Tatting Designers have spent the months working, reworking; and, having 'test tatters' tat their newly created designs.
First to land on my desk was Holidays on the Block by Martha Ess. This was especially welcomed addition to my tatting library because I am learning block tatting this year; and also, Martha's patterns are always clearly written and easy for a beginning or intermediate tatter; yet, are challenging and fun for an advanced tatter. There are 24 Holiday and seasonal Block Tatting designs by Martha; it was a must in my tatting budget.
The Introduction includes Abbreviations used in the patterns. In addition a schematic that illustrates four different Methods of block tatting; columns, labeled Method, an Illustration, How-To, # of shuttles, Advantages and Disadvantages, and Notations for End of Row (EOE). There are also tips on very small picots, joins, and a section on Pattern Notes that pertain to block tatting as well as other useful techniques such as folded rings, long-Beaded picot (LBP), down Picot with bead (DPB) and so forth. As I was inhaling each fresh page, I came to page 16 - which is SPRING, and a lovely little umbrella. I took a second look and saw a yellow sticky note with a smile drawn upon it - and it was holding in place a wonderfully tatted umbrella from Martha! What a clever way to surprise an old lady. Thank you, Martha. Both for the lovely book and the surprise. Now I am watching the mail box for the next three books that I have ordered that are newly printed plus three others that I had been meaning to buy for some time. I am a firm believer in supporting our talented tatting designers as my tatting budget allows. So many choices!