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25-03-2010, 10:47 AM
I've just added the patent details for Dora Young's Knotless Tatting technique to the History > Patents section (under Home)
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What level is this technique? (see poll above)
What does it look like (photos? video?)
When do you use it?
Why do you use it?
What things do you need to have for this?
Are there other names for it? What about other languages?
Are there any secret tips or tricks to this technique?
Is there any history around this technique?
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15-04-2010, 05:53 PM
I found this in the archives -
Posted by tatkrazy on Thu Oct 2, 2003 2:54 am
This year I was extremely fortunate in receiving Dora Young's tatting
shuttle collection along with her original manuscript and tatting. As
a result I have made Dora her own web page. Please enjoy and be sure
to let me know if I've made any typos. http://dorayoung.home.att.net/
Posted by Joy Thu Oct 2, 2003 10:22 am
Heidi, I for one would very much like to hear the story of how you
obtained Dora Young's collection. That is, if it is a story you
would like to pass on.
Your site and the site you have for Dora's collection are a pleasure
Joy Reno, Trenton, MI, USA
tats with a vengeance
Unfortunately the website is nolonger
15-04-2010, 06:23 PM
More from the archives
My Dora Young Story
Sat Oct 4, 2003
Here's the story behind my Dora Young collection:
With my web page I often get people that write with questions or shuttles. One day last year I received an email that said, they had their grandmothers shuttle collection and wanted to know how or where to sell it and that they also had some of the tatting books that their grandmother had written. This email was signed Mr. Young. You can imagine my anticipation after I emailed him asking if he was related to Dora Young. He responded by saying he was glad someone remembered her and was looking for a good home for her shuttles. We had many emails for about a month then I didn't hear from him for nine months. I had written him a couple emails to keep in touch but didn't want to bug him. I really didn't think anything was going to happen since I hadn't heard from him for so long. But this last June he sent me two of her books and the emails began again. I told him what I'd like to do with her things so that Dora was remembered and her things shared with other tatters. He liked all my ideas and I was able to buy her shuttle collection. I have asked him for, and he has given his permissin to allow me to reprint her book, but this will take a while(probably a year or two). We plan to add a little history on Dora along with pictures of her shuttle collection. If anyone has suggestions of things they would like to see in the book, please send me an email I can use all the suggestions I can get.
Mr. Young has told me he has more books in the basement and will send them to me, but this was a couple of weeks ago. So there's no telling when he will send them. When I do get the original books I will put them through a de-musting process and put them up on the web page for sale. I will be sure to let you all know when this happens.
15-04-2010, 06:26 PM
How is the knotless tatting related to the DYK???
This also from the archives -last one
Need Help on Dora Young's Knot
by Lai Ellen
Mon Feb 23, 2004 4:38 pm
I have been trying to understand how to execute the Dora Young's knot (DYK) from some black and white diagrams but I don't seem to be able to do it. Wonder if anyone know of a website with good coloured photos ?
I think the DYK is a technique to make the tatting looks nicer, but it can be replaced by a simple lock joint. Is that right ?
Regards, Ellen from Singapore
15-04-2010, 07:33 PM
Could this be the web site you are looking for or the person? Try this site http://tattingshuttles.blogspot.com/ I hope it helps you. For it's the one I could find....maybe it's the same person you was looking for.
15-04-2010, 07:42 PM
It is the same person, but it's not the Dora Young pages. I've offered Heidi space here to house the other site if she wishes. Still, this thread is to discuss the technique - anyone using it?
I may be wrong, but I thought the Dora Young technique is what I do for a split chain when doing directional tatting.
02-07-2010, 09:16 PM
Dora Young's website is at:
02-07-2010, 09:36 PM
After reading the patent, I concluded that Dora Young's method is the split chain. She achieved split rings formations by working a chain to the split point, and then a split chain for the second part of the ring. This is a very clever and important method in the history of tatting. We don't work split rings by that method these days, but the idea is huge. You know me, I'll split anything: spiral chains, josephine knots, anything that wouldn't normally go where I want to end up.
04-07-2010, 12:03 PM
There are a few aspects to the technique. There is the split chain side and then also the knot itself - which can be used in techniques like Catherine Wheels. Judith Connors held a workshop on the Dora Young knot when I went up to the Queensland Tatters. Interesting technique that really could do with some more exploring. I would class it as advanced but a good intermediate wanting to experiment could easily pick it up.