A month or so ago I bought a leaflet off Ebay and when it arrived I thumbed through it (as you do) and came across a very familiar pattern!!!
Familiar as I know I made it way back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. YES, I was/am a dinosaur in Tat Land as you know!!! I knew I didn't work it from this leaflet as this one is all in Italian and I don't speak or understand that language!!
It's bothered me ever since I saw it so yesterday I donned my safari outfit and set out with courage by my side and fought my way to the bookshelves. Why, oh why do we both 'dump' stuff in the back room and always in front of MY BOOKS?
Anyway, I arrived breathless and perspiring having fought off snakes, lions, elephants etc to find the folder with the odd loose sheets in - least I knew roughly where to look. Now to my surprise - there it was.
This is just a loose sheet which I must have inherited when my gran died. I've got quite a few but this one is a mystery as I've no idea which publication it came from. Looking on the back of the sheet it wasn't a tatting book. I'm wondering if it was from 'The Lady' as it's got an article about a National Trust property on the back. When I have assembled an army of volunteers to accompany me again (well I'll ask the cat if she wants to help) I may take another trip to the bookshelves to see if I've got anymore that are from the same source but with more clues. As it's suggesting that Coats thread is used I've a feeling they must have sold the pattern to the magazine.
Bet you want to know the name of the Italian leaflet I bought? It's Il Lavoro Chiacchierino 4.
No prizes for spotting that the Italian and English versions both have the very SAME photo!!!!
There are other patterns in both my loose sheets and the Italian leaflet that are the same. Does anybody know the history behind this? Bet Georgia knows!!!