WorkBasket Magazine

For a number of years, the Workbasket magazine, that little publication packed with great ideas for crafting, cooking and general household helps, was one of the better places to get tatting patterns.  Each issue had at least one tatting pattern and often there were two, either one of which could be either an edging or a motif, a doily or a table runner.  The magazine started out as “Aunt Martha’s Workbasket, Home and Needlecraft for fun & Profit” and was the brain child of Clara Tillotson when her husband lost his job during the Great Depression.   The first issue was published on newsprint in October, 1935.    In 1990, the Tillotsons sold the company to John C. and Carol A Precich who changed the name to KC Publishing, Inc.  For several years they continued to publish the Workbasket until 1996.  Sometime after that, they began to publish individual books on specific crafts, full of patterns.  Among them were the Quick & Easy Series, this one having been actually written by Selma & Ed Morin.  Inside the edition on Needle tatting was a pattern for a tatted basket.  Member Leigh Jones undertook this project while Fran was working on her tatted Easter Eggs.  The end product was amazing!  Not only was it beautiful, but it pointed us as a group toward the concept of three dimensional projects.


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