Sunday, 19 February 2017

Kaleidoscope

I was fortunate to buy one of Pam Palmer's books from e.bay a few years ago, this one is called Tatting Treats, however the only pattern I have tried so for is Kaleidoscope.  It rather reminds me of a stained glass window.
I have a few plans for this motif and hope it works out.  

My next blog post with be the 500th one and I have just had a quick look back over the years, it is amazing how much tatting I've done over that time. 

Thank you to all of you who have journeyed with me since then.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love of Beads Tatted Heart

Okay so it is Valentine's Day and what a perfect time to show you this poor heart that has spent over four years of it's life uncompleted hidden in the bag below.    I dragged it out last week just as I came down with a cold to end or colds.  So after a couple of days to recover, I picked up this ancient piece of tatting again and It is now finished!



The pattern is one of Martha Ess's and it was in her class at Tat Days in 2012 that I started it.   I can remember making a really bad start and from then on became very disinterested and disillusioned with the whole project.  


With the release from their prison, one shuttle has already gone missing, its obviously glad to be set free and both, when I find the other one, are going to be so useful for projects with lots of beads.   The little bag is so cute too.   

I now feel a massive sense of accomplishment!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Cherry Plum

Some more pop-a-bobbins have just been finished and are ready for their final testing.
Amongst them is this little beauty which I have now claimed as my own.  The wood is from a Cherry Plum tree.



I rarely take one out of the batch but could not resist the markings on this shuttle.  

We have had a lot of frosty mornings over the past month but no snow, well one or two flakes have fallen from the sky but if you blinked you would have missed them.




Here is a rather strange cobweb which I photographed about a week ago.  It was in a hedge outside my office.  It looks rather like a ghost, or may be lots of tangled tatting threads!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Four Bookmarks

I have had these Lizbeth variegated threads for many years now and can remember so well when I first saw them on the internet and was so thrilled especially as all the lovely colours seemed to jump out at me.   Sadly now that I am used to them there is not the same reaction and its often difficult to find a pattern that will show them up to the best advantage.  However, as I tat these bookmarks I can feel a bit of that old thrill coming back again.



Of course people who have never seen the threads or tatting before are usually very surprised at all the lovely colours.

There is one question that I wonder if any of you can answer, especially those who live in the USA. Do you know how these brands of threads acquired their name 'Lizbeth' could it be that they were named after someone called Elizabeth?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Button Brooches

Tatting these brooches is one of my favourite projects, because not only are they fun and use buttons and beads but also there is actually a demand for them, which means I don't have to stock pile as many as other things I make. 



I use Jane's pattern which can be found here, but do not put the extra dangle bit on as that would not fit the packaging I have for them.



Another great advantage is that I can make one in an evening whilst watching television  without having to follow a pattern, for it has become well memorised!  

Thursday, 19 January 2017

It is only a Tatting Book

Well you would think that most Tatting Books are not really worth getting excited about especially ones that were written a long time ago.  However, there is one book that seems to get everyone excited and I must admit it was on my list to buy one day if a copy ever became available.  The book is called 'A New Look in Tatting' written by E.A. Nicholls and published in 1959.  And so here is my very own copy.



I won it on e.bay last week, quite unexpectedly, yes that is the truth.  Six days prior to winning it I put a bid on the book, not knowing that Jane had also bid for it to bump the price up.  She knew it was a much sort after in the 'tatting world' and wanted it to go for a fair price.  But then for some reason I completely forgot about it didn't even go back to e.bay to see what was happening.  It was only when my husband shouts up to me from downstairs that mine was the highest bid and I had won something, that I remembered.   The description on e.bay said that there was possibly a page missing, but I am sure there isn't, it is in a very good condition, obviously a little wear and tear but at least the pages are intact.  These are two of the colour plates. 



They are so pretty and almost jump out of the page at you


Oh yes and how much did I pay?   £11.50.  I just can't believe my good fortune and know that the book is in grateful hands. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Troll Dolls

On first seeing the Troll Doll pattern in Martha's book I was immediately transported back to the 1980s, a time when Trolls were very much in fashion.  They seem to have made a bit of a come back since the film Trolls was made last year,  but not as much as in the past. The reason is possibly because there are so many others toys and characters to compete with these days and the film Frozen had a great following.  Here are my two troll dolls, they were such fun to make, thank you Martha.




I found these two trolls which are really pen tops, they must be at least 30 years old, I seem to remember they came free with breakfast cereal but not absolutely sure about that.





From searching on the internet the story is that Troll Dolls were originally created in 1959 by a Danish fisherman and woodcutter called Thomas Dam.   Dam could not afford a Christmas gift for his young daughter Lila and carved the doll from his imagination. Other children in the Danish town of Gjøl saw the troll doll and wanted one.   So from wood they have can now be made from thread, how clever is that?