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.
Well, I know it is January as it is super hot here in Melbourne, the tennis is on and I am tatting the TIAS. Every year for the last few years Jane Eborall has run a Tat it and see ( TIAS) on her blog. It has become something I really look forward to. It is fun for a few of reasons, as the pattern is split up and released over a couple of weeks no-one but Jane and her test tatters know what it is, so it is a mystery. It also becomes a guessing game that tatters across the world get invovled in. There is a great sense of the international tatting community in this yearly event. Thanks Jane for all of the effort you put in to make sure this is such a fun and welcoming event.
Here are some pictures of my work so far, day 1, 2 and 3. I am using altin basak green size 50 thread left over from the collar I made recently:
I’m really not sure what it is yet…my current guess is a horse…let’s see what day 4’s pattern brings.
Until next time, happy tatting!
Thanks to everyone who entered my recent give away, the winners have both received their prizes and so I can show you the craft pack the Australian winner received.
In other news, Jane Eborall has announced the TIAS (Tat it and see) and it will be in multiple languages. I look forward to taking part in the fun again. Here is the link https://janeeborall.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/introduction-to-tias.html?m=1
Until next time
Happy Easter to all my followers and readers at onemadtatter! I have been trying to balance my crafting time with work and study.
Spending time on the craftsy online class yesterday saw the production of 2 daisy picot pendants. I am much happier with the green one, possibly because the beads are smaller and sit better. Both are made in size 40 threads, emptying other shuttles.
I also had some shuttles arrive from an ebay ‘win’- the highly sought Milward shuttle, and a white plastic shuttle (advertised as bone… but definitely plastic), and a Judith Conor book that I had only seen at my library years ago. Lots of great info in this one!
Best wishes for the Easter season, until next time, happy tatting!
A while ago, during a craftsy sale, I bought access to Marilee’s “Next steps in shuttle tatting” online class. I have watched through a couple of classes during January and printed the class materials. Finally on Thursday evening I decided to load up my shuttles and beads and get started. I learned how to do Catherine Wheel joins – a technique I had always converted to lock joins in the past. After watching Marilee and a couple of tries I now realize the difference in the joins and am very pleased with the effect.
I also like the convenience of this format of classes- the sequence and included materials are a new approach for me. In the past I have worked somewhat randomly with YouTube and the online tatting classes Georgia Seitz runs, as a just in time learning tool for a specific technique. All are fabulous resources too, with great flexibility.
I wonder which formats you like to learn through, and if you have been surprised with a particular product?
Until next time, happy tatting.
I have been enjoying my summer holiday this year, relaxing with my family and having some time to focus on study too. Of course there has been a fair bit of crafting, so here is a quick update on the tatting.
First, I finally made a start on the starlight doily tat along at Craftree. I am nearly up to the final chain round.
I have also just started Jane’s Tat it and see (TIAS). I was a little late starting this year, so I did the first three days in one sitting. I am using Lizbeth size 40 thread, in a mauve colour- I have lost the card with the number and colour.
At this stage I have little idea what it could be. It is worth popping over to the blog to give it a try and read through guesses from around the world too. Are you taking part this year? It’s never too late to join in 🙂
I have also been working on a few other projects, but more about them next time.
Until then, happy tatting
Here is my most recently finished tatting piece. It is a small doily designed by Iris Niebach- Beatrice from her Tatted Doilies book. I really like that it is made in one pass- though I did have to refill my shuttle 3 times- the last time to make the final 3 small rings- that was a bit annoying. The thread is beautiful to work with, and was hand made by a local talented tatter and Etsy store owner- Lea (& facebook link). It is size 40 thread, but I have lost the tag with the name of the dyelot colour. Liyarra mentioned that this particular pattern is notorious for being difficult- but aside from my own inattention (creating the need to retro tat) I had no problems with this pattern using this thread.
Iris Niebach- Beatrice design
I have 2 other colours of thread that I bought from Lea too- a lovely green and a blend called “crocus” which is mauve and yellow. I wonder what I will make with them? The next thing I want to do is finish a table centre for another of my sisters- so I will get back to that this evening I hope. I will share more progress on that next time.
Until next time, Happy Tatting
I am a big fan of tatting shuttles, there is something majestic about them- such a simple object can make beautiful lace. On facebook, I am a member of the Tatting Shuttle addicts group, and there is a lot of eye candy and also inspiration for new ideas. One example of a potentially great idea is the double bobbin shuttle. I don’t have one, but recalled this blog from one of my online tatting design friends who had made her own and documented the process. Food for thought, take a look:Double Shuttle Bobbin | Spare Moments Stitching.
Until next time, happy tatting.
I love getting packages, and yesterday two arrived! One was a magazine I found on ebay, and the other was from Japan, and held some very special shuttles. The Anna magazine was published in 1998, and is an English translation of the German publication. There are quite a few tatting patterns here, which was a lovely surprise.
The clear, white and “tortoise shell” plastic shuttles were purchased online the weekend before last from aphyu-tatting in Japan. It was very tempting to buy some books also, but international postage and my inability to read Japanese led me to decide just to purchase shuttles.
Until next time, happy tatting.