Monday, May 5, 2008

1920s Apron with tatted edge

Mother made this dressy apron for Grandma Wasden around 1926. We loved to watch when Mother went through the contents of her cedar chest, because when she got to the tatting shuttles, she would make each of us a little piece of lace. There just wasn't time in her busy life to revive the craft, but she never forgot how to do it. This apron is sewn on a sewing machine, but the work is very carefully done.


Judy said...

The apron alone is beautiful. With the tatted lace, it is a true heirloom. I could never get the hang of tatting, but Mother could make the shuttle fly and magic would appear. I believe it is almost a forgotten art....probably because it is too hard. Thanks for sharing this.

Gina said...

Oh no, it's not a forgotten art! It's going strong worldwide!

I love seeing the old laces though and you don't see nearly as much of tatting as knitting or crocheting.
:-) Gina aka Tatting Goddess

❦TattingChic said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! I agree with Judy that the apron alone is beautiful. The tatting is truly exquisite!
Like Gina said tatting is alive and well and thriving! If you'd like to see more tatting you are more than welcome to come and visit my tatting blog! I have a lot of tatting blog links on my right sidebar (including Gina's) so come on over sometime!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is now 2010??? LOL! UNbelievable!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for your comments - it's nice to know that the art is still healthy, even if some of us don't have the patience to learn how.