When I finished 'Tatting Made Simple' I had a lot of material left over, and more coming in, so I started on another book, which I called 'Tatting Patterns Old & New'. It was a compilation of everything left over from the first book, and included some really interesting patterns for the 1970's.
Contributors included Myra Piper of Olney, IL with two snowflake patterns, Doris Clark of Lakeview, NY with a popular tatted rosary, Ruth Potter of Linden, NJ with two simple but beautiful
Hard as it is for the younger crowd to imagine, 'personal computers' in the late 1970's were primitive, little more than dedicated word processors with no picture capability. My first 'computer' was a Systel word processor with an electronic typewriter input/output device.
I brought home from work scrap pages of 11"x14" computer paper to type the book on, leaving spaces for photographs to be pasted on. I bought a flat-bed copier and reduced the sheets to 8 1/2" x 11"
I taught myself to tat in my teens. My mother had already taught me to knit and crochet (her favorite craft). I was leafing through her collection of old Workbasket Magazines when I came across lesson 2 in tatting. I couldn't find the copy with lesson 1, so I experimented.
I could tell that the stitch was the familiar square knot turned on its side, so I played with un-making the stitch to see how it was made (in reverse).
In short order, I had figured it out and was