CAN YOU FIND THIS BOOK?
At this moment a few Tatters are looking for different tatting books. If you know where the following can be found, please e-mail me and I will contact the tatters. Or you can contact TattingChic at her blog.
She is looking for the first book of E. A. Nicholls, "Tatting" a New Look in Tatting; First Published by Portland Press in 1959, London. TattingChic would like to buy this book for her collection as she has the 3 other books of Ms. Nicholls. The cover of the book is shown above.I'd like to be of help to other tatters and so I'm adding this to my blog today. This is a rare tatting book with color plates and a lot of technical information. I especially like the first Chapter's title: "Drawing with the Shuttle." At the end there is a section on dying one's own threads. Ms Nicholls was, indeed, a woman ahead of her times.
ALSO a tatting friend in IN TATTERS wants to buy a copy of any of JON JUSOFF tatting books; which aren't available at this time. If you have double copies or would like to sell yours, contact me and I'll forward the message; or, contact In Tatters Forum.
I happen to know that Tatskool is looking for a copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas pattern by Pam Palmer; so, I'm adding that one also.
On the subject of books. BUYER BEWARE There are those on E-Bay who are asking impossible, silly starting prices on tatting books that are available elsewhere at reasonable prices. Be sure you know and have a relationship with anyone you buy books from. Amazon, in general, is usually pretty pricey when it comes to Tatting books. You can search Abebooks.com periodically and find good prices on some books which are harder to find. Mary Konier's popular "Visual Patterns" books is available a number of places for around 20 dollars. Whenever possible I try to buy from the designer. Of course, with older books this is not possible; please seek out reputable book sellers. I do collect rare books (not just tatting) and have purchased a few that were expensive. But they were first editions, some were signed by the author and most were in mint condition or were taken to a bookbinder and restored. I realize the value of a rare book and have had the wherewithal to fund my collection. For the average reader, it makes no sense at all to spend a great deal of money on books if money is an issue. It would be better spent on the family budget! IMHO
Jane's TIA Introduction is posted on the TIA site (see side bar information). The TIA itself begins next Tuesday ~ so be looking for your shuttles (you need at least two) and start thinking about threads. The Introduction gives you all the information you need to begin on Tuesday. I'm off to find a couple of my English Aeros and extra bobbins...but first to choose the thread! Is the excitement building?