Sunday 27 March 2016

Easter Chick

I had found this pattern a few years ago and ran across it again this weekend and it called to me.  This was so much fun to make even though the pattern was in polish and at times I was moving backwards more that frontwards.  It called for a comb on the top and was to be a rooster but it seemed more like a chick to me. 

Here is a link to the pattern. If you have any questions I can help you out. I completed this in Omega thread size 30 and the chick is just shy of 2 inches tall. 

I've put a little cotton ball in the head to keep it round.  Black beads for eyes are put on at the picot join and bugle beads added for a beak after tatting. 

I found it a bit difficult to take a good picture of 3D tatting and would welcome any suggestions. 

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Just for Ewe

It has been a tough few weeks but I am finally back to doing some tatting.  I got struck by a cold virus that knocked me out for a few weeks. I ran across this little ewe and had to tat it up. The free pattern can be found on the patterns page here.

I did this in Lizbeth 20 Snow White and it measures three inches across.  I think it would be a great addition on a card.

Friday 4 March 2016

Easter Egg

I share with you a lovely tatted Easter Egg I received in the mail today with a Thank You card.  The tatting traveled from as small town near Copenhagen, Denmark. It has Celtic knot as a yolk in the center, how cute is that.

PS: This is my 100th blog post. Wow I really didn't think I had that much to say.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Vintage Doily Mystery SOLVED!

One of my sisters sent me a package which she said was some crochet cotton she had cleaned out of her Mother in law's linen closet.  Inside the box were some lovely vintage tatting threads along with these bits of tatting.  I have been able to identify the two doilies and found a reference to the edging.

Coincidentally both doilies can be found in the same pamphlet. Coats and Clark's Book No. 111 Priscilla Doilies to Crochet, Knit and Tat.  The top Doily is called Christmas Star but I love the dimpled rings in the center making a four leafed clover, there are many other dimpled rings/hearts on this doily. Although I have never made a dimpled ring I think this would be a lovely doily to tat.

The second doily is larger and I believe needle tatted.  Certainly not tatted by the same person, it has many broken threads so I have not fully blocked.  It is called Flower Frost and the picture in the book is nothing like the sample I have. The chains in the doily I have are just too loose. 

Finally we come to the edging.  There are 58 of these clover/heart shaped motifs all joined together in a line. I've seen this pattern many times, sometimes tatted as a heart.  I ran across a copy in   Hees, Marie Antoinette. Old and New Designs in Tatting, Book No. 5,   I thought I could wash and starch the edgings and make some lovely tatting brooches. What do you think?

There were also two of those jewlery bags with inside pockets I've seen other tatters use. I think my tatting will have a new home.