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Sunday, 5 July 2015

the chicken and the egg

Last summer I received a vintage collar tatted with a silk thread, which had belonged to one of my many aunts for decades, tatted probably between the two wars. I've been so happy to share the pattern and tat it again to grasp old hidden tatting secrets, the way the old tatter choose to cope with rings and chains. It could have been original or may be not, I don't know, but the pattern actually it is simple, fast and attractive.

The story.

I've still browsed Pinterest, even if I don't rather pin.

There're more and more broken links but a lot of inspirational artworks. Following active links, I've discovered a discrete amount of copied books, a pity, but at least in one case I'd like to share a positive feedback: I got to know via Pinterest the existence of a book by a Czech lady, "Frivolitky" by Milena Tomkova published in 2003, 70 pages. In one page, pinned by someone, I found the same pattern of the collar. Of course I rushed to look through all pages and it's a lovely book, with many motifs' patterns, it would be worth to buy even I can't read czech. I googled it but I couldn't learn if it's available.

Considering that it can't be assumed that the collar's pattern was original, nor I can say if the book is a collection of vintage patterns, neither someone could know if their grandmother born first than the one who tatted the collar... I don't know if it's fair to leave the pattern in this blog or not. What do you think? Is it a silly question, like the chicken and the egg? What should I do?

I've very little tatting and sewing to show, no progress on Anne Orr's doily, no ideas for a bookmark for july... Small coin/shuttle purses that I've sewn for a lacemakers' meeting, it will be held next weekend in my city. I've played with rings vertically curled, too.


Googling "frivolitky Mileny Tomkove" I found this site where it is possible to order the book, even if it's not so clear to me how to...  
(in the page "Literatura")


  1. I think it is fine to leave this pattern on your blog, because of the age of the collar you have is older than this book you found, this book is not the original pattern. I have redone vintage patterns that are free to all and it is nice to have better instructions. I would leave it because of the age of the collar you have.

  2. I agree with Carollyn :-)

    Many a times we come up with a pattern or effect or method Independently, but later find that it was not original. That does not, in any way, discount each independent achievement. It has happened with me, too, but I still feel that sense of achievement that I could figure stuff out all alone.

    I'm so glad you tried vertically curled rings ! Hope you share your thoughts.

  3. Yes, you put your own input in and were completely open about where the idea came from, so I don't think there's any problem. Is there no way of contacting the author? She may be interested in your way of working it!

  4. Thank you very much, your comments are really helpful. I'll add an info in the last post of the collar. Jane, it'd be nice if I can contact the author, I'll go on googling her name.

  5. Hello, I am from the Czech Republic and I have information about Mrs Tomkova. Do you want to? Will you give me an address for contact with you?

  6. Lenka sounds like she could really help with this I am interested in what happens keep us posted.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.