Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Bit of Color

 I felt like a bit of color after tatting so many snowflakes, so I pulled out my Lizbeth Sky Blue thread and tatted up a shuttle's worth.

The first one is Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts, which I haven't tatted in a long time. I thought I was done tatting hearts but I recently found an old one in my box of tatted bits and pieces and remembered how beautiful it is. Second here is A Star For Marguerite from Jennifer Williams. Just found this pattern and I really like it. Quick and pretty.

BUT I'm definitely addicted to snowflakes and I couldn't resist turning that star into a snowflake. The original is a little cleaner and better but overall I thought it looked pretty good modified. I'd tat either version again. 

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Posies of Snow


I just discovered Nicola Bowersox's Posy Ice Drop pattern and I love it as a snowflake. Astute minds will notice that this is not an Ice Drop. I wanted a plain snowflake, so I left out the ice drop part and it works well without it. There is also an optional outer round that I opted not to do. The outer round version is quite pretty also and I might tat it in the future. But this look is the one I'm slightly obsessed with at the moment. I tatted two in quick succession and I'm not sure that I'm done tatting this version yet either. It's very quick and satisfying to work up.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Still Here, Still Tatting

 Despite how long it's been since I posted anything here, I've been tatting along. Here's a couple of snowflakes from last week: 

Yes, it's so hot that I've been living in tank tops and shorts for two months. No, apparently that doesn't keep me from wanting to tat snowflakes. Snowflakes are definitely my favorite type of tatting design. There's something about their symmetry that is very satisfying. The fact that I can complete a whole piece in a few days and get the endorphins from a finished piece without even having to sew the ends in doesn't hurt either.

The big snowflake is Frivole's Astrila, whose pattern I got for a birthday present last year. The little snowflake is Muskaan's Frost Flower. It's very simple and so cute. I'm definitely whipping up a few more of these soon. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Spot the Slip

Here's my first snowflake of the season! Unfortunately I slipped-up at the very beginning of the pattern and didn't notice till I was a full spike past the error. See if you can find the mistake! The nice thing about tatting is usually only the tatter can find the imperfections....

The pattern is Frivole's excellent Snowdrop, and it was very fun to tat, as well as looking beautifully snowflake-like when finished. I've already started a second one.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

First Fair - Sort of.

When I was little I made a salt clay on plywood map of Egypt during homeschool and entered it in my state fair. I remember winning a few blue ribbons and one Champion ribbon for similar projects, though I don't remember which ones I won them for. Despite these early positive memories of fairs, I hadn't entered anything in one since I was about 8. This year I finally changed that!

I wanted to enter the doily I am currently working on but was only about 2/3rds done by the time the entry deadline came around. So, deciding to save that for next year, I went through my overflowing tin of small motifs and tried to determine which ones I had completed in the past year and which fair categories they fit. Here's what I came up with, on display during the fair:

As you can see they both won blues. It was nice to hear that the ribbons are awarded based on objective quality of the work, not just on comparative quality. I'm pretty sure that there were no other pieces entered in these two categories, which were both specifically for tatting, so comparative quality wouldn't have told me much about my work. 
Here's the bookmark up close. This comes from an antique edging design that I love. I figured out how to turn it into a cross, coming up with adaptions to turn the corners both on the ends of each arm and in the center. This is one of my few forays into design and I was ridiculously proud of myself afterwards.

And for the Holiday category I tatted one of Frivole's beautiful snowflakes. This is Regal, with one small adaption -- I substituted small rings for the beads. 

Finally, here's a shot of what I spent most of my time at the fair doing: 

My square dance club has a great deal with the fair organizers. We square dance every night of the fair and square dancers wearing their badges and square dance attire can get in free to the fair! So I go every day of the fair. Check out the floor we are dancing on. That is about 20 eight foot square wooden pieces, cunningly fitted together by slots. It all comes apart and stores on a trailer. We set it up and take it down every year, and boy is it an operation. It takes ropes, sledgehammers, and a lot of muscle. But it's worth it.

Next year at the fair: Square dancing and a Jan Stawasz doily!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


For once what I have to say is not about me and my tatting, but about other tatters. This weekend I went to a square dance festival. Square dances are organized in 'tips' with breaks in between. Usually during the breaks there is round dancing, which is somewhat related to square dancing but not the same. I don't round dance, so I pulled out my tatting during these breaks, which sparked several conversations with interested observers. One of these was a gentleman who had learned to tat himself a year or two ago. He told me about the projects he had completed, including the WIP that did him in. Unfortunately he hasn't tatted for months because he is stuck on a confusing diagram. It was great to meet someone else interested enough in the craft to have taught himself, and I can only hope he gets unstuck soon.

The other tatter I want to talk about is not someone I met but someone I read about in this article. She has been tatting for NINETY-THREE YEARS. Ninety-three years. Ninety-three years. Can you imagine? It's amazing.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bright and Cheery

I tatted four or five hearts this Valentine's Day, but they are all as yet unphotographed. They were enjoyable, but as the cloudy skies cleared up to bright sun and crisp winds this week, my mood turned to BRIGHT BOLD SPRING. I couldn't wait to get the heart thread off my shuttles so I could put this cheery crazy color combination on. It's not at all something I would normally choose, but it's making me happy right now.