Saturday, 28 September 2013

Vintage Flower Edging

As stated in the previous post, this is a classic vintage edging which is no longer under copyright.  Versions of it can be found in online needlework and tatting archives and elsewhere.  Therefore I feel it now belongs to all tatters, for everyone to have pleasure in tatting it.  I am providing you with a version of it with my stitch count, the one I am using now to make a hanky edging.  I have come up with a different solution for the corner (different from the first time I made it in the pink and blue version from the previous post).

It's a very pretty edging in my opinion; it is easy to make and grows quickly.  I wrote out the pattern for you to enjoy and made a pdf of it which is available below.  Whenever I have seen this edging, it usually didn't have a name - sometimes just a number - (though in one book it was called "Empress")  so I decided to give it one of my own.  "Fleurette" seemed an obvious choice for this lovely edging with small flowers.

Clicking on to image will take you to Google Docs where the pattern is stored.

And finally, to keep with the purple theme of this post, I have matching purple hands at the moment as I have just returned from picking...


They grow wild all around the lanes, and this year, are particularly tasty.
I'm off to make a batch of jam!

Best wishes,


  1. Thank you doing this and sharing your work! Now just to get some of that jam!

  2. Really nice work and blackberries look great mmmmm!

  3. Thanks for sharing that edging. Interesting way to do the corner. I like it! ;-)
    Stephanie W

  4. Great! Thanks.

    My Grandpa used to make blueberry and gooseberry jam... I miss it!
    Fox : )

  5. Thank you! I've saved the pattern. Good to have the corner all worked out and the stitch count too.

  6. Très joli modèle ! Merci pour le patron.
    Tes mûres donnent envie de les manger :-)

  7. Such a pretty edging. Please don't pick any more blackberries after today because the devil would have spat on them!! Look up folklore about St. Michael and All Angels - Michaelmas

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  9. Miraculous colour selection, much nicer than white!

  10. Love the edging - thanks!

    My mother used to freeze blackberries whole and defrost them later in the year to make blackberry cobbler. We kids were sent out to pick as much as we could of them - they grew wild in a field by us. Blackberry cobbler + ice cream in mid-winter = yum!

  11. Frivole, when you are squeezing the juice to make the jam, don't forhet to soak a skeing of cotton thread in it , for a great home-made colour

  12. This is such a beautiful edging, and although being a relatively new tatter, I am going to try it for a handkerchief. I've done a test piece with size 20 thread, and am working on a test now in size 40, and trying to figure out which to go with, and I'm wondering what size thread was used in your two examples. Thank you for this, and for sharing all of your knowledge!

    1. Hello Margaret,
      I'm sure you'll have no problem with this pattern as it's pretty straightforward, just rings and chains. As for the size thread, the example in this post is made with size 20 thread as well as the other version I made that I used to edge a doily. I think the pink and blue one may have been made with size 40 thread but I'm afraid I can't remember. It's true that for handkerchiefs, I often like to use finer thread as I find it looks better and is softer for hankies. Good luck with it!

    2. Hello again! Now I have a followup question about the corner. Do I understand correctly that it is not attached to the fabric edge at the corner? Having trouble visualizing that.... thanks in advance!

    3. Hi Margaret, no, the corner is attached to the fabric too. It's just that the picot is also used to join the curves together (so is less visible than the other picots) but it is still used afterwards to attach to the fabric.


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