Tuesday, 20 February 2018

a little heart

Today only a little heart, but so pretty! Thank you Muskaan!

I've used DMC size 80 thread. I'm not fully satisfied, I should tat a second one!
She wrote about it here:
Sorry Muskaan, I've tatted the "dimple" with 6 ds instead of 7.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

quite a story

I've been knotting, tons of simple knots not flipped, not the same knot we use in tatting. That is my feeling, it is a different knot, even if I discovered that the shuttle is very useful to hold the thread. So the same or similar tool, the shuttle, but also the movement is different, now I have my right hand a little cramped and the left wrist tired... I'll soon be back tatting!

I've used three moulinè stranded embroidery skeins, wound together.

There's a site that has very useful infos about knotting, it's a great help for anybody who'd like dipping their toe in the water:

Then I've googled in search of pictures, but couldn't find any that really I liked, so I drawn 2 flowers and now here it is on the fabric:

About the fabric, there is quite a story to tell: it is pure cotton (I think) and I was told that it was from a parachute, picked up after the second war by my granny and her mother in law, cleaned and reused for clothes, sheets and tablecloths.


Tuesday, 6 February 2018


These beads are intriguing...
They are Czech ZoliDuo® (Two Hole Pressed Paisley/Comma shape Beads) ~5mmx8mm beads.
I really wonder where the name zoliduo come from.

I bought one left and one right pack, there were 30 beads per pack, I could tat two bracelets but one is shorter, that is my fault because I started with a shuttle already loaded and the thread was a leftover from a previous project...

It's a challenge to load those beads in the correct order!
This was only my first experiment, I like this shape a lot and I can't wait to have some packets more, but at present I don't know when I'll buy those again.

Purple thread was an old purchase in a fair, it is a 100% polyester. The seller (if I'm right) was "Le gemme creation isola d'Ischia" that has a page in facebook:

While I'm waiting to have more "paisley" beads, I've started another project, that is because the local association of lace is going to hold an exhibition that will be open for 10 days next month, there will be samples from '600 and '700. I hope to have something - very little - done in one month!

That is "knotting", there's a thread in Craftree about it, here it is the link:
What is going to be? A framed picture with a paisley?

A curiosity for you: in Italian we call paisley "motivo cachemire", the word cachemire alone indicates the fiber, from the Kashmir.


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

some tea?

The little doily turned out to be very big for the table, do you remember?
However the tea is on if you would like some, I set the table with a linen trimmed with tatting, something I tatted years ago, there's a picture in Flickr, in the set of pictures for the "25 motif challenge" (link is here:

Have you spotted how I made the biscuits?

The studio tent is a xmas' gift from my brother, it is perfect for little things!

I also spoiled myself with tatting books from ebay and amazon, I could buy the third Italian magazine by Mani di Fata (published in 1967) and two books in English, "Tatting: Contemporary Art of Knotting with a Shuttle"by Rhoda Auld, and "A New Twist on Tatting: More Than 100 Glorious Designs" by C.Austin.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

full stop

I put a video in YouTube to show how I've been tatting the little squares for the international project started by Cathy de Greef ( "Tat a Brussels’ monument in pink": ).
If you like, here is the link:

I tatted and mailed 101 squares. I put my full stop.
My squares have just started their journey.
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

The beautiful postcard with the butterfly is from the original handmade painting by Barbara, her shop is here:


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.