One day while browsing through antique shops about 14 years ago I happened upon a lovely piece of tatted lace. Since tatted lace isn't the most common thing to find in an antique shop I was quite excited to take it home with me. I paid my money and carried my lovely piece of lace home with me.
It was a tatted collar.
This tatted collar, to be exact!
beautiful round tatted lace motifs filled with
their lovely webs of needle lace!
So very fine and beautiful!
The collar was edged with a beautiful
cloverleaf edging all around the collar.
about the joinings of the picots.
These were no ordinary picot joins!
Ah! I am soooo glad we don't have
to do that anymore in tatting.
I'm grateful for the classic picot join in tatting!
until sometime after 1851
(Some reports say 1852, others say 1853).
So, the next time you are joining your picots
whisper a little thanks to the French lady,
Mademoiselle Eleonore Riego de la Branchardiere!
"Thank you, Mlle. Riego!"
You see, Mlle. Riego made the way
we join picots today very famous so all
tatters could enjoy the convenience of joining picots
as we tat away instead of sewing the
individual picots together later one by one.
which is joined with a classic join to itself,
but sewn to the actual collar!
just how old is this tatted work of art?
Regardless of the age of this tatted mystery, I'm glad I am able to share it here with you! It is one of my little treasures and I wouldn't share it with just anyone, you know!