Sunday, 5 July 2015

the chicken and the egg

Last summer I received a vintage collar tatted with a silk thread, which had belonged to one of my many aunts for decades, tatted probably between the two wars. I've been so happy to share the pattern and tat it again to grasp old hidden tatting secrets, the way the old tatter choose to cope with rings and chains. It could have been original or may be not, I don't know, but the pattern actually it is simple, fast and attractive.

The story.

I've still browsed Pinterest, even if I don't rather pin.

There're more and more broken links but a lot of inspirational artworks. Following active links, I've discovered a discrete amount of copied books, a pity, but at least in one case I'd like to share a positive feedback: I got to know via Pinterest the existence of a book by a Czech lady, "Frivolitky" by Milena Tomkova published in 2003, 70 pages. In one page, pinned by someone, I found the same pattern of the collar. Of course I rushed to look through all pages and it's a lovely book, with many motifs' patterns, it would be worth to buy even I can't read czech. I googled it but I couldn't learn if it's available.

Considering that it can't be assumed that the collar's pattern was original, nor I can say if the book is a collection of vintage patterns, neither someone could know if their grandmother born first than the one who tatted the collar... I don't know if it's fair to leave the pattern in this blog or not. What do you think? Is it a silly question, like the chicken and the egg? What should I do?

I've very little tatting and sewing to show, no progress on Anne Orr's doily, no ideas for a bookmark for july... Small coin/shuttle purses that I've sewn for a lacemakers' meeting, it will be held next weekend in my city. I've played with rings vertically curled, too.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

solution or pollution?

Hand-made tatting pollution, I mean, with a massive help by scissors - but eventually the solution came...

I loved Muskaan's saga on curled rings: every curled ring alternative has been unfolded (part of which ignored by the designer herself) and intriguing hypothesis rolled out.

She mentioned that a curled ring must be sized to be curled, she's right, in fact a ring smaller than 20ds it'd be difficult to fold. But the "why-not" question, about how to curl little 6-6 rings, was intriguing.

I've played around little rings without a clear direction or pattern in mind, it seemed they were really too little to be folded.

And the "what-if" actually came from tatting with beads, how they can be placed in the thread round the hand and trapped at the base of a ring.

A lot of trials and errors this time! But if at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Even Lizbeth teased me! They 've made a weaver's knot in one strand... (thread is size 80, Lizbeth colour 122 and yellow dmc colour 744) Sigh! Anyway it's a tatting game, I love it.

I only have to hide and cut ends and it's finished.

So, I'm happy with my new bookmark-of-the-month and with the 3D curled effect too. What can I do, I can't help producing tatting pollution...


P.S. I tested my new celtic tatting shuttles but it's been wasted more of size 80 thread. The thin shuttle is not so thin to pass even through a 32ds ring. It asked for a second attempt with thicker thread. Solution or pollution again?

Thursday, 18 June 2015


You wouldn't say because of the tiny thread, but it's a glutton! It overate two balls of dmc Special Dentelle size 80, colour number 3033 (it's a light mocha), then, not full, some of same size and brand, colour number 754 (a pink hue) and all remaining bit of a green hue, colour number 3052.

These are some missing picots, missing ds, missing mind...

And here it is the Morimoto's last round, still not full of thread, it wanted more of it for the last 3 repetitions but I made do with what I had. Not enough to complete the round. What a lovely justification to go shopping!

But in the meanwhile, Dr. Downplay had a brilliant idea, in that way nobody will ever know our "terrible" secret!!
The doily is quite big as the mystery doily (that was tatted with thread size 40) and it's lovely, I really like how it turned out! Thank you Tomoko Morimoto (the designer)!

I bought a "virtual" version of her book, anyway Google still didn't persuade me that I own a copy because I can only access it when I'm connected to the web. Two days ago, I hadn't connection for unknown reasons, nor I could read the book :(
There're advantages too: no dust on it, more space in the shelf, zoom on text and images (that's a wonderful thing when you start having sight problems)!

This is a link to find her book in Google Play Books: New Tatting : Modern Lace Motifs and Projects


Thursday, 11 June 2015

better late than never

Only 3 flowers more and I'll finish this round. Then there are 2 rounds of chains and it will be done.

But I'm absolutely unsatisfied with the closure, too bulcky... Ahh! Mr. Meticulous! Go away!!

I remember that Edda Guastalla once showed in facebook her method to add the second colour at the start. I usually follow Jane Eborall's method (2nd thread added at the base of the ring, without knots), anyway I thought that Edda's way could have been used to refine the join at the end, instead of being used at the start. She leaves a loop at the start where she inserts the second thread.

I've tatted the flower stand alone as much as possible, then, after 6 petals (and one hour!! I was fast this time) it's time to attach it to the biggie.

I've been using the suspended chain method to hide the core thread. Then I have a loop that it's  being inserted in the starting left loop. Blocked the SSSCH with the ball thread, then I pulled first the core thread then the starting loop. I left a long tail to the ball thread because I sewed it on the back.

I'm a little happier now. I've learned a bit more with this doily.

Have you seen? I've learned FS/BS tatting, too! Better late than never!


Monday, 8 June 2015

Mr Meticulous and Dr. Downplay

It seems that I'm going to complete my WIPs from the last started to the first. I've finished the "forget-me-not" doily and I went back to the second started one. The first started, the centerpiece by Anne Orr, is still waiting the thread, but a bird told me that Lizbeth size 80 arrived in Italy and took me 3 balls too, col. 154, 184 and 122! (bird's name is Maria, thank you dear!) Unfortunately, still without the col. 131...

But something worryingly happened with Morimoto's doily.

In the late hours of one night, Mr Meticulous cried with horror and fainted as soon as he looked at the missed picot. Tragically, the doily let him put itself in a box.

Under the cheerful sunlight of the next day, Dr. Downplay couldn't find anything wrong and merrily added some flowers...

Dr. Downplay

Friday, 29 May 2015

trapped in repetitions

But not the same repetition, of course! One of this, one of that...

In the picture you can't see 2 doilies hidden in a pochette but you see the other one in the plastic sack, last rounds are being the same repetition again and again, but I can't wait to see the final look.

Then there's the edging for Giulia, she asked 2 meters to trim a traditional costume with, it would have been rough and ready, so I used a Cebelia size 10. Pattern is from "A tatter's workbook" by A.Tatter. I discovered that my tiny shuttles can load thread for only 10cm of that edging, I needed to buy the Starlit, that compared with them, it looks like a giant!

Then there's a distraction, a beaded bracelet that really it is just a matter of repetitions. I'm happy with it, but I don't know if I'll ever do another one.

I bought the Starlit on last saturday, and received as a gift those celtic shuttles, upper side of the picture. (Would you like to suggest a pattern or should I put the fun off until the next bookmark?)

I was enjoying a lace makers meeting, one hour from where I live. I admired an absolutely amazing exposition of laces from different parts of Italy, needle laces, bobbin laces and netting. There are some photos of the event in facebook (held in Zagarolo near Rome). As example, here it is a piece of needle lace from Burano, near Venice, it was done by a very talented lady, Angela Coggiatti, that lived from 1895 to 1982. (Sorry for the pic it's not very clear but the lace was behind a glass)

That's me (the chubby one on the left, but I also had a bag under the jacket!) and my friend Bibiana:


Friday, 22 May 2015

mediterranean tatting diet

A lot of fresh vegetables, flowers and fruits. It's healthy, enjoyable and relaxing.

That's splitted, folded, curled, rolled, encapsulated and tatted up. Now I'd better finish my 3 WIPs!

Thread dmc size 80. Split rings, folded rings, curled rings, S-chain.