Did I need to buy another tatting book? No! Did I need another tatting video? No! Am I glad I purchased this one? Yes!
If you know anyone who is interested in learning to tat, I highly recommend this book/dvd combo. I just finished watching the entire dvd. It has about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours of instruction (I took a few phone calls, so I'm not exactly sure how long it is). The video picture is clear and the instructions are easy to follow. Janette's voice is soothing, which is important to someone like me who can become easily frazzled! Janette refers to the kit. I did not purchase a kit, just the book with dvd. If you choose to purchase this book for a new tatter, be sure to include 2 Clover tatting shuttles, 2 colors of size 5 crochet cotton, and 2 colors of size 10 crochet cotton. These supplies will allow the new tatter to follow Janette's instructions exactly.
The book includes written instructions and photos from all 9 classes presented on the dvd, followed by 9 projects ranging from beginning to intermediate. At the back of the book, there's a stitch guide for easy reference. I was pleased to see clear instructions (both book and dvd) for split rings, split chains, and front side tatting, including an explanation of the reasons for using these techniques.
How did I find this gem? My friend Denise saw it in her Annie's Attic catalog, and called to let me know about it. I almost didn't order it, but I'm glad I did. I'm not sure where to purchase the kit. I did a quick Google search and saw that this book is available from Lacis. I'm sure there are many other vendors carrying the book/dvd and possibly the kit. I paid about $20 with shipping and handling... what a deal!
I'm a retired elementary computer teacher/librarian, mother to four, grandmother to seven. I love lace. I love books. I love to collect. Now that I'm retired, I know I'll never be bored because I have so many interests, as well as the goodies I need to indulge my whims!