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Saturday, 13 March 2021

crab or candle holder?

That is, the pattern n.9 in the Endrucks' 1920 book reminds me a line of crabs but also candle holders! That pattern would be lovely if tatted in colored thread! 

Pictures in this post are from Pina Pinto. 

Her beautiful tatting and her thread's choice make the tatting look very traditional but still modern.

It's wonderful how a simple shape can inspire many ideas! For example, if we add more picots in the upper rings, they look like flowers in a pot!

She's converted Endrucks' 1920 patterns (the number 9, 15 and 16 in the old 1920 book) in modern step-by-step pictures and/or numbers on pictures, that is a great help in recreating the old tatting patterns, that otherwise would be very difficult to follow, if you only look at the the old text and diagrams. 

Thank you very much, Pina!

Her contribute has been very useful to think about some details, like that one underlined in the n.15 above. The pencil lines indicate where she changed direction of chains and that is different from the original old pattern. The tatting starts on the left in the picture, those chains face in opposite direction, and to obtain that effect we need a change of direction and a picot in the same point. 

In general, in some models, Endrucks avoided holding a picot on the core thread. We may like more symmetry than what tatters used to like in the past and in that case we need a chain with a drop picot or a picot held with paperclip.

I remember now that, to change direction, I've learnt another way to do it, in place of using a clip,  when I tatted the mystery doily:
- leave a small picot,
- first half,
- one complete ds,
- reverse work, adjust last ds and continue the chain.
That worked for me.

In the next picture, there is only part of the pattern n.16. I can see it like a big earring, with beads, tatted with metallic thread! If only I wear big earrings!

Direct links to (modern version) pdf files:

We've had her help also for a fourth pattern (the number 17 in the old book), that will be available soon. 

That is a community project, we welcome everyone of you to join in! Please let us known where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting! 

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project , so please use it!

We all enjoy sharing and the project is waiting every one of you! All infos and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:  




  1. I do see the crab and the candle holder. ;)
    Nice work!! :)

  2. Beautiful work and very interesting how the old patterns are being re-worked

  3. Figure 16 serves as an earring, but can also be a beautiful petal in a floral pattern. 🌼

  4. It is so exciting to see Pina choose 2 More patterns after making her first 2, and complete them all in record time ... she certainly got addicted 😉 Can't thank her enough💕
    Yes, I see the Jewish menorah, crab, and #16 is quite a beautiful design! I'm sure more adaptations will emerge from the modern notations.

    1. ... the tatting to-do list is growing 🤣

  5. Wow, i can really see the row of crabs, that is a cute pattern! The project is very ambitious but with skilled tatters it's bound to be a success! Congratulations to the contributors!

  6. Oh! I love it!! And I would like to add an edging to a stitched picture of the sea. I think this will work. Thank you!!!

  7. I saw crabs. It took me a minute to get the candle holders idea.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.