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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

how to sweep in the project

 This necklace is the elegant contribution by Silvia Passaquieti to the Endrucks’ project. 

She was among the very first tatters who enthusiastically joined us last year, and she entered the project in such an elegant manner. She chose the pattern number 13 in the book. Her tatting and beautiful diagram arrived fast, about the first half of Nov 2020, only few days after we asked help in the Italian facebook group (“Chiacchierino: Filo Amore e Fantasia”).

In the above pic, the multicoloured sample was her first attempt. She tatted it with shuttle and ball (we won’t tell that to Eleonore!), but the pattern doesn’t - strictly - call for a second shuttle. Also in the original pattern, the shuttle in hand is always the same. This is an exception among Endrucks’ patterns (after a quick search, I noticed that only #13, #38 and #42 have the “shuttle 1” symbol alone), in fact here it is what Muskaan wants to add:

When Ninetta sent me this draft, I was stumped by the fact that this was tatted using shuttle and ball instead of 2 shuttles …. aren’t those 2 thrown/floating rings in the center? On close inspection, turns out they are normal rings and the chain pairs on either side are facing each other! And Silvia’s perfect tatting enhances the effect. Learning from each and every project/pattern is marvellous and continuous.

This is the direct link to the pattern reworked and diagrammed by Silvia Passaquieti:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qZ0BsgjQ81es0J7G1FI3mng3xwjjeHOT/view

I like the path that led Silvia from the upper rings to the bottom, in fact she warns us about the sequence, it is very interesting. Although I think that other paths were possible, I like it and the result is what matters. Endrucks taught us that we can tat anything we like, following the path we like, we need only the thread and the shuttle… or the needle. 

Silvia also tats with the needle, and she’s very skilled because you can’t say if her lace has been shuttle or needle tatted. 

She lives in Umbria (that is a region in the middle of Italy, you might remember this area for the series of earthquakes in 2016) and lately I’ve seen one of her fb posts, where she was at a fair wearing a traditional folk costume. She often shows us her tatting displays at local fairs. Also, she has an Etsy shop and a facebook page with her own designs.

Silvia Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TatFantasy/
Silvia’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/it/shop/Tatfantasy
She also has a YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCavGdkHEmTsyOfMCmN4hc4A  

I remember that in our Fb group she posted about how she started tatting: her mum loved tatted lace though she didn’t learn how to tat. But she passed the love to her daughter, Silvia, who, few years ago (4 or 5) started self-learning. I remember it because it is very similar to my personal story, many years before though!

In Silvia’s page you find her words: "Dall'incontro di un filo e di un'idea nascono piccoli gioielli" -
That means: “Small jewels arise from the encounter between the thread and an idea”.

Muskaan and I are very grateful to Silvia for her prompt help. We would love to see more tatting from her from the book, wishing her to sweep kilometres of threads and never sweep out ideas.

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For Silvia, and for you all, talented tatters in search of inspiration, there’s still a lot waiting to be discovered in this booklet. Quoting Eleonore Endrucks:

“My book shows you the way out of the eternal monotony of all tatted lace so far. Tatted lace is eternally modifiable and will adapt to any style […] It is a great fortune to create something beautiful with simple means, I hope that my book will give you the key to this happiness.”

It’s wonderful that Simone Beyer translated for us the non-pattern pages from the German to the English, so that, after one century, we can enjoy Eleonore’s own words, shared in this document:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-LzBnvzj7azCWLXJACSvcNHegXfP4fv_/view
And thanks to Anna Tedesco, who helped me, we are happy to share the Italian translation as well:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/17R1LYneE2KDTWVOTjzv4yfsQ6oPizR8t/view

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in and enjoy the modern-style pdfs that have been uploaded! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it for your pics to show up in a search. (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/endrucks1920project)

We have a Facebook Group (please read the group’s description and rules before asking to join) – “Endrucks 1920 Project”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235560633606162   

We all enjoy sharing and experimenting and the group is waiting for you! 

All info and links (original and modern) are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

Remember there are many more modernised patterns, derived and extracted patterns/ideas, already listed in the project document, with more still to come! So, do visit and scroll through.

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Ciao,
Ninetta and Muskaan

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Long-standing experience

 The Endrucks’ 1920 Project, in one year, has seen the enthusiastic participation of tatters with new experience and tatters with many years of tatting behind them. It has been a great adventure for all of us, everyone learned something new from Frau Eleonore.

In this post I’m honored to host pictures by a long-term experienced tatter, Paola Emilia Rotuletti. She’s been tatting nearly 50 years. If there’s a chance for you to visit our Italian Fb group (“Chiacchierino: filo, amore e fantasia”), you’ll find that she is one of our most active members! She doesn’t share her tatting in her own profile, but often enriches our group with her eye candies!

She joined the project in mid-July, and chose the pattern n.42, a doily that came back again after being adopted at the end of last year.
Then, in less than one month, she sent us at least 3 versions of the doily (and many stepwise pictures).


(Have you noticed? Paola and I love the same type of shuttles!)
She has not tatted in one pass, but I can’t make out where she ended her rounds as the ends are so well hidden. That is part of what “experience” means.

She’s another “volunteer” who learned how to write patterns, in fact she had never written a pattern before this one. I am very happy for that. I included her Italian text in the document. I’m so proud that many Italian tatters joined this project! 

This is the direct link to the reworked pattern’s document:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NgPuAzM83cjVoWvzFaiAIp7UDbuueBB0/view

This is a doily that can be tatted in one pass, using split rings and split chains, but in the original version, there were extra chains to climb out each round. If you would like learning a little more about Endrucks' old method, there is an interesting post shared by Muskaan (https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/07/continuous-paths.html )

Paola Emilia told me that she is a teacher, and shared with me her wise motto:

il mio motto é si studia sempre perché se non lo si fa si commette l'errore più grande🥰 “

That means: “my motto is to never stop studying, as one would make the biggest mistake ever”.
Muskaan and I fully agree! Thank you very much, Paola Emilia, for having put at work for us your long tatting experience, wisdom, and enthusiasm!
Also, Muskaan wants to remember how she (virtually) met her, as a nice anecdote:

I first ‘recognised’ Paola when she participated in a group event and not only tatted my Block Heart but displayed them spectacularly on mugs! She was eager for my reaction to this doily as well and I enjoyed our brief conversation. She is such a sweet lady.
What I noticed was her thrown rings in round 4! She tatted a normal ring and then folded it up to simulate a thrown/floating ring! Obviously, it broke the chain but also gave the entire center a more organic/natural rose flower look! I had never seen this before though Ninetta told me many Italian tatters do it similarly. It led to the ready reckoner for Thrown/Floating Ring methods and I termed this particular method Thrown Flipped Up Ring.
https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/08/thrown-floating-and-8-rings.html
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PhXhtq9K-WiUbys0dwwZuOIat10hGlB0/view
So, as both Paola and Ninetta say, the learning never ends!

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in and enjoy the modern-style pdfs that have been uploaded! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it for your pics to show up in a search. (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/endrucks1920project)

We have a Facebook Group (please read the group’s description and rules before asking to join) – “Endrucks 1920 Project”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235560633606162   

We all enjoy sharing and experimenting and the group is waiting for you! 

All info and links (original and modern) are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view 

Remember there are many more modernised patterns, derived and extracted patterns/ideas, already listed in the project document, with more still to come! So, do visit and scroll through.
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Ciao,
Ninetta and Muskaan



Tuesday, 23 November 2021

willing volunteer

This post is to thank Mariantonietta Sangiuliano, our willing volunteer in the Endruck's project.


I got to know her in the Italian Fb group, through the few tatting pics she shared. I remember that a couple of years ago, we had a game there, asking us to talk a little about ourself and post a picture of our favourite tatting project. She posted a lovely tatted tea set, three-dimensional, worked in a previous tat-along in another group. She's tatting for about ten years now, self-taught. I was moved by her words, where she wrote that someone told her that tatting was much too difficult to learn but she faced the challenge and succeeded indeed! That is will power! And we are all very happy that she did it!

Then, last year I met her at another nice "virtual" venue: a "secret" group where we voluntarily test-tatted Edda Guastalla's patterns, those that ended up in her book "Quadrati magici". I was impressed by Mariantonietta's lovely doily - a beautifully tatted edging around a central fabric piece, attached all by hand. The picture is included in Edda's book. I have nice memories from that great adventure, it was a nice and productive group! All tatters worked together very well, enjoying Edda's patterns!

Then, at the end of last year we came to our new adventure: the Endrucks' 1920 project. Mariantonietta was among the first tatters who joined Muskaan (I think she was the first Italian volunteer, after me). She chose the pattern number 33 in the book. Her tatting and her drawing arrived in a blink, by the mid of November and we could publish the doc within that month.

Direct link to the n.33 pattern: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_u5nbBemi0fveB3Y2a_wFXKkfIACRCJ2/view


I feel really guilty to have pushed off for so long writing a post to thank her. Muskaan joins me in this heartfelt thanks, her example has inspired many others to follow and volunteer.

We are near the end of the project, even if life happens and things could take longer than what we planned; I am in late with my own tasks, gosh! We love all our willing volunteers, among which Mariantonietta is a forerunner, running with us during this wonderful adventure!

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in and enjoy the modern-style pdfs that have been uploaded! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!  

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it for your pics to show up in a search.

*** NEW! *** We have a Facebook Group (please read the group’s description and rules before asking to join) – “Endrucks 1920 Project”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235560633606162   
We all enjoy sharing and experimenting and the group is waiting for you! 

All info and links (original and modern) are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

Remember there are many more modernised patterns, derived and extracted patterns/ideas, already listed in the project document, with more still to come! So, do visit and scroll through.

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With love and gratitude,
Ninetta and Muskaan


Sunday, 10 October 2021

a personal touch

It’s always a pleasure when you get to know another tatter, even if only in “the virtual life”. 

I “met” Maria Grazia in the Facebook group “Chiacchierino: Filo Amore e Fantasia”, discovering her tatting, in which she never fails to add her personal touch. She helped us in the Endrucks 1920 Project, with the pattern n.43 and created a parure from it. She was among the first group of volunteers, in fact her first sample arrived very soon, in November 2020 (Gosh! Almost one year has already gone! And the great news is that almost all patterns have been modernised or are in the final stages of presentation). Then, a couple months later, her necklace and the earrings arrived.

Here I’d like to introduce her with her own words, in the way she shared them last February, in our FB group, along with some pics of her tatting:

Mi presento con qualche lavoro: ho 64 anni. Ho imparato il chiacchierino a navetta in prima media durante l'ora di applicazioni tecniche. Negli anni ho realizzato pizzi e centrini ma solo negli ultimi anni, grazie a fb, ho scoperto quante altre cose meravigliose si possono realizzare, anche se molte non sono alla mia portata.
Per chi lo volesse sono disponibile ad insegnare quel poco che so.

I introduce myself with some of my tatting. I am 64 years old. I learned shuttle tatting in 6th grade, during the so called “Applicazioni tecniche” class (we used to practice many handicrafts in that class). Over the years I have made edgings and doilies, but it is only in recent years, thanks to fb, that I have discovered how many other wonderful things can be made, even if many are not within my reach.
For those who wish to learn, I am available to teach the little I know.

She’s very humble but actually very talented, as you can see from just these few pictures:




From her photos, we understand that she knows many techniques, but she confided to me that only with Endrucks she has learned what Block Tatting is. In fact, in her modified version of the pattern, chains are faced opposite direction and not the same direction as in block tatting. But we love it, any which way!

My little contribution to this pattern was to draw the visual pattern, for which Maria Grazia had sent me a pencil drawing and her notes. I played with it last January, adding my own touch and then shared my experience here: https://ninettacaruso.blogspot.com/2021/01/testing-with-grace.html

In the last weeks I worked at it again and included the visual pattern in a pdf document, that now is available for everybody to try: 

Pattern (original and modified):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JRu7OggaSna0eXDRA2P18dRu6uE4-1J7/view

If you like the diagram only, it’s in my albums in Flickr, here: https://flic.kr/p/2kuTya8  

I enjoyed this pattern and send many thanks to Maria Grazia for inspiring us to adapt it into a lovely necklace! Muskaan joins me in thanking her!

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I cannot end this post without mentioning the “Strawberry Doodle” derivative motif by Patty Dowden. That’s a great example of her personal touch! Many many thanks to Mrs. Dowden for this very inspiring motif!

This talented tatter doesn’t need my introduction, being very well known. I absolutely love how she reproduced in tatting the corals of the Barrier Reef. The technique that she created (I think in 2008) is called "hyperbolic tatting".
Here it is a link to her tutorial, it is a revised pdf (version 2) from 2011, listed in Jane McLellan’s blog (thanks to Muskaan who helped me find it) - https://www.keepandshare.com/doc/6194296/hyperbolic-tatting-pdf-698k?da=y
Her work is on display in the Denver (CO) Museum of Art.

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This is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it!

We all enjoy sharing and the project is awaiting every one of you!

All info and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

Ciao,
Ninetta & Muskaan

Saturday, 21 August 2021

love for lace, music, and nature, driven by a healthy curiosity

Tatting in this post is by Reiko Akamatsu, one of the most prolific volunteers we have had in the Endrucks’ Project, a very enthusiastic and supportive contributor. She tatted and diagrammed the cover doily, plus 3 patterns and many derivatives models, not to mentioning many more patterns tatted from Endrucks’ for her own study which are not included in this project. She started working on the book even before we made the project public last year.

Reiko’s prototype version of the cover doily, near her first pencil sketch for the pattern

Muskaan and I are highly grateful for what she has shared with us. She is very talented and a great resource and inspiration for us all.
In Muskaan’s own words:

For this Project, Ninetta and I have mostly been communicating with tatters individually and though I did not get the chance to collaborate with Reiko directly, I have been in awe of her inspiring work as she systematically works through the book and experiments alongside. She might not have followed my n.22 pattern from 2015, but it was a pleasant surprise to see her models from a couple years back on fb. Her personal printout copy of the book along with her own diagrams is aesthetically spiral bound that you cannot fail to admire every time!  

When I posted about the cupping dilemma (https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2020/11/d-to-c-cup.html) encountered in pattern n.37, she actually tatted a model immediately and shared her tweaked count with me, which I may end up using! She is a true asset to our community project and I certainly wish language wasn’t such a barrier. I cannot thank Ninetta enough for being a worthy linguistic connection.

We hope that she collects all her tatted models from Endrucks’ book and permits us to share it in the Project doc. A committed lady doing single-handedly what a global community is trying to accomplish – amazing!

Thank you, Muskaan! Wonderfully written!

Direct links to (modern version) pdf files, for patterns and derivations, shared by Reiko:

For many more motif applications/derivations, scroll through her facebook page since mid-2020:
タティングムジカ Tatting Musica : https://www.facebook.com/tattingmusica/ 

I am a “latecomer” follower! I started following her page last year, in August. It happened that, in a group, she shared the picture of her, near her finished "Lagniappe" doily, a design by Mike Lyon. Here it is a recent link to that pic, hoping that it works for you: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4575343845863895&id=100001649732912

I was immediately captured by the thin thread and the colours of that big doily. I understand that she usually uses Lizbeth size 40 threads. Then, that is how I’ve found all her beautiful tatting, that is a riot of colour! All stitches are neat and joyful!

In the next picture, there is Reiko’s arrangement of the Original Book Cover, tatted in 2020, before our project started:

Reiko’s arrangement of the Original Book Cover

She tatted 3 models of the cover doily: the above arrangement (2020), a prototype version (2021, shown above, in lead pic) and the final version in white and mustard, showed next here. You can visit her facebook profile at this link, it takes you to a post with many pictures, the 3rd pic shows how she tatted three models: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4386442354754046&id=100001649732912&sfnsn=wiwspmo

Reiko’s reworked Cover doily

In her personal Facebook profile page, she loves sharing flowers and enchanting nature. She plays violin (that is the reason of the word “music” in her page name, I think) and teaches tatting. In many pictures she puts together amazing flowers and the lace, letting herself be inspired by nature, to choose colours for her tatting.

Here is the link to a fb post, in which there is a video of her big “Lagniappe” doily, with a window overlooking a grove, and her music in background. I found it enchanting: https://www.facebook.com/reiko.akamatsu.37/posts/4289855454412737

Reiko’s reworked pattern n.2

She told me that she finds the automatic translation very difficult, so we can understand each other only by exchanging short English sentences. In fact, it's the same for me from her language to Italian. Often, I struggle to get what she means in her original Japanese posts. Japanese is one of the most difficult languages in the automatic translation to English, it's a pity that we have the language barrier between us.

Reiko’s reworked pattern n.26

Lately she posted that she is planning to hold an exhibition in November. I understand that she will display the work showed in the video, that is a large hand sewed quilt (or is it a tapestry? or a bedspread?) with tatting sewed on it. The big doily symbolizes the earth, that is my guess from the translation, and the quilted carpet is the universe, with flowers and stars. Some of her Endrucks’ versions can also be seen there!
For the video of her exhibition held in 2019, follow this link (posted in her fb page “Tatting Musica”): https://fb.watch/7vK-DLVTQM/

Reiko’s adaptation from patterns n.2 and n.26

She also runs a very original niche business. 

From her other fb page, https://www.facebook.com/harurunleaf/ (that is mate of the internet site https://nijikoubou.square.site/) you can buy her very pretty bookmarks, with little rounded glass beads and Swarovski beads, called "Harurun Leaf", that is the same pattern tatted in many different colours. She often calls it Ruru leaf.

Here is what Google translated about the source of the pattern: “The design is based on P.28 No.28 of the book "the TATTED ARTISTRY of TEIKO FUJITO" by Professor Sadako Fujito, and I have added the string part of the bookmark. We have obtained permission to sell on September 25, 2012 from Mr. Sadako Fujito and President Nobuaki Seto of Vogue Co., Ltd.”- “The copyright of "Harurun Leaf" including the string part belongs to "Niji Kobo".”-

I love that she called the bookmark after her daugther, as I understand from the automatic translation:

★ "One leaf grows one tree, one tree creates a forest. People love the forest and are healed by the forest. Such a forest is born from a small little leaf." Youngest daughter We named it "Harurun Leaf" and "Harurun Leaf" from these words.
★ With that in mind, "What kind of people do you meet and what kind of books do you meet?" Each "Harurun Leaf" is created with an image entrusted to it.

Nice sweet words. I love reading books and often my tatting samples become bookmarks, and it is happening with some of my Endrucks’ samples, too.

Reiko’s reworked pattern n.23

 I love ending with her own words, the voice of a modest and pretty soul:

"I have no special talent. I just have a very strong curiosity." (Reiko Akamatsu)

Thank you, Reiko!

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That is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it!

We all enjoy sharing and the project is awaiting every one of you!

All info and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

Ciao,
Ninetta & Muskaan


Thursday, 15 July 2021

that bewitching and mysterious beauty

Today I’d like to introduce you to Consuelo Piras and her tatting. She helped us in the Endrucks 1920 Project, with the pattern n.4 and also she’s created a bracelet from it.

The “model” in her picture is a reproduction of a Nuragic Sardinian bronze sculpture, four-eyed and four-legged mysterious hero from the Nuragic Sanctuary of Abini (the original is in a museum in Cagliari). I had to ask Consuelo for info because I hadn’t any clue about the sculpture! So then I studied and discovered that that archaeological site is about in the centre of Sardinia island, I would say in its heart!

Back to the bracelet, the pattern is two repetitions of the edging, the two sides are worked continuously, passing from one side to the other with long spiral chains. After completing both sides, she added those round elements, they are all split rings of 4d/4ds (that is first side 4ds, second side 4ds). Beads are sewn on at the end. 

Here it is another picture:

And that is on Consuelo’s wrist:

In the old original sample, in Endrucks’ book, the pattern starts with a dead-chain, but it can be also started with a ring, just like Consuelo did in her samples:

The double lines in the original pattern and in Consuelo’s sample and bracelet are tatted with the Block Tatting technique, facing all the same direction. But there’s no harm in trying to find alternative paths! Just like it happened with pattern n.43, tatted by Maria Grazia, there are only 2 chains that form the “bold” lines, then they can be tatted facing opposite direction, as we normally do in a simple rings and chains pattern. The consequence is that, in this case, it can be worked with one shuttle and ball without the block tatting technique. I prepared a little sample for this alternative, that you can find in the document for the reworked pattern.

I’ve tatted a short sample, too, that helped me to understand the pattern for preparing the document and I’ve enjoyed it so much, that eventually I ended with a corner and then a little square doily! I have a funny story to tell you, I was tatting this edging while a little girl came near me, quiet at first, staring at me and at my mysterious tool... then after few long seconds without a word from her, she stated: “oh ok, I can see, you are doing a line of teddy bears!” Adorable, sweet girl!

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I’ve been in touch with Consuelo since I first joined Facebook, in Dec 2010, she is a very nice and pretty lady, I remember that she used to be admin of an Italian tatting group that no longer exists. Some years ago, she also tatted all the jewellery worn by models in local fashion shows. She has a personal page where you can admire her tatting, that is here:

 https://www.facebook.com/ibijouxdiconsuelo

You will find there, for example, the next unique tights that she designed on request, for a dancer:

She can also do macramé! I like sharing with you two samples of her macramé work that, just like all her works, it is inspired by her bewitching and mysterious island. The “sun” is inspired by a Sardinian traditional jewel called “corbula”, usually made in gold filigree; then, the starfish is a typical Mediterranean theme.

Thank you, Consuelo!

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Direct link to modern version pdf file for this pattern n.4 : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zQh2jDfisoIx3PLZ84KpVZiwC51AlToe/view

That is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it!

We all enjoy sharing and the project is awaiting every one of you! 

All info and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

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Ciao,
Ninetta & Muskaan

Thursday, 24 June 2021

special note for my dear email subscribers

My dearest reader,

This post is especially for you that receive and read my posts only via email.

The company that manage the email subscriptions for Chiacchierino Facilissimo blog will discontinue the service in July, so you will no longer receive automatic email updates.

I've carefully read their instructions and saved the list of my subscribers till today, but if I still want you to receive email updates I must search other email subscription service. In Blogger Help they write that they are "unable to recommend any external services at this time." I found a very informative page here: https://www.jenryland.com/best-free-services-for-email-blog-subscriptions/ . Unfortunately, in this moment, it seems that the solution that would be right for my blog exists but they ask me some private sensitive data that I don't want to share (for example my personal snail mail).

My blog is just a diary for my main hobby, that is tatting, and very few of my other crafts/interests. I learned that email feeds had born principally for marketing and to drive traffic to blogs. I'm so happy that many of you have chosen to follow my blog - "just because!" -, I can't thank you enough, I'm moved by all the interest in my invisible tiny tatting. You all are in my heart. I had never imagined that after 7 years and half of blogging I would have had nearly 900,000 visits... and I can't believe that I've been blogging for so long! Also, thanks to you all, you have been my teachers in turn and I've learned a lot during these years! Thank you very much, dear tatters!

For the moment, I'm very very sorry that I can't offer you an alternative for the automatic email subscription, except than inviting you to follow my personal profile in Facebook, where I will share any of my future blog updates.

Little rounded motifs, my own pattern, diameter 3cm, thread is DMC Special Dentelles, size 80. 

Ciao,

Ninetta.


Tuesday, 1 June 2021

co-learning

Well, that’s not the season but I nearly spot a crib there, even with its star on, LOL! Or you can repeat only the flower’s section, for a very springy scalloped edging! And can you see little earrings with just the leaf motif? 

I think that we haven’t stressed enough the fact that Endrucks’ designs are not geometrical, despite the heavy use of block tatting. Possibilities are unending! 

Elisabetta De Napoli tatted that model and prepared the visual pattern, in modern format. It is pattern #25 in the Endrucks' 1920 book, based on the #24.

She is a nice, sweet person, prompt to help and generous, drawn by her lively curiosity for tatting challenges. 

She doesn’t blog but she's not new to us, in fact I already met her last year, when she posted in Facebook her version of the tatted beaded rope, and then I blogged about it here https://ninettacaruso.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-matter-of-joints.html

We had another opportunity to become better tatting friends when she shared a picture of her clean filet tatting and gave to Muskaan and me the permission to post it, done in Muskaan’s blog, where there are also links to other methods for filet tatting: https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2020/07/splitting-mesh.html.

Elisabetta taught us then, but she told us that Endruck’s project taught something to her, too. In fact, she said that this was her first time in drawing diagrams. She did a wonderful job, you would not suspect that she is a newbie!

The next, it is her tatting for the pattern #35:

This pattern is on my to-do-list, too. Hopefully, all patterns will be tested, sooner or later. Actually, I’m wondering if the nice slight zig-zag movement can be enhanced, or it is just because her tatting hasn’t been blocked yet. It looks straight in the old model, but all tatting in those old pictures looks very stretched.

Another pattern re-worked by Elisabetta is the number #18b, that is also part of the #18, currently under work by Muskaan, it will be shared soon in her blog. Here it is the sample tatted with metallic thread, sent by Elisabetta for the #18b standalone:

I would love it as a necklace with pearls and sparkling miyuki. 

(I’m not fully sure but) Elisabetta tatted all her samples with two shuttles.

Direct links to modern version pdf files:
    Pattern n.18b https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l1Pv4ZBB7pCW-He7Cog6sfVBVb7zxf5e/view
    Pattern n.25 https://drive.google.com/file/d/19rR3fDG_ZHO9imf-EuPQO9dSd531UZl4/view
    Pattern n.35 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eILLQpaC4KYO1seds20zejjkwvhBgF9I/view

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This project is co-learning in the true sense. I'm learning a lot from the Endrucks 1920 Project, both in tatting and about how dealing with the project itself. 

I’m very grateful to Anna Tedesco, who shared with me the challenging experience of translating into Italian Eleonore Endrucks’ Preface and Tips, based on the English translation done by Simone Beyer. Direct link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/17R1LYneE2KDTWVOTjzv4yfsQ6oPizR8t/view

My facebook tatting friends can see Anna's beautiful works, shared in her personal group: "Tatting Art" https://www.facebook.com/groups/898495776900356

Anna is quite famous among us Italians, for being here the only one tatter that I know who had a crowded class of little tatting girls - in pre-covid times -. I wish her to come back teaching tatting soon!

The Endrucks 1920 Project has been growing as a wonderful group, where all tatters learn together, finding ways to overcome language's barriers and different tatting styles, and different skills, everyone's eager to share and open to other tatters' ideas. Many patterns have already served as inspiration to create even more lovely tatting! I love Anna Tedesco's nice description of the derivative patterns as "Endrucks' children", then the further derivatives of those, she calls them "Endrucks' grandchildren"!

Muskaan and I are very grateful for all the enthusiasm, collaboration and inspiration that is going around this international project! Fingers crossed, we would have all patterns available in modern format by the end of November. Read what Muskaan wrote in her Facebook profile page:  

UPDATE #Endrucks1920Project

Dear friends and contributors,
firstly Ninetta Caruso and I would like to thank you for your participation and contribution to this project.

You joined us in November 2020 and it seems reasonable that we be able to 'complete' it in a year, by November 2021. This is the TIMELINE we propose:

1. May 31st - final confirmation
2. June 1st to June 15th - depending on response to #1, final invitation and confirmation of 'reopened' patterns.
3. August 31st to September 15th - final submission of remaining patterns
4. November 2021 - wrap up of all main patterns

Thanks and best regards 💖💕💖
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We have been updating a few pdfs with the Project link, header/footer, and a few minor edits. These include #2+#26 combo, #2, #3, #9, #13, #15, #16, #18a, #18b, #23 #25, #26,#27, #29, #33,#35. Of these, some links have changed (for #2, #16, #18a, #23, #26, #29). These have been updated in the EP doc.
Most are already ready (thank you again 🤩) and others on the way. In fact Reiko Akamatsu is working on the Cover doily as well!!! 🥰 Tatters are welcome to send in their versions and adaptations/derivations/applications and we will try to include the pics/off-shoot patterns as they come in, with due credit. Oh, and also Test tatters are welcome - be it with needle or shuttle. Thank you, Gloria Nelson, for sharing the project on her wonderful page 🙏 (https://www.facebook.com/SparklingLightCreationStudio.GloriaNelson)
Note: this is a Volunteer Project protected under Creative Commons License. It is totally free to use and share BUT not to sell. And please acknowledge the tatter when using/sharing.

By the time you’re reading my blogpost, all patterns have been confirmed and promised by willing volunteers. 

That is a community project, we welcome everyone of you to join in! Please let us known where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!
We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it!
We all enjoy sharing and the project is waiting every one of you! All infos and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

Ciao,

Ninetta & Muskaan

Monday, 10 May 2021

cute and unusual

Maybe, some of my readers can remember that I tatted and diagrammed the edging #14 from the "Schiffchen-Spitzen", by E.Endrucks, a book from 1920. I tatted it as part of the "Endrucks 1920 Project", that is an international collaborative endeavour, with volunteer tatters presenting Frau Endrucks’ patterns in modern format, compiled here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

I attached the edging #14 to a pram sheet, and I've also tatted a narrow version for the pillow's cover.


Those pics have been taken in March, when I sewed it:


Actually I'm out of exercise with the needle and my sight has worsened lately, but eventually I'm happy with it! It's a cute set!

We've discovered that Mrs Endrucks had her book published at the age of 36. She died when she was only 54. Read a short biography here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-LzBnvzj7azCWLXJACSvcNHegXfP4fv_/view

Her patterns are a great source of inspiration, even after 100 years! It isn't the "usual" tatting with wheels and rosettes, she was aware of her originality and wrote: "My book shows you the way out of the eternal monotony of all tatted lace so far"!

Here it is the link for the pattern of the narrow edging, that I tatted following just part of the edging in Endruck's book:

derived - endrucks n14 - narrow edging


Ciao,
Ninetta

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Friday, 16 April 2021

Saturday, 13 March 2021

crab or candle holder?

That is, the pattern n.9 in the Endrucks' 1920 book reminds me a line of crabs but also candle holders! That pattern would be lovely if tatted in colored thread! 

Pictures in this post are from Pina Pinto. 

Her beautiful tatting and her thread's choice make the tatting look very traditional but still modern.

It's wonderful how a simple shape can inspire many ideas! For example, if we add more picots in the upper rings, they look like flowers in a pot!

She's converted Endrucks' 1920 patterns (the number 9, 15 and 16 in the old 1920 book) in modern step-by-step pictures and/or numbers on pictures, that is a great help in recreating the old tatting patterns, that otherwise would be very difficult to follow, if you only look at the the old text and diagrams. 

Thank you very much, Pina!

Her contribute has been very useful to think about some details, like that one underlined in the n.15 above. The pencil lines indicate where she changed direction of chains and that is different from the original old pattern. The tatting starts on the left in the picture, those chains face in opposite direction, and to obtain that effect we need a change of direction and a picot in the same point. 

In general, in some models, Endrucks avoided holding a picot on the core thread. We may like more symmetry than what tatters used to like in the past and in that case we need a chain with a drop picot or a picot held with paperclip.

I remember now that, to change direction, I've learnt another way to do it, in place of using a clip,  when I tatted the mystery doily:
- leave a small picot,
- first half,
- one complete ds,
- reverse work, adjust last ds and continue the chain.
That worked for me.

In the next picture, there is only part of the pattern n.16. I can see it like a big earring, with beads, tatted with metallic thread! If only I wear big earrings!

Direct links to (modern version) pdf files:

We've had her help also for a fourth pattern (the number 17 in the old book), that will be available soon. 

That is a community project, we welcome everyone of you to join in! Please let us known where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting! 

We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project , so please use it!

We all enjoy sharing and the project is waiting every one of you! All infos and links are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view?usp=sharing  

Ciao,

Ninetta & Muskaan

Saturday, 6 March 2021

snackable post

It seems that it is the trend for the 2021, very short posts and a lot more videos than in the past.

Then, this is my "snackable" post!

Pattern is by Paola Bevilacqua and it is shared in facebook, in the Italian group "Chiacchierino: Filo, Amore e Fantasia". 

"Presentosa" is the name of a traditional Italian jewel, that is usually gifted to the beloved girl, wife or mum. Actually I already gave that to my sweet mum!

Thread for the smaller one is Sanbest, 3 strands, gold n.32 and colour Chameleon. The other one has been tatted with red dmc cebelia n.10 and ecrù Anchor Freccia n.8.

Ciao,

Ninetta 

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

hearts, friends and flower

 Happy late Valentine's Day and thanks to Muskaan for her beautiful "Block Heart"!

She shared it 4 "Valentines" ago! Time flies (but we all know that very well!). Her original post is here: https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2017/02/spring-is-in-my-heart.html

and the pattern can be found here: https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2017/02/heart-to-heart-to-heart-to.html

I followed her instructions, substituting blocks with 6+6 double stitches for original blocks with only 4ds. Rows have increased accordingly.

That was a nice tatting, after all the block tatting that I've done for the Endrucks' project (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view). Good block tatting needs exercise, and I thanks a lot my dear tatting friend Muskaan for getting me involved in that project, I've learned a lot from the old patterns and from Maestra Muskaan, she has a talent in explaining things!

I've tatted two patterns, Muskaan's heart and one of mine, for a tat-along with friends in the Italian Facebook's group.

That is mine:

The original pattern is a modification of one repetition of an edging, the original edging and the prototype heart is here (2011): https://flic.kr/p/9Cbm5k
There is another blog post with a little motif that is about the same design: https://ninettacaruso.blogspot.com/2014/09/seaaside.html 

Muskaan is a nice friend and she gifts me often with her great tips, for example in the case of my heart, she suggested to remove the top center from the prototype. That was a great idea! The heart is now a lot better!

Also, the heart was asking me for something inside that empty space, so I thought that hearts and flowers always go well together, that is why I've added the yellow flower.

In the next there are my step-to-step pictures for Muskaan's heart (that is exactly as explained in her instructions at page 4):


I especially love how she passed from block1 to block 2, that is with a first half ds folloved by a picot (pic 5), that minimizes the space between the two blocks.
It's a very clever use of block tatting. I love her bracelet version too.

In the next pictures there are some indications for tatting my heart. 

I've called it "Heart by the sea". The pattern is as follow:

Thread is DMC Cebelia number 8. The pattern can be done with one shuttle and the ball. The floating ring in the bottom can be done as a mock ring, otherwise you will need the second shuttle just for tatting that only one suspended ring.
The yellow flower is tatted as a separate element. I suggest to tat the flower first and then attach it while tatting the heart, but in my pictures I did the flower at the end. The bead in the center of the flower has been sewed.

- = picots - they are all small (the design should result compact), 

+ = normal join

Yellow flower:
Ring A: 4-4-4 (in the picture you see where A, B and E are joined to the red heart)
Ring B: 6-3-3
Ring C: 3+(to last p of B) 9-3
Ring D: 3+(to last p of C) 9-3
Ring E: 3+(to last p of D) 3-6
Close and sew the bead in the center.

Red heart:
Rings and chains are all 4 ds between each picots.
In picture 3, you see the two rings for the bottom, that is a normal ring 4+4-4 and the floating/suspended ring 4-4 (that can be tatted as a mock ring).
Those dimpled rings are: first one 12-8-4/4+8-8-4; last one 4+8+8-4/4+8+(to first dimpled ring) 12.



I've already found a good place for my new hearts! (They are still to be sewed)

Ciao,

Ninetta

Update 17 Feb 2021: I prepared a drawing for the Italian Facebook group, text is in Italian. Here it is: 

Please, don't share pictures but share link to this post and credit the designer. Thank you in advance. Ninetta.



Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta