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Hi. I live in Canberra, Australia, and started tatting early in 2009. Consequently, I've now caught the 'tatting bug' and hope to be infected for a long while.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Handkerchief edging

Another item on my 'to-do' list was to edge a handkerchief. Mission now accomplished.

This edging was from the book Tatted Fashion by Teiko Fujito and used DMC size 80.

A woman who is experienced in edging handkerchiefs advised me to do a row of double crochet around the edge of the material prior to attaching the edging. How happy I am for her advice, because it worked out well :)


  1. That is a lovely handkerchief! It must me hanky-posting week... Tatskook, Jane, you, me... I wonder who else will post a finished hanky?

  2. Your edging is really beautiful! I need to try this, too. Thanks for the double crochet tip. It really looks nice.

  3. I agree, it really is lovely. Did you then tat onto the crochet round as you went or did you sew it on after you tatted it?

  4. What an interesting idea Eliz! It didn't even occur to me to tat it on.... Perhaps next time......For this time around I just slip stitched it on.

    Linda, I look forward to seeing your photo.

    Diane, did you remember to iron your hanky before you put the lace on? I didn't :(

    Ah-well...we live, we learn :)

  5. Anonymous16.7.10

    this is lovely. beautiful work

  6. I've never tried a handkerchief, but will be soon. Why the crocheted edge?

    Beautiful!! Hope that you get to keep it

  7. Wow that edging is lovely and what a great idea to crochet a border first!

  8. Beautiful! I love the colors! :)

  9. That is wonderful tatting!

    I am glad you have discovered the crochet technique. I, too, have found that to be a helpful method of attaching the edging.

    Found it too cumbersome to attach the tatting as I made it, so sewed the border on afterward. I think it might stay cleaner that way, also.
    Fox : )

  10. I'm so glad you enabled the photo to enlarge, because seeing it 'lifesize' shows how truly beautiful this edging is!

    That was a LOT of work in size 80 thread! I'm sure you also had to use a very small crochet hook. I need one of those padded 'cushions' on the shank when I use one of those 'fine' hooks.

    I agree with Fox that sewing the tatting on afterwards is less 'cumbersome' to do, and later would enable you to remove the tatting without doing harm to the tatting or crocheting. It adds an extra step but makes it more portable, although it's still tricky to get the corners to fit just so! Wonderful job!

    Did you get the DMC thread at a needlework shop or order it online - or just have it in your stash?

  11. Hi Kathy
    I purchased the DMC online and now have a stash of them :)

    Your comment of Size 80 thread being a 'lot of work' is interesting. It did seem to take a while to complete the project.......

    I was unsure what size thread to use. Perhaps next time I'll use a thicker material so that I can use a thicker thread for the border.

  12. Your hankies are beautiful. I started one but stopped because it looked weird, but will try it again with the crochet row first.

    I am learning puncetto from that video, books, and handmade graphs from a lady at Needle Lace Talk. That is the place to go if you are learning a new lace. Lots of info there.

  13. Your edging is perfect! Thanks for the double crochet tip.