2013 Royal Melbourne Show Entry

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This weeks blog is a digital version of my Royal Melbourne show entry for this year. I assembled a board of tatting samples as an introduction  to tatting for the wide audience drawn by the Royal Melbourne Show. It is entitled: “Tatting techniques for Beginners: Sample Board”

The first section of the board “Rings and Chains- Beginner patterns” aims to show the simple visual effects of using rings and chains, where all beginner tatters will start. The rings and chains pull the tatted work into slightly curved shapes, making round motifs and doily edges easy. There are techniques to make rings and chains into straight edges too, often by joining picots to each other, or a straight fabric edge.

Pendant 1: Ginny Design from Ring of Tatters 2001 made with 2 shuttles, rings made in White and chains in Green. Same pattern as Pendant 2, however the colours give it a different visual effect. (White Milford Mercerised cotton size 40 & Light Green Lizbeth Thread, size 30). This simplicity of design and interesting visual effects is what draws me back to tatting again and again.

Pendant 2: Ginny Design from Ring of Tatters 2001 made in one colour (Purple Milford Mercerised cotton size 40). Rings made with a shuttle and chains from a ball thread.

Brooch: This is an adaptation of a Phyliss Sparks’ collar pattern (“Practical tatting” book). I made it Blue (Milford Mercerised cotton size 40), Yellow (Milford Mercerised cotton size 40) and green (Lizbeth thread size 30).

Flower Doily: From the Russian ‘Encyclopaedia of Tatting’ by Анни С.И., М. There was no pattern or diagram written for this peice, I used the photo to work my own version of this doily. It is worked in a variety of Lizbeth and Milford size 40 threads. It uses the beginner techniques of rings and chains. This work is an indication of how ‘international’ the craft of tatting is.

The second part of the board introduces the visual effects that can be gained by using the intermediate techniques of “Split rings and split chains”.  Split rings allow tatting to take on different shapes, like straight lines.

Split ring floral bookmark: Julie Patterson pattern in Variegated Lisbeth thread Scottish Thistle size 30.

Tardis: My own adaptation of Anne Bruvold’s Tardis pattern, using both split rings and split chains. Made in Blue & White Milford Mercerised cotton size 40. Anne and I have worked together online to build on her original pattern idea. The online tatting world is a vibrant community.

Fire Dragon: another of Anne Bruvold’s designs using single shuttle spit rings, this tatted dragon uses intermediate techniques to great effect.  Variegated ‘fire’ dragon in Lizbeth Autumn leaves, size 40 thread.

I hope that this years entry serves an educative purpose.  Perhaps it will entice more tatters to enter the show, as the categories for tatting have dwindled from three a few years ago, to just one this year. It may even inspire someone to try tatting, who knows? If you are interested in trying tatting there are both local and online guilds to help you along.

As always, happy tatting

Fiona T



Filed under Eye Candy, Tatting News, Tatting Techniques

4 responses to “2013 Royal Melbourne Show Entry

  1. That is a very good tutorial on tatting. And I like your examples.

  2. Excellent exhibit and samples! I’m sure it got some attention! Tatting is now more versatile than ever, but, sadly, most people aren’t aware of it!

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