Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year

Blogging ceased for me during December, party due to the fact that I spent 9 days in Singapore and then on returning Christmas rushed in.  This left me with little time or inclination to do much tatting let alone blog about it.   But on Christmas Day I tatted these stars to go around sloe gin bottles for my son to give away.  Well perhaps not these particular bottles as they don't seem very full for some reason!

The photograph is not very good either as it was late evening and the light and angle did not show them up very well.  It is a tradition in our family to bottle the sloe gin on Christmas day after the sloes had been soaking in the gin for three months. 

I am not doing any tatting at the moment as decorating and sorting out is in full swing in our house, added to fact that most of my supplies are trapped behind things!  Also I have literally run out of ideas of what to tat, so wait for inspiration at the beginning of 2018, may have to look at other blogs to get inspired!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Tatting Gifts

I have two sons and so they are not really interested in tatting, in fact sometimes they will poke fun at it.  However, recently I was asked my by youngest if I had any Christmas tatting as he wanted to take some over to his colleagues in Singapore.  I was thrilled and dug out all my Christmas tatting, some bits have been around for many years.  Anyway he choose what he wanted, took them home and then purchased some boxes and placed them inside.

This is the photograph he sent me today.  Each box contains two Christmas baubles (patterns on the side of my blog) and other Christmas ornaments.   It will be interesting to hear what they think of their gift boxes full of tatting!

Thursday, 16 November 2017


I have in my stash over 20 pairs of earrings in various designs, occasionally I give them away and they also end up at one Christmas Market a year. However, it seems so sad that most of the time they never see the light of day.  I myself do not wear them as they are all for pierced ears.  So to vary my stock a little for this year's Christmas stall I made some different ones, here are two pairs.   I also intend to package them in individual boxes, will show you when that is done.

Actually I really should make a pair for myself with clip on findings so that I can wear them and show people what they look like.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pop-a-bobbin shuttles for sale

As Christmas is on the horizon and before the weather became too cold to work in the garage, more shuttles were made and have been transported to Jane,  some have been sold but the rest will be in her Etsy shop in the next few days.  Here is her blog 

This is a picture of a Tulip Wood shuttle placed on top of a tree.  The tree has birds in it made from different woods, one of which is of course Tulip Wood.

The full list of woods left to right clockwise are, beech, Yellow heart, Pink Ivory, Purple heart, Bocote, Snakewood, Tulip, Ebony, Sycamore and Ash.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Charity Shop Shuttles

About once a year I am lucky enough to pick up some tatting shuttles from the Red Cross Charity Shop in a town 3 miles from where I live.    I try never to miss visiting this shop, it is in an old building, not very big and you have to go right to the back where the haberdashery bits are tucked away. It is amazing what other bits and pieces I have picked up in the past from the shop.

Here is a picture of everything packaged or put neatly in baskets

Oh and the amazing thing is the shuttles were only 50p each!  Probably because no one knows what they are for.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Displaying Bracelets

I am sure that I have said this before, tatting is so difficult to display and therefore I am always trying to find new ways of attracting people to look at it when I have a stall. At the same time is is necessary to give customers an opportunity to handle the goods and look at the workmanship. 
This is the latest addition to my display stands.

I am not sure it is going to work but will give it a try next month.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Not Tatting!

I have not picked up a tatting shuttle for over a fortnight now as I've been crocheting these Lego tissue box holders for a Christmas Market.  I do hope they sell as really value my time and hope it has not been wasted, especially giving up other crafts for them.

I am aiming to make at least a dozen, but finding that just 8 of them are taking up so much room.  So used to tatting which can be put into the smallest space.