To all of my followers on onemadtatter, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my crafty fun. Best wishes for a great 2018.
I have been relaxing over the last week and making these little squares to send to Brussels for the ‘tat bombing’ of a monument there.
The suggested pattern is pleasant to work up and easily remembered, so I can make these quickly each time I have a chance. Each square takes about 20 minutes to complete. I have made 16 so far, and estimate I can make another 4 with the thread I have remaining.
What is on your shuttles at the moment?
Until next time, happy tatting
Merry Christmas to everyone who follows one mad tatter. Here is a picture of my Christmas tatting this year, some of Alenalea’s angelinas. The pattern is available from her etsy store.
This year I made seven of these gorgeous ornaments for some very special people in my life. They stand at about 2.5cm high and are made in size 40 thread.
I hope you have a joyful holiday season, where ever you are in the world. I hope 2018 brings crafting fun for you too.
Until next time, happy tatting
I usually have a few projects going at any one time. Over the last few months a few of our friends are preparing to welcome new babies into their family for the first time. These have recently been gifted, so I can now reveal them on my blog.
First up is a picture of items I have finally conquered. I have had so many versions of this ‘gym boots’ pattern, and this is the first time I am happy with the result. I used Bendigo Wool Mills 5ply cotton, and a 3.25mm hook to make these. The pattern is from an Annie’s Attic Collection book.
The second picture below is of some of my favourite items to knit. There is an in-threes cardigan, made in Bendigo Wool Mills 8 ply Bold Bamboo, with a co-ordinating Milo vest/dress. The second Milo Dress is made in 8ply Bendigo Wool Mills Savanna, which is an Alpaca wool blend, and it has a matching head band from a modified Muki Crafts paid pattern. Of course, I had to make a pair of the little Mary-jane style shoes and socks, in 5ply acrylic, as I knew this recipient is having a baby girl.
I am really enjoying knitting and crocheting these small items. I especially like the top down, seam free items, as the patterns are so clever with very few ends to weave in.
I wonder what kinds of items you like to knit or crochet for babies?
Until next time, happy crafting,
A couple of weeks ago I finished this blanket I was making for my son. I began the blanket last year, it took approximately 18 months to complete. I didn’t work on it everyday, but would make some squares here and there while zoning out in front of the TV.
Completing a project like this looked pretty simple, but needed a fair amount of planning before I started, and as I progressed, to bring it together.
I started by looking online for a 15x 15 pixelated image. I was using an 8ply pure wool yarn. I ended up settling on this image, and reduced the colour pallet to six shades, instead of nine:
Then I had to locate a crochet square pattern. I wanted more of a solid block pattern rather than granny square style. I looked online for free patterns and found one that I felt would give a pixelated effect. I used rounds 1-3 of the April square: https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Granny-Square-Patterns/April-Square and made each square for my blanket in a single colour. I ended up adding a boarder to the blanket with additional grey squares, making this blanket 17 x17, 7 cm squares.
I attached the main coloured squares into rows, and periodically checked that the placement would work. Here are some images of the blanket ‘in progress’. I tracked rows against the pixelated diagram using post-it notes which were numbers with columns, and attached using bull dog clips.
289 squares later, I was done 🙂
It took a long time to hide all of the ends from the individual squares and from the row seaming too. While I am pleased with how it looks, I wont be making another one any time soon 🙂
Now I don’t have any big projects on my shuttle, hook or needles…I wonder what will take my eye next?
Until next time, happy crafting.
This week was very exciting for me. It was the first time I have had my crafting efforts recognised as art. I was invited to submit a piece to the TAP (Teacher as Practitioner/Teacher Artmaker Project) and fringe exhibition https://www.facebook.com/TeacherAsPractitioner/.
This year’s theme was ebb and flow.
To come up with an idea for submission, I contemplated the theme ebb and flow. In my mind ebb and flow refers to gentle movements. These gentle movements over time may lead to changes in how we perceive nature. Invariably I kept coming back to water, and the idea of the ebb and flow of the tide. As a biologist this reminded me of the amazing fossils which have been revealed because of the relentless motion of the tides. This natural process has revealed fossils which were hidden for vast tracts of time. The discovery of these artefacts has lead to a variety of scientific understandings. One of the most famous (and most common) fossils are those of the ammonite’s which lived 65-400 million years ago. So I tatted a representation of an ammonite ‘fossil’ using thread and beads.
I knew I wanted to use Marilee Rockley’s pattern (from her Craftsy class), but I wanted to make it slightly bigger to display as part of a scene. The threads I had of the correct colour was size 80. Making one in this size was quite small, and I incorporated it into the final piece, but it was too small to be the main feature. I needed some help.
At the next Melbourne tat and chat I was able to explain my idea to Lea, from Alenalea’s Tatting and she bravely took on the challenge of hand dying size 10 thread to match my sample fossils, and in particular lengths so I could wind the shuttles CTM (continuous thread method) without measuring or wasting thread. Within a week I had the thread in my hands. She had also made an extra sample in size 7 thread for me to test. Thanks Lea, you are a thread genius!
I ended up completing three tatted ammonites, and displayed them on a felt covered board. The layers of the felt represent the geological earth layers and the ocean. You can interact with the display to move the tide and ‘discover’ the small fossil. In this way I feel the piece invited people to be participate in the art experience. My piece was displayed with a few other fibre based objects. I will have to get a photo of the full display next week, as I forgot to take one on opening night.
I wonder, do you think of your craft as art?
Until next time, happy tatting
**Edit August 12th 2017- this blog post has had so many hits, I have made it into it’s own permanent page: https://onemadtatter.wordpress.com/links-to-over-50-other-free-tatting-blogs/
A list has been circulating proclaiming the ‘top 75 tatting blogs’ and then asking for credit card details to access the sites. When I realised my blog was on this list and that all of the blogs on the list are actually free to access, I was a bit annoyed (thanks to my followers who alerted me to this situation too).
I don’t usually post curated lists of links as blog posts. I usually share sites, videos and products I have used. So, without changing my operating methods, this blog post is an extended listing of tatting blog sites I have visited and enjoy reading. If you would like to visit them too, simply click on the links 🙂 You can then choose to follow the bloggers through email or RSS feeds. And there is no monetary charge to access these links.
If you have a tatting blog that isn’t on this list, please add it in the comments (or message me through facebook- one mad tatter) and I will progressively add them to this blog post too. If I have listed your blog and you wish it to be removed, please let me know. If you want different information listed next to your link, please let me know about this too.
As always, happy tatting
- The list below is not exhaustive – it is a work in progress.
- Some listed sites have a descriptor next to them- this is either a short sentence from me or taken from the about page, if the blog has one.
- Blogspot attached a ‘.au’ ending to all blogspot blogs, as I am in Australia. This should not effect your ability to access the site, and don’t be concerned if the ‘.au’ ending changes to your countries ending.
We are a mother (Hye-oon) and daughter (Eunice) team residing in Seattle, Washington. Hye-oon Lee started tatting twenty-five years ago. Within a year of learning how to tat, she started designing her own patterns. She is inspired by the natural world, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Eunice Lee is a designer who enjoys taking photos. When she isn’t working in front of the computer, she is typically exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, reading books, or watching movies.
This is where I share my latest adventures in fiber and send people to begin their journey into the world of tatting. Enjoy your visit.
Christian SAHM to an empty nest, married 32+ years to my best friend–the hardest working man I know (preacher, teacher and farmer.) Two sons: (DS#1, DIL, GS#1-6 years, GS#2-2 years, Gchild infant, DS#2)
We are here to encourage tatters. Our classes meet weekly on line (see info below) looking at how to tat patterns. What’s tatting? Making lace with a shuttle or needle and thread.
The Thread Bears is the first tatting group formed in Western North Carolina. Located in Black Mountain, NC, the focus of our group is to generate and renew interest in the art of tatted lace, often referred to as finger lace. We share patterns, techniques and ideas centered around but not limited to tatting. Members of the group are artists in a number of fields as well.
This blog will be dedicated to tatting and crocheting as I ´ve been experiencing them for the last three years . They are not only beautiful crafts but indeed a kind of concentration practice. So while we create our elegant laces or mandalas we will also improve our attention and visual memory. This blog it will dedicated to my pupils in tatting courses in Valencia and to everyone who would like to approach this kind of arts and learn them as active meditations.
The Canadian Lacemaker Gazette was first published in Spring, 1984 by a group of women from Denman and District Lace Club, located in British Columbi
Then, over the years, the Gazette was published in Toronto, Ottawa, and Sooke BC, and is now located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
There are 38 Canadian lacemaking groups in our directory. We have subscribers in Canada, USA, England, France, Australia and send to other countries all over the world.
The purpose of this non-profit group is to develop an appreciation for the fine art of lacemaking. Through educational programs + workshops, our members have the opportunity to learn about, collect, preserve, and actually make the various laces that have made history.
The Dallas Lace Society is a non-profit organization and a chartered chapter of International Organization of Lacers, Inc. Our purpose is to continue and promote the art of lacemaking through education and demonstration. Focusing on Bobbin-made laces, many members also participate in other types of lacemaking including crocheted, knitted, tatted, and needle-made laces.
Over the years I’ve experimented with many fiber arts, but tatting remains my favorite. I discovered tatting in my youth when I found a small needlework how-to book stashed among my mother’s art books. Between those sketchy instructions, library books, and trial and error, I soon taught myself and fell in love with the art.
My blog (Fiona T)- but you already know this address- because you are here 🙂 I am a hobby blogger, science educator and crafty person. I share my current projects and ideas. This blog also serves as a ‘brains trust’ for me to keep track of my projects.
Heather’s blog: Tatted treasures is dedicated to introducing tatting to the public, providing easy-to-follow instructions to learn this ancient art, and inspiring accomplished tatters with information and ideas.
Renulek’s blog is gorgeous. Every few months she conducts a tat-along, releasing large doily (napkin) patterns in stages over weeks. These gorgeous designs are diagrammed using annotated photographs of each round. Renulek has recently opened an ETSY shop and sells PDF versions of her full patterns.
Knot a blog- but you-tube channels/facebook pages 😉 :
Other sites of interest to Tatters:
Run by Kersti Anear and a dedicated group of admins, craftree is a social media site for tatters to connect and share. It houses the old ‘in tatters’ forums, which are a wealth of information for old and new tatters alike. You can use this site for free, or choose to become a member for a small monthly fee. Very welcoming group.
It will be no surprise to my regular followers that I have numerous craft projects in progress at any one time. One of these projects I began over a year ago, a diamond sword blanket for my son. I have been chipping away steadily and am nearer again to finishing this in the coming weeks.
Here the blanket is just over half way constructed. I do like the effect of the joins in black single crochet, it emulates the pixelated minecraft blocks well I think.
One of the reasons I have slowed in this progress is that the joining is in black wool, and it is difficult for me to work on this in the evenings. So, on a Sunday afternoon I often join another row, with the winter afternoon sun to work by.
Until next time, happy crafting.
I got to finish the third round of the Noel doily from Ben Fikkert’s book “floriade”. I really like the colours I am using- size 50 altin basak thread. Unfortunately this had to be retro tatted many times and even had a couple of beginnings cut away, as the pattern is sometimes counter intuitive and joins are not included in the written pattern notation. I also managed to miscount in the first round, and I have one less repeat than needed. This little doily will stop here (and make a pretty coaster) and I will start again to make the full version.
Until next time, happy tatting,
A few weeks ago I looked at my stash of wool and decided that I had probably made enough jackets for my niece and that I should make something for myself.
The Bendigo wool mills Bold Bamboo plum jam colour was calling to me. I had bought it to make a hooded neck warmer, but the pattern was a bit daunting. The pattern was purchased from While they play, and is called “through the woods”. There were a few new (for me) techniques like picking up stitches to make the neck and button bands. I decided I would learn as I went, and so cast on the first row.
Much of the pattern was straight forward, and enjoyable to knit. When I did get stuck I visited the While they play blog and found photo tutorials which helped me through.
And here we are, a few weeks later with a complete hood. It is really warm, and comfy. Sometimes it is better to dive in and build skills as you need them.
Until next time, happy crafting
I finished this Kina for my niece in time for her birthday in October last year (2016). For some reason I forgot to blog about it- so here it is.
The Kina is the toddler pattern from Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-kina-short-long-sleeved-version . Made in 8ply Bendigo Wool Mills milky way wool (made with wool and 17% milk fibre) jupiter colour.
It was the first big item I made on my bamboo circular needles. As this pattern required changing the needle size between the neckline and the main bodice, I really appreciated being able to change the needle tips without loosing any stitches.
The toddler size certainly knitted up quicker than the grown up one! With the weather cooling off rapidly now, my niece has been wearing this a bit lately. It looks like it will fit her for a while yet, and washes up really well.
Until next time, happy crafting