Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our tenth installment in this series fromWeldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are instructions for how to commence a circle. The material is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made.
Fig. 17.—HOW TO COMMENCE A CIRCLE. MAKE a loop on the fingers with the shuttle thread, and work 1 double, 1 picot and 2 double alternately seven times, 1 picot, 1 double, and draw up perfectly close and round. Hold the ring downwards between the thumb and finger, and with a pin draw the cotton up in a loop through the first picot of the ring, pass the shuttle through the loop and draw up in a slip knot, like a join; now make a loop on the fingers, and beginning ⅛ of an inch away from the knot, do 4 double, l picot, 2 double, 1 picot and 2 double alternately three times, 1 picot, 4 double, and draw up; * with the pin draw the cotton up in a loop through the next picot of the ring with ⅛ of inch space of cotton from the oval, pass the shuttle through the loop and draw up in a slip knot or join; make a loop on the fingers and beginning ⅛ of an inch from the knot, do 4 double, join to the last picot of the previous oval, 2 double and l picot four times, 4 double, and draw up; repeat from * six times, and you will have 8 ovals worked round the ring; in working the last oval, when you get to the last picot, you must connect the circle by joining the cotton to the first picot of the first oval, finish with 4 double stitches, and draw up close, and tie the end of the cotton securely to the tag end left at the commencement of the circle.
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