I was looking at another blog I follow, and found some lovely references to tatting over the years - many years! (Marie Antoinette and her tatting shuttle...) Some of the work is quite remarkable.
This image is from the book "The Art of Tatting" by Lady Katharin L. Hoare. I gather that Lady Hoare was a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth of Roumania. The Queen was a fine and prolific tatter. She tatted this lovely altar piece - it is a chalice cover done in silk thread beaded with pearls. Magnificent, non?
Here is the Queen (and others) tatting. My, what straight backs. Those corsets did wonders for posture. I wonder what the ladies chatted about. Did they gripe about their families/spouses like we do? Did they tell bad jokes?
I found Lady Hoare's book in its entirety online here. I realize that many tatters are aware of this work, but it's nice to find it on the web, available to all. Do check it out!
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