Monday, August 15, 2011

Amazing old find!

The weekend was busy, like usual, full of friends and eating and relaxing, so I didn't make much progress on tatting at all. More bookmarks, but nothing new.

So instead, I thought I would share this amazing find! I picked it up at a local "antique mall" (which, for those of you who have never experienced this bizarre delight, is a place where locals try to get rid of all of the old crap they have laying around their homes from the last 200 years or so). It's a hit and miss experience, I assure you. However, if you like garage sales, you will probably love antique malls...

I got it for $5. Let me show you why I am geeking out about this:

Both sides of this clutch purse (drawstring bag thingy) are covered with exquisite detail. Yes, it's falling apart. But the inspiration! Oh my! Maybe one day I'll be able to do something like this. Until then, I can just gaze at it in admiration.

Anything new in your end of the world? Have a great Monday!


  1. What a rare find indeed!

    Your $5 Antique Mall purse incorporates Coronation Cord flowers with tatting. Coronation Cord hasn't been manufactured since the 1920s. It is exceptionally hard, if impossible, to find today.

    Take a closer look at the Coronation Cord -- I bet it looks like new.

    This stuff revolutionized the needle arts industry in its day. It quickly was adopted by all manner of home-artisans: embroidery, crewel, crochet, tatting, etc.

    If the seller had known anything about Coronation Cord the price would have been much, much higher for that purse!

  2. That was a lucky find, so interesting to hear from Isdihara the information about the Coronation Cord flowers. $5 dollars seems very cheap.

  3. Wow, I really like it too. Isidhara's info about the Coronation cord is interesting and now I have to look it up.
    I really love those flowers on the bag.

  4. I never knew about this stuff! Interesting comments from Isdihra, as usual!
    Fox : ))

  5. wow! now I am going to look at my local shops a little closer, not only beautiful, but definitely inspiring. Thank you Isdihra for the information :) Excellent find!

  6. *blushes* Aw shucks, ladies! I was fortunate to have a fellow tatter do a presentation about Coronation Cord for one of the Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia's monthly meetings in 2010. And of course, sells a marvelous book about Coronation Cord titled "Coronation Cord Remembered", edited by Jules Kliot. ISBN: 9781891656910

  7. I loved all of the info, Isdihara! I had so much fun looking it up and bragging to my husband (who gave me a "people really care about this stuff?" look). I'm going to keep hunting for those good finds in my *spare* time. And you all are so encouraging! After a comment day like this, I think, I can accomplish any piece of tatting with online friends! Thanks!

  8. Lookie what one of the ladies from my local lace guild found after reading the comments on this post! (♫It's a small world after all...♫)

    "The pattern is in Julia E. Sanders “Tatting Patterns” book ISBN 0-486-23554-8. It’s picture and pattern are on page 48. Youngtatter’s picture looks nicer than the one pictured in the book."

    Isn't that a nice compliment? :-D

  9. P.S. Anita, the lady from my local lace guild wonders if perhaps the bag you bought for $5 might be the ACTUAL bag pictured in the Julie Sanders book. (Wouldn't that be a hoot, if it was?)

  10. Holy Crow!! That would be amazing. How cool is that? I feel so lucky! What a great guild of fabulous informants ;)

  11. I have that Julie Sanders book. When I get the time I'll look it up. I don't think that design is as difficult as it appears.