While spending most of my time working on my show project, I have taken a little sideline to try some other patterns in my growing collection of pattern books.
I thought Lyn Morton’s “Lisa pattern” (Page 51 of Tatting Patterns, published 2002) would look lovely in purple and my new green Lisbeth (size 40) thread, so I tried it and have made a small doily. As with most of my tatting, it will become a gift for a friend, and I am pretty sure she will love the colours too!
This is a great beginners patten as it is only one ring and the rest is chains and joins…it does take a bit of concentration to join the flowers correctly as you go, but the visual effect is well worth the effort. I used 2 shuttles here, instead of a ball thread as directed in the pattern, that is what allowed me to switch the chain colours for the second chain. Also in the picture are my EmsyJane shuttles, that make slip and slide tatting a dream.
What side projects have caught your eye lately?
I was very excited to find so many tatting blogs and forums online. I have finally signed up to ‘In Tatters’ forum and have looked at a few of the recent posts linked Via Facebook. Here is a link to a You-Tube video (no sound) that shows the basics of tatting and how to hold the thread so you can also ‘speed tatt’, making this process much faster.
Watch Speed Tatting video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6UX6I-osS8&feature=player_embedded
There are many other amazing things I have learned from youtube, like how to do ‘split rings’. Split rings are a reasonably new ‘invention’. have a wide range of pre 1980′s tatting books, and these split rings (and patterns using them) do not appear before this time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfmcjYHBJr4
If you do want patterns using split rings, check out Jane Eborrall’s tatting blog, she has many patterns using split rings to make all sorts of cute projects (like the sea horses). There are some newer tatting books available (check local libraries), these often have jewelery patterns in them, and many smaller projects.