This book is a visual delight. It's also a ray of hope.
I've often thought that many of the needle arts, particularly the lace making types, have gone out of fashion simply because we have so little use for them any more. Furthermore, not many people appreciate the sophistication of technique and time that is required to produce them. Ms Morton's book definitely shows that notion to the door.She also shows where the needle arts are really headed these days. When you read a book like hers, you see that it isn't the art itself that's "tired" or "useless" but the way we use them.
If you're looking for an imaginative way to use tatted motifs, I'd check out Tatting Patterns by Lyn Morton. The book illustrates designs that even the beginning tatter can do, including simple daisy chains and designs for snowflakes. The author also uses a wonderful palate of colors that liven up her patterns and show that tatting needn't be grandma's ecru table cloth or white doilies. Here too are a variety of suggestions for cards, jewelry, wall and window hangings. For those of you interested in beading, she also includes designs with beading included in the motif.
Truly a joy.