as the first snow flake, can be yours for so little effort, so little time. A romantic luncheon set to show off your treasured china — like a lace ruff around an old-fashioned nose-gay. Fragile and feminine doilies. A baby cap that will make a cherub look like a Gainsborough miniature. [Gainsborough was a painter of miniatures in the 1700’s.]

 

Tatting is a lovely art. The many exquisite designs in this book can be easily made.

Here’s the pretty set of 8 tatted edgings you’ll find pattern instructions for:

 

Set of 8 Tatted Edging Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More

 

Tatting has it’s very own category on the right side of this blog where you’ll find more instructions and patterns in earlier posts.

This booklet offers a set of instructions for Shuttle Tatting:

 

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The instructions and all 8 tatted edging patterns are in the 4 page PDF below:

Tatted Instructions and Edging Patterns PDF

The patterns are 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.

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