Bead and Jewellery #98

Bead and Jewellery #98
Jan. 12, 2020 Tatting Newsletter

I received a new book, actually a magazine, from the UK which has proven itself to be a true delight. It may be a bit hard to find but it will be worth it. Yes, look at the cover!

Bead and Jewellery winter issue 98 Jan. 2020 cover

Yes, that is a tatting pattern on the cover. How neat is that? It looks like a vintage tatted motif à la Frau Frauberger but that is fine. Let the old be made new again. And a new look is obvious with the Swarovski crystals, drops and Miyuki beads. But this is not the best part. The model is accompanied by four pages of full-color tutorial photographs, 45 step by step photos of needle tatting. Marvelous!

Bead and Jewellery winter issue 98 ad for Julie Ashford Festive Beading 4

During a study of the magazine, I found more tatting, too. Claudia Cattaneo, the designer, on page 29 also featured a necklace in a very familiar four-ring motif joined in the middle type edging, a sweet angel, another necklace of 7 flower motifs encrusted in beads, and lots more.

It is so refreshing to see tatting so prominently featured in print as here in this issue of Bead & Jewellery.

Was the name of the famous tatting designer, Tina Frauberger, new to you? We have some of her patterns posted at for you to try out.

Frau Tina Frauberger's Schiffchenspitze I ed. 1919, Decolletage Insertion Page 76, Fig 77

Tina Frauberger, neé Philippina Christina Lauterbach (1861 - 1937) married an art historian, Heinrich Frauberger (1845 - 1920), An educated and talented needle artist her first love was for tatting. She designed many patterns both graceful and dainty as well as useful and enduring.

She and her husband founded an institute that taught tatting to those blinded in WWI. During the post-war years she published two books of tatting patterns. Both these books are available for free download.

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