>Hmmmm....well, it seems I misremembered - tatting is earlier than crochet.
> I thought tatting was period, though late, as a way to use the scraps
> left over making lace and / or a way for those who could not afford
> lace to get a lace-like effect.
However, in a book on tatting which I have (Tatting in Lace, by Mary Konior)
there is a bit of the history of tatting in the introduiction.
"Historically, tatting is a devleopment of an earlier practrice used in
embroidery, where a heavy thread or cord, knotted at close intervals like a
string of beads, would be couched to fabric in order to add texture or
outline to a design. Knots of different types were used in this way during
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Western Europe, and although few
of the ensuing embroideris have survived, the pastime of *knotting*
[emphasis in book], as it was then called, was well document4ed in
contemporary letters, diaries and verse...A list of ladies who posed shuttle
in hand for their portraits during the period 1740 to 1780, includes several
princesses, countesses, and a queen, among oth3er distinguished ranks...
According to Tina Frauberger, writing in 1919 in Handbuch der
Schiffchenspitze (Handbook of Shuttle Lace), published directions appeared
int he early eighteenth century in Nutzbares, galantes und curioses
Frauenzimmer-Lexicon, 3rd edition 1739...then this must be the earliest
evidence of genuine tatting."
Hope that helps clear up some of the history of tatting. However, if there
is new info, please let me know! I'd love to be able to use tatting!
aka Mistress Agnes Cabot, wife of Master Peter Cabot, cod merchant of
So many books, so little time