Sunday, 14 April 2013

Gifts across the counter (Motifs #1, #2 and #3)

Working as I do in a retail food outlet in our small country town, I often talk to my customers about my tatting.  Before christmas when I was wearing my snowflake earings, one of my older couples, told me how his mother used to tat.  Yesterday when I went to work there, waiting for me was an old tatting book that belonged to his mother.  So I am now the proud owner of this little gem.

Gift from Glen and Margaret Muller, belonged to Glen's mother Vera

I believe the book is likely from the 1930's or 1940's going by the style of pattern in the book.  They are very similar to the pattern of the Lace Mat that Jon rewrote.

I also recieved from Jon her Elegant Tatting Gems  for my Lace mat being placed in the top 5 when she held her poll.  I have tatted 3 of the motifs, Galuh (in which I miscounted the outer rings), Baiduri and Kencana.  I have used a HDT from Jess at Tat-ilicious called Just Jonquil which she dyed last year when she asked for colour palattes.

Galuh, Baiduri and Kencana 

I am still teaching Alison to tat and will have a post to show her progress soon.
Happy Tatting.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

12 Hearts (motifs #21 to #25)

During the last 12 months I have been tatting all 12 hearts from Tatting Hearts by Teri Dusenbury for a special project.  I have finally finished them, and will count them as the final five in my second 25 motifs challenge.
While tatting the hearts I found an easier method for doing the half daisy's on several of the patterns.  Instead of adding the third shuttle thread I used a SSSR (single shuttle split ring) to carry the thread to the otherside, then tatted the petals of the flowers.  This makes the patterns so much easier to do.
 I found the hearts challenging but satisfying to do and am proud that I have completed all of them.

motifs 21 to 25
12 Hearts from Tatting Hearts by Teri Dusenbury
in Milford 2 ply Satin ombre Red