Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Saturday, July 19, 1975 p age 5 Tatting Returns As New Craft Form Mrs. Ruth Krahmer Tats It takes imagination and agility and a creative nature to whip out original pieces of tatting. Mrs. Ruth Krahmer, 527 Elm Court, says that there is nothing to it. Her fingers instinctively know what to do, and she has great fun making up her own designs. This Freeport grandmother has been producing lovely pieces of tatting of gassamer quality since 1919. "It was used a great deal on dresses, blouses, undergarments and towels. Then it went out of favor," she explains. Now there is an increased interest in handiwork. Many are tired of the prepackaged character of life. Women are interested in finding out "just how Grandma did it." Classes in tatting have been offered at the YWCA, with Mrs. Krahmer as the instructor. In a few lessons her pupils learned the barest essentials (only two stitches need to be mastered). They then went on to learn more elaborate design con- ceptions. At -first some had problems with tangled thread and knots. "I can't get a knot even if I try," says Mrs. Krahmer matter-of-factly. Passions for tatting have come and gone. The art dates back to the 16th century in Italy. Women then made rosette-like shapes in very small pieces. Next it became very popular in England. And so from rings and picots (a loop of thread formed between two double knots on the outer edge or rings and lines), tatting became more sophisticated and artistic. Soon women were incorporating gold threads and precious jewels in their tatting pieces. Tatting, Mrs. Krahmer says, may be described as a knotted fabric structure which is open, firm and decorative. All of this is produced with a shuttle (as photographed below) and the fingers. Mrs. Krahmer uses tatting cotton No. 70 for fine work, or a No. 30 for dress cuff and sleeve tatting. Some of the abbreviations used in patterns are: cl, close the ring, Ir, large ring; dk, double knot; 1 line; Ip, large picot; p, picot; r, ring; rep, re- Her Shuttle Is Of Antique Vintage Social, Club Notes Rings, Picots White Shrine To Have Picnic In The Park Members of Capernaum Shrine, Order of .the White Shrine of Jerusalem will have their summer picnic Wednesday evening at 6:30 on the lower level of Krape Park. Arrangements for the event are being made by Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. ; •- Kuhlemeyer. .. Meat, coffee and fruit punch will be' £ v jfurhlshed. Those attending are ret '*;j.rninded to bring table service and food ,i y.'r'-;. ?• ;^ tq. share. - Newcomers Picnic On Wednesday afternoon, some 50 : members of Newcomers Club cooled ;. off at Flagstaff Hill with a picnic. The tables were decorated with eatable centerpieces. These were water' melon boats with assorted fresh fruit in them. Place- cards were cut in the shape of ^watermelon slices. : ., The women had a variety of salads from which to choose. Fried chicken and lemonade completed the picnic menu. Corsages were presented to new members. Volleyball was played, and conversation followed. Party arrangements were made by Mrs. Terry Hoefle and Mrs. Richard Rosenstiel. Discuss Events Plans'; for : -coming-events were discussed at the July meeting of Eagles Auxiliary. A ladies stag and card party was planned for July 31. The women also discussed having a corn boil and ice cream social. . Prizes were won by Mrs. Charles Vick, Mrs. Lloyd Duffield and Mrs. Ellery Runkle. All-Member Plunge Working men and women are invited to attend'the new all-member plunge at the YWCA on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7 to 8. For further information, interested persons may call the YW office," 2324197. Exceptional Mothers Monday evening, Exceptional Mothers group of the YWCA will meet in the International Lounge. Various issues will be discussed, and coffee will be served. All interested persons are invited. For Duplicate Players On Monday there will be a Club Four in Limited Pairs Tournament for duplicate bridge players in Rockford at 7:30. Winners in Tuesday evening play at the YW were as follows: Mrs. Paul Bender and Mrs. Lucy Adolphson, first; Mrs. Russell Hoefle and Mrs. Carl Ketelhut, second; and Mr.and Mrs. Richard Credicott, third. Interested bridge players are invited to join the group at the YW on Tuesday evenings at 7:30.' Notes of the Day Lisabeth Underbill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Underbill, Freeport Route 3, was named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Mrs. Richard Nelson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jaime Ballesteros, 1331 S. Benson Blvd., is a surgical patient at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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