While I was home for Christmas (which we celebrated closer to New Year’s), my mom and I spent some time at a little antique store close to her home. I was delighted to find several tatted doilies, a couple of tatting shuttles, and a darning egg. Plus one lovely tape lace (bobbin lace) doily with a little square of cutwork in the middle.
I’m always on the lookout for these treasures when I go to an antique store. I rarely find anything, but I always look. Some days I hit the jackpot and bring home a load of antique needlework. There are always many crocheted items and occasionally the odd knitted item. Tatting and bobbin lace are more rare though. Once in a while I do collect an especially beautiful example of crochet or knitting, but I really focus on rescuing the better tatting and bobbin lace that I find.
I’m still looking for old Work Baskets, Pieceworks, and books or pamphlets with tatting in them. I have found few so far, but it’s always fun hunting for them.