TIAS fun with Jane

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!

Fiona T 



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First project for 2017- mandala shrug 

Happy new year to everyone following one mad tatter. Best wishes for the year ahead. 

On boxing day I decided to start on this crochet mandala shrug, designed by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt. I had one and a half balls of the Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply Cotton in Hollyhock colour left over from the kina I knitted earlier in 2016. I had thought I would do something special with the left over so had purchased a ball of Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply cotton in parchment colour to contrast with it. The shrug seemed like a good choice to use these lovely yarns. 

This project worked up pretty quickly in my evenings, and I completed it tonight. I now have much less of the yarn left over. I will look for a small project to finish it off…and will try not to buy more yarn ‘just in case’. 

Have you completed any projects yet this year? Perhaps you have some crafty fun planned? 

Until next time 

Happy crafting 

Fiona T 


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Merry Christmas 2016

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few weeks as I have been busy finishing Christmas presents and studying too. The two gifts have now been given to their new owners so I can show you them now.

The first one was quite quick to make. I used Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton 10ply to make this in threes cardigan for my niece. 

The second one took a little longer as I hadn’t made a collar like this before. The vintage pattern is from a Coats learn tatting book no 660, and made is in Milford Mercerised cotton size 40, purple. I experimented with using crochet to attach the tatted collar as I went, and this required a little bit of retro-crocheting to make it sit properly and not pucker. The recipient loved it, and I hope she enjoys wearing it. I hope to blog soon about the process I used to make this collar.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. 

Until next time happy tatting, 

Fiona T  


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Winner update and TIAS

​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 tatting 

Fiona T

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1,500 likers giveaway- and the winners are…

Thanks to all the people who took time to comment on the blog and facebook page to enter this giveaway. There were some wonderful patterns shared, and some I hadn’t heard of either. The winners are: Australian prize (Craft pack including the 5 vintage books above posted to you)- Kristen Fink; International Prize (2015 snowflakes pattern and have a choice of 2 other patterns from Alenalea’s store– emailed to you) – Anne Fine.

I will contact you both through facebook and get details to send on your prizes.

This past week I have been busy marking, so  I decided to include one of my favourite patterns- this Anchor doily I made for my sister a long time ago. I really like this pattern for a few reasons:  it isn’t round, has a great balance and use of negative space and I was able to adapt the pattern to use split rings and chains so there were less ends to sew in. I also love the colours and used Altin Basak size 50 threads to make this to match my sister’s beautiful vintage cups. Here is a link to the post about the process of making this doily, and here is a link to the post about it being blocked and gifted. wpid-2014-06-15-10.18.54.jpg.jpeg

Until next time, happy tatting,

Fiona T


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Knitting in the round – owl cable hats

A little while ago I saw this very cute pattern on Julie is Coco and Cocoa, and it was knitted in the round using a very short cable needle. I really wanted to try out this kind of knitting, and so purchased the pattern from her etsy link. The pattern was reasonably easy to follow and, once I got clear on the way it was worded (and needed to check back to the blog itself for the revised instructions, hints and tips) I remade the hat twice more to get it to fit me (increasing the stitch counts according to the noted on the blog).  This hat is pictured above, being started at one of my favourite cafes and the finished in the picture beside it – Bendigo Wool mills 8Ply milky way (wool and milk fibre yarn). Sometimes working through these problems makes you feel more triumphant when you do complete a project.

Despite the sizing hiccup, the pattern was quite fun to make, and also to practice cables, so I bought some new 10ply Bendigo wool mills bamboo/wool blend yarn and made the one in the bottom picture. I have yet to add buttons to either hat, as we are now getting warmer weather in Melbourne and I no longer need the hat for my walk into work. I will source some cheap buttons over summer so the hats will look new for the rotation in time for Winter 2017.

Don’t forget to enter the 1,500 likers giveaway, you can enter by commenting on the blog post here: 1,500 likers giveaway or on the facebook page with the post about the 1,500 likers blog.

Until next time, happy crafting,

Fiona T



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Revisiting the Tatted Tardis pattern


Last week I decided to tat another Tardis, and I dug out the pattern and threads to begin. I decided to try and get an idea of the amount of thread needed on each shuttle to make one, and measured out 4.5m of thread for each shuttle. As I had some thread left on each shuttle I will try again this week with 3 meters of thread – hopefully not too much left over.

This is a great pattern to practice split rings on, and there is one split chain too. Once mastered, these two techniques open up a lot of opportunities in tatting, including being able to reduce the number of ends to sew in on older patterns.

The Tardis pattern is one I adapted and shared a long time ago, that Anne Bruvold kindly added to her original version of the pattern as an adaptation Anne B’s Tatted Tardis, available for download from here: http://nuperelle.net/EngPatterns.htm . I have tweaked it again to add a white ring to act as the ‘notice’ on the window of the Tardis.

Don’t forget to enter the 1,500 liker giveaway by commenting on the blog from Sunday: 1,500 likers giveaway or over on the Facebook page under the post for the 1,500 likers blog link.

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T


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1,500 likers giveaway

I’m very excited to announce a new giveaway to celebrate 1,500 likers on the One Mad Tatter Facebook page. There will be two prizes – one for my Australian and New Zealand followers, and one for my international followers. For my local followers, I will put together a craft pack- including a vintage tatting book and Alenalea thread, that I will post to you. The ever increasing price of international postage means that the International prize will be a selection of PDF tatting patterns, that can be delivered by email to you.

The threads and PDF patterns will come from Alenalea’s Etsy shop . The International winner will get the 2015 snowflakes pattern and have a choice of 2 other patterns from Alenalea’s store. I have organised to pay for these patterns on your behalf and email them to you. Once again- this is a hobby blog and I have no commercial motive, only that I would like to support local and international tatters. Thanks to the lovely Lea for letting me gift her patterns in this round-about way.

For the local winner – I have added a photo of the books I will give away below. I will also include some of Lea’s lovely threads (from my stash) and some beads and little tatting knit knacks.


To enter: please answer the question by commenting below, or on the One Mad Tatter Facebook page under the post where this link is shared. The prize will be drawn next Sunday, November 20th at 16.00 (4pm) Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time. I will list all of your names in the order you have commented, assign a number and get my random number generator (AKA my son, Little Tacker) to pick a number. I will announce the winner on the facebook page and blog on Sunday November 20th,  after the draw.

THE QUESTION: I wonder what is your favourite pattern to make and why? It may be a tatting pattern, or another craft.

In other news: Recently, I did enjoy test tatting and making Alenalea’s little christmas tree 🙂 This was made in size 50 Altin Basak threads, with some seed beads and a little bell added. They would make a nice earring in this size, although I think I will add some ribbon and use it as an ornament alongside some little Angels from last year.



So, good luck with your entries, and I look forward to reading and responding to your comments.

As always, happy tatting,

Fiona T


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Keep on tatting…

I haven’t blogged for a while as work and study have been very busy lately. In my precious down time I have been knitting and tatting.  Below are pictures of a knitted owl hat, that I reworked 3 times before it looked right.  It is still a little bit small for me, so might be washed and re-gifted to a lucky teen. I will scale up the pattern as I quite enjoyed knitting it.

I also made Miranda’s ice crystal snowflake from some beautiful Alenalea Rako thread. There was enough challenge that I enjoyed making it. It took just under 12m of size 40 thread…really lovely. *Update: http://tattingfool.blogspot.com.au/p/my-tatting-patterns.html this is the link to the free pattern page at Miranda’s blog- tatting fool, thanks Miranda for sharing such a beautiful pattern.

Speaking of Alenalea…she has also been busy creating a new pattern which I test tatted for her, of a 3D christmas tree ornament/ earrings. As usual, it is a very clever design! I hope to blog more about this experience soon.

Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T


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Vintage tatted collar

I have wanted to make a tatted collar for a while now, but didn’t really have anyone to give it to. Recently one of my blogging friends posted a photo of herself wearing a lace collar- so the time seemed right to offer to make one for her. I went through a few of my tatting books and sent pictures of three different collars. The chosen collar was a vintage pattern, Paragon learn to tat, petals collar on page eight. I chose a vibrant colour (Altin Basak size 50, colour 334) and set about tatting a little each day. It took a few weeks of chipping away, but I finished the collar last weekend. It has been posted and well received! 

As usual, I like to send a letter and a treat with a package. The parcel is below.

I’m pleased that I have been able to make this collar and that the colour looks so good, sometimes it’s hard to predict when many vintage patterns are pictured in white. It has also been nice to spread some crafty love to a person who does so much for others. 

I wonder when you have shared some crafty goodness? Feel free to share in the comments below.  

Until next time, happy tatting 

Fiona T 


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