Wednesday, 2 September 2015


I loved tatting this bookmark, one among few I know, that really ask for 3 shuttles to be tatted. Another one it is a beautiful snowflake designed by Teiko Fujito, lately tatted by Carollyn, you can see it in her blog:

This pattern is called "Dianna", by Mimi Dillman. It was very short with my size 80 thread, so I added some more flowers. Sorry Mrs Dillman, I hope you like it!

Thanks to her, when I found her photos in 2010 (here:, I learnt how to tat clunies.

Pattern is free:

Another reason to go with this pattern it is that I followed all posts by Muskaan about clunies and there was something that I wanted to try. In particular, I liked what she calls "One Small Step behind the scenes", I think it's effective in reducing the twist of the loop. I do a finger loom, then I pass the loom shuttle into the loop just after I finished the leaf.

What is coming next? An hint: look at the upper side of the picture, I needed a bookmark for that page... May you recognize the book? Layered rings emerge from time to time into old books.


Monday, 31 August 2015


This month I've been really distracted by edgings, but I love tatting them so it was an easy distraction. My personal challenge to tat a bookmark per month, this time must be achieved with a ready-to-go pattern, nothing original. A new brand pattern requires at least 2 weeks for me, 1 (or 2) fully dedicated to find the inspiration and to test tatting, one week to tat the final "thing".

Also, if thread is Lizbeth size 80, I would need an extra dose of patience!

I finished it, just in time with the end of this month!! Now it should be ironed and captured!


Friday, 28 August 2015

3rd row for Priscilla

That is the "detailed" instruction for the third round of the Priscilla's hanky:
"Like 2d row, except that the insertion is put outside the row of wheels."

That 3rd row is tatted outside the row of wheels, while the 2nd was entirely inside. The instructions for the 2nd row were a sort of joke, so I puzzled over it a little before finding a solution for the 3rd.
We tatters of the third millennium, we have the power of technology, phones with camera and great apps! I folded what I'd already done in half, then took a shot:

Then, here I am, at this point:

That is at page 12 of Priscilla Tatting Book #1 (1909), picture 30.


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

I do.

Pattern is from a booklet "Selezione Tricot - Il Chiacchierino", but a very similar one it is at page 8 of Priscilla Tatting Book #1, fig.24 "trimming".


Monday, 24 August 2015

aunt's recipe

Have you ever asked her a recipe? Aunt's cookies are delicious, pasta has that special taste, but when you ask the recipe you're like starting a no-sense chat. "Take a glass of milk" - which size, how much milk? - "Handful of flour" - obviously you must know what her hand looks like - "a spoon of sugar for each glass of milk"... I lost years to catch recipes from my Italian aunts, it seems they have got food scales only as decorative objects.

Priscilla, class 1909, I think she was a sweet aunt, in fact her directions for tatting are as clear as the aunt's way to pass recipes on!

It says fasten a 2nd row (that is the inner insertion of rings) of rings 4-2-2-2-2-2-2-5 ??? Unbalanced? What? OK, you know it needed some test tatting. Then you should tat 4 little detached flowers with 4 petals of 6-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-6, to be placed at corners. "Make a row of insertion all the way around and put flowers in corners". OK aunt, I'll do it.

I tried two versions, then I think that rings should be 4-2-2-2-2-2-4:

Thread is dmc size 100, pattern is from Priscilla Tatting Book #1, page 12, picture 30.

It wasn't difficult tatting the flower in the corner without cutting the thread, just leaving the sufficient bare thread.
Technology helped to find a good placement:


Saturday, 22 August 2015

quad_24 rescued

Thread is dmc size 70, pattern is a variation of quad_24, stitches' count is here:

I used the square flawed (can you spot it?), partially amended by Doctor Downplay, and took your advice to leave arms of the square not connected. It measures about 20 x 20 cm. It could be used as a rings' pillow but with something added in the center, I think, like some embroidery.

I copied from Priscilla's frame the solution used there, to connect all squares and half-squares together, with a final round of rings and chains.

We go often to the sanctuary of Saint Gabriel, near the Gran Sasso mountain. There is always a lot of people there, at any time of the year, but mostly busy during august, when a lot come from outside Italy, too, visiting relatives.

On the 2nd of march 2014 it was inaugurated a new big bronze door (by Paolo Annibali sculptor). It is 4 x 5 meters and they say that its weight is 6000 kilograms! There is a website for the sanctuary, but it's in italian:

"Porta degli emigrati" - door of emigrants

Thursday, 20 August 2015


I'm going to tat 4 little motifs for corners, as it is now it looks quite unfinished, isn't it?