Monday, 27 October 2014

100 posts! - WIP and attach tatting to fabric

I can't believe this is the hundredth post! I should say that without all your kind comments I'd have stopped soon! Thank you very much for your priceless support!

The African doily is already at its second last row, you see that I'm still dithering between yellow and pink, but in this moment I like both so probably I'll keep on tatting one another colour.

Dianire, in a previous post, asked how I attach tatting to fabric. Of course it depends on which kind of fabric, on the design, if it's an insertion or an edging. 

You can find a lot on the net, I've "googled": "attach tatting to fabric" and I obtained 55.400 results! There's also a thread on InTatters.
I like suggesting you to read at least these 3 links:

I prefer two methods, the hidden stitches and the button-hole stitch.

In order to prepare a piece of linen fabric, for example, I take out one strand from the fabric with a pin, about 1cm from the border; then I fold the fabric 2 times and tack it in position, Then I sew the hem with the same thread that I used for tatting or one similar to the fabric - I usually sew a single hem stitch ("orlo a giorno semplice"). See also

Ah! Have you seen the news about the mystery doily? It's no more a mistery, the designer is Dr. CeSea Lawson. Read Georgia Seitz's article here: (ooops! soon as it will be available again!)


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

never say never

I was wrong, my flowers fit perfectly side by side. The shoehorn lies unused...

Jane made a post while she was tatting this row of flowers:

In that post there's another close view that shows how she joined flowers together. I think it's working very good, even I didn't block it yet.

Do you see the twisted picot? Well, there's no way you can convice me to untat it.


Sunday, 19 October 2014


I'm currently looking for a shoehorn to fit the third motif in the right place.

Probably my tatting is too much tight.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Under an African sky WIP update

Jane's blog is, she designed this beautiful doily. Uhm, should I re-tat round 5 in another colour?


Monday, 13 October 2014

Tour de force

I haven't tatted for two days, that's because I attended a class of Sardinian Bosa filet lace, a type of embroidery on a handmade net. We were a big group, about 20 people; 3 teachers came from Bosa for the weekend, carrying all what we'd have needed: threads, needles, frames.

It's been very engaging and demanding from the beginning, but I reassured myself when the teacher explained how they start with a node they call "attacco" in Italian, that means attachment/join. I had just recognized a familiar ds!

Time flew, we had a wonderful weekend together, teachers (Vittoria, Mimma and Lourdes) are so nice people, others in the group are all people belonging to our local association. At the end, tired but happy, we took a photo to be shared with friends!

(An update, to add a link to a lovely video, "giovanna ledda lacemaker in bosa", a 92 years old lacemaker: )

Postscript: if you download a photo from any place in internet and put it on facebook, the photos are uploaded to the domain Then the photo becomes a copy and the original site link is lost. So, please take always a note of the original source too, we all want to share eyecandies on pinterest, but the original link should be protected. Sorry to say this, but I've found too many broken links on pinterest that I'm sad now and I think to leave it.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

design by Jane McLellan

Two rounds of one doily designed by Jane McLellan (

She's a talented designer. Have you ever used a lark's head join? Now I can say that I used it 8 times in my life!

I'm still fighting with a  conical helix...


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Jane's doily started!

Threads are green dmc size 80 and multicoloured Perfect Quilter.

One little flower is ready in half an hour!

Two things are to be done with great concentration: closing scmr with similar tension and keeping the wheel direction. I closed SCMRs with a locked shuttle join and followed Jane's photos to have all SCMRs' intersections with second scmr over the previous.