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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Rug Making – Hook a Rug Instructions and Pattern

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Rug making has long been one of the most popular crafts. It is just as fascinating now as it was in the olden times. Well constructed rugs last a long time and add beauty to the interior of any home.

Handmade rugs may be hooked, braided, knitted, crocheted and various other ways. They may be made small, large, round, oval, square and oblong. Whatever fits the needs of your home.

Today I’m taking a couple pages from a 1950’s Needlework How To booklet about Rug Making, specifically, Hooking a Rug.

Rug Making - Hook a Rug Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More
The article goes into detail about patterns,

Rug Making - Hook a Rug Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More
foundation material, materials to use, rug frames, rug hooks

Rug Making - Hook a Rug Hooks - Vintage Crafts and More
and finishing the rug.

This post, Vintage Hooked Rug Pattern has more information on rug hooking, a pattern from Minerva called Martha Washington and links to a couple good instructional YouTube videos to get you started.

The PDF file is 5 pages long so you may want to download and save it to take a look at later.

Rug Making – Hook a Rug

The article is in PDF format so to download 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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Please share your favorite needlework hints, tips and projects in the comments below or with us on Facebook.

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How to do Smocking by Hand – Techniques, Stitches and Patterns

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I’ve always admired those pretty smocked heirloom baby dresses and bonnets, but didn’t realize until researching this post that smocking was developed as a way to stretch fabric before elastic was invented.

It was used very commonly on every day, ordinary garments rather than an embellishment for children’s items as we use it today.  This needle art in the middle ages, was used for cuffs, bodices and necklines.

Smocking How to Guide - Vintage Crafts and MoreSmocking is a decorative method of gathering fabric and was developed in England. It was commonly found on the clothing of laborers and farmers because of it’s practicality in making garments fitting and flexible.

For a library of images of 18th and 19th century smocked clothing visit The Museum of English Rural Life.

Nowadays, it’s a wonderful decorative hand or machine embroidery for children’s clothing and the yokes of women’s dresses. Embroidery floss is often used and the width of the fabric required is 3 times the width of the finished piece.

Soft materials, such as voile, chambray, gingham and fine linen are the best fabrics to use for smocking, however, dotted swiss and light weight wools and rayons can also be used.

Using an embroidery thread in a contrasting color gives the prettiest effect, though white on white smocking can give a very rich appearance.

There are an endless variety of designs. Most combine several smocking stitches to carry out the pattern and add complimentary embroidery stitches such as Bullion Rose or Lazy Daisy flowers to enhance the design. The smocking designs are usually worked before the garment is sewn together.

Here’s a link to The Art of Smocking: How To Guide that lists the most frequent stitches used with illustrations and instructions from Tipnut.

Foundation Steps:

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Smocking How to Foundation Steps - Vintage Crafts and More

Basically, all smocking designs are worked on a foundation of dots. They can be transferred or drawn onto the fabric by hand. Dark materials require use of a light colored tailor’s chalk. In the 1950’s, pleating machines where available for smockers at home.

The most recognized form of smocking is the honeycomb effect. To practice this form of smocking, mark about six rows of dots on a small piece of material. Make the dots a quarter inch apart, and the rows the same distance from one another, placing dot under dot, so the lines run square and true in both directions. The work progresses from the upper left dot across two rows to the right.

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Bring the needle up through the upper left dot, keeping knot on wrong side of the fabric. Pick up a few threads under next dot to right, cross needle back to first dot and pick up a few threads under it. Draw together quite tight, and insert needle at second dot again, pointing to corresponding dot in row immediately below.

Sew from this dot to the one to right of it, as before. Insert needle once more in the last dot and bring it up in next dot of first row, directly above. Repeat for length desired. Continue making this pair of rows until the smocking is as wide as desired. You will note that the first dot in the even rows in not used.

Honeycomb Pattern:

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I found two YouTube videos that demonstrate visiually a simple smocking stitch to get you started.

How To Do Smocking on Fabric by Rose and Honeycomb Smocking Tutorial

There’s a Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA) that offers classes, retreats, newsletters and much more. They have a large online and social media presence.

Christmas Ornament Pattern:

Maggiebsmocks shares a pretty Cable one, Trellis two, a free Christmas Ornament Design pattern here.

2 page PDF file you can download for later.

Smocking How to Guide

The guide 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.

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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