Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 23rd installment in this series fromWeldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are instructions for how to tat a “Scalloped Edging.” The material is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made.
THIS is a pretty narrow edging worked with Coats' No. 10 crochet cotton. Two threads are employed—wind the first thread on the shuttle, and use the second thread direct from the reel. Make a loop with the shuttle thread, work 6 double, 1 picot, 12 double, 1 picot, 6 double, draw up; * reverse the work, take the second thread, make a loop, and do 6 double, 1 picot 6 double; reverse, make a loop with the shuttle thread, work 6 double, join to the thread at the bottom of the large oval, where the second thread is begun, 5 double, and draw up; make another loop with the shuttle thread, work 6 double, join to the last picot in the last large oval, 12 double, 1 picot, 6 double, draw up; repeat from * for the length required. Crochet along the top for a heading, 1 double crochet in a picot, 4 chain, and repeat.
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