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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Priscilla Bookmark

It looks like I will have to wait until after the Holidays before resuming Inkscape posts. I didn't realize how busy I would be trying to get everything done. Here is another last minute tatted gift. This one is based on an edging from the old Priscilla Tatting Book #2. It is tatted in Lizbeth size 80 Vineyard Harvest:


I turned the edging the opposite way from what is shown in the book. In addition, I had to make some minor adjustments to the stitch count and add corners to create a bookmark.

Having some experience in designing really comes in handy when altering antique patterns. I used to get really frustrated because I didn't know what to do when antique patterns didn't work out. Now it's just like I'm fixing up one of my own patterns to get it to lay flat.

The Priscilla Tatting Books are all in the public domain, so these patterns are available for free. 

For those who are interested in creating this bookmark, I've drawn up a diagram with the stitch counts. Right click and open the image in a new tab to see the numbers clearly.


This bookmark works up very large, so I recommend it for tatters who like to use small threads. Size 80 works great, and I wouldn't go any larger than size 40 for this one.

Muskaan asked what size the bookmark is when it's finished. Using size 80 thread, my bookmark measures 1.5 inches wide and 6 inches long (though length will vary depending on the number of repeats chosen). In size 20 thread, the bookmark is 2.25 inches wide, and can be as long or as short as you want it.

14 comments:

  1. I like the bookmark. Substantial enough for a big book. Thanks for the stitch count.

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  2. I like this bookmark, But size 80 would be a problem for me to tat, I might try 40 in the summer when the light is good but I can't go any lower due to me eyes. I am going to keep the picture of the bookmark and hopefully tat it in the future.
    Love it in your chosen colour
    Margaret

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  3. Lovely bookmark ! Sort of goes round like swirls & twirls ;-)
    Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    Could you give the measurements of the bookmark you made with size 80 ? It will serve as a benchmark for other thread sizes.

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    1. Sure. In size 80, the bookmark is 1.5 inches wide, and 6 inches long with 7 repeats. I also tatted a small sample in size 20 to calculate corners and stitch adjustments. The width in size 20 is 2.25 inches, and you can make it however long you want depending on the number of repeats.

      Maybe I will go back and add this information to the body of the post later today, for others who are interested.

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    2. Thanks, Robin. This is really helpful.
      Hugs :-)

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  4. Very beautyful, love that thread!

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  5. Vinyard Harvest was not a favorite when I tatted with it. Must be the project as your bookmark looks so very nice and encourages me to use it again. Thank you for the stitch count. Karen in OR

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  6. This is just wonderful, you did a great job of remake!

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  7. Way after the fact... but I will make it up in a 20 thread for a hat band...Thanks for the posting

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  8. Hi Robin, do u happen to have the pattern for this bookmark "written" out. I get confused a wee bit with visual patterns? Thank you Bec

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    1. Hi Bec, unfortunately I don't have written instructions for this particular pattern, and am a bit swamped with other tatting projects at the moment. I wonder if any of the tatters on Facebook would be able to help with transcribing it?

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