View Full Version : Updated links: Public Domain Tatting Patterns

10-02-2012, 10:05 PM
This subject comes up from time to time, and some of my previous links were stale. These links worked today -- sharing with my tatting students, so decided to post them here on InTatters as well:

Two sources for Public Domain tatting patterns (old ones - website orientation varies, and URLs have changed over time and may change again:

1. Antique Pattern Library
www.antiquepatternlibrary.org (http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/)
Click on "Catalog" link and use your browser's search function (Ctrl+F on Internet Explorer) to search for the text string "tatt" -- this pulls up both "tatted" and "tatting" and few other words

2. Arizona University, not sure what "CS" means, mostly weaving, but there's tatting scattered among the various links. Again, use your browser's search function to look for "tatt" which picks up tatted and tatting but not much stray stuff:

"Front Door" page mentions weaving, but there's tatting under several of the links:

...Lace (link off "front_door" page) T. deDillmont,

....Monographs (link off "front_door" page: some tatting) lots of Mme Riego

...Books (link off "front_door" page) Hoare, Otava (new one to me), Dillmont, Youngburg (new one to me)

...One link: tatting and "Maltese Art" -- also included netting -- I hadn't seen netting instructions before.

11-02-2012, 12:57 AM
And don't forget the Archive of Public Domain books on Georgia Seitz's site and Project Guttenburg, don't have URL's but both do have Public Domain Tatting books.

And don't forget to please, please, please share any Public Domain Tatting books you might have. It's the best way to preserve them and keep them available for future generations of tatters.

Re Netting directions: The book Tatting and Netting, a public domain book is available on Georgia's site. It's a big file, that's why it's divided into parts.

11-02-2012, 08:22 AM
Also, the Norma Benporath tatting patterns from the Queenslander newspaper are now in public domain, available through the Australian National Library site called Trove. Same search criteria.


Norma Benporath should get you all her tatting patterns. Updating and correcting is in process. There are a few other unattributed patterns also in public domain/copyright expired.

11-02-2012, 04:41 PM
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/publicindex.html I looked up the Georgia Seitz's public domain web sight and Project Guttenburg.

11-02-2012, 07:06 PM
Dr. Griswold was a computer science professor at Arizona State University. He had an interest in hand weaving and started a large collection of online weaving samples. Eventually he added a lace and lace related collection, for which I am truly grateful. The lace email list "Arachne" had a member who began to scan out of copyright lace books and has enriched the collection immensely. I am proud to say that the original copy of the DMC Tatting book is mine and the image is now preserved in the collection. Just search for tatting and be ready to spend a couple of weeks going through it!

Dr. Griswold passed away and now the entire collection is being maintained by a new volunteer.