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The last Tat it and See from Jane

Well, I tried to make it last as long as I could, but I finished off the tat it and see (TIAS) this weekend. The cute little mermaid is finished. A huge thanks to Jane Eborall for once again planning, designing, diagramming and hosting this fun little project.  Here is a picture of my little mermaid, with her flowing green hair.

The images below shoe the progression of the project since January, when the pattern was released in small parts over on the TIAS blog. The guessing game that runs along side the pattern release is also fun to follow, with some creative tatters making images and poems to share their ideas too.

Did you take part in the TIAS this year? Feel free to link to your own blog in the comments to share your experiences too.

Until next time,

Happy tatting

Fiona T




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Jane’s 2018 TIAS begins 

Well it’s that time of year again, Jane Eborral has just launched the 2018 Tat It And See (TIAS).

Here is the link for the Day 1 pattern https://janeeborall.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/day-1.html

And a link to the TIAS blog, so you can follow along as people progress: https://tatitandsee.blogspot.com.au/ 

For those who are new: the TIAS is a pattern which Jane shares in little parts every few days. What we are actually making is a mystery, which leads to a guessing game along side the pattern release.  Jane encourages us to take pictures as we go along and send them into her to share on the TIAS blog. It is a wonderful international event for tatters. You can pick up your shuttles and join in too!

Here is my work so far:

Have you joined in with the TIAS before?

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T


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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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Day 12 TIAS 2015- nearly finished! (and day 13- now finished…)

wpid-2015-02-07-17.24.01.jpg.jpegI’ve been enjoying Jane’s TIAS again this year, and here is the picture of day 12- a sweet pair of tatted scissors. What a nice idea for any crafter! We are nearly finished, as you can see, and it has been lovely looking through people’s pictures and progress over the last few weeks. So do have a look at Jane’s TIAS blog 🙂 Jane has just posted the final day’s pattern- so I’d better pop over and download it 🙂

Ok- updated post a few minutes after publishing- here is my finished TIAS 2015- still have to sew in ends: wpid-2015-02-07-19.47.24.jpg.jpeg

Happy Tatting

Fiona T



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Three times as Amusing- my finished Amusement doilies

Here is a picture of my three finished Amusement doilies, made as part of a tat along on Facebook. These doilies are quite quick to make up, and as I have been on holidays I was able to work on them for more time each day than I usually do. I made two as ‘twins’ with colours my mum has in a smocked sampler above the table these are made for (The colours on the ‘twin’ doilies are Altin Basik size #50, and Ecru is Milford Mercerised size #40. The Pink and Brown doily has pink Milford mercerised size#40, while the brown is Lizbeth size #40, Mocha Brown dark). After doing the first 2 I really thought the section between row 2 and 3 looked like paw prints, so I made a third to show that idea! I wonder if you can see the cheeky/muddy paw prints on the otherwise ‘clean’ doily 🙂 3 finished ammusement doilies

This has been a very amusing journey! Did you join in this tat along? Have you completed another tat along- like Renuleks, perhaps? Feel free to add links to your blog/pictures in the comments below.

If you would like to be involved in the TIAS that Jane runs, the day 3 pattern segment was released – http://tatitandsee.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/day-3-now-available.html so pop over and have a look, it would be great to see what we make 🙂

Until next time, happy tatting.

Fiona T


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TIAS 2013 and other thoughts

The last few weeks haven’t allowed much time for tatting, with my main focus on completing TIAS 2013. My completed pram is below, and it was once again great to be a part of. I liked guessing (even though I was wrong) and the guesses have given me ideas for future designs and possible projects too.

Tias 2013 finished pram

This week one of my dear friends gave me an apron (pictured below) that her great-grandmother made. It is fairly simple gingham fabric, jazzed up with lively braid and bold embroidery. I feel quite honoured that she thought to pass this to me, not just because of my love of all things purple, but that she has trusted me to use and look after this. It got me thinking about my box of treasures that my great aunts, and my Nana made. So this morning I have dug out the box and photographed these treasures to share with you all.

These 2 are from my Great Aunts, a guest towel with a shell embroidered and a small tatted doily. The doily is similar to those commercially made today, but is different enough that I think one of my Aunts handmade this, as opposed to buying it.

Here is an oval doily one of my Great Aunts made, that my Nana often used for her scone and biscuit trays. It looks very delicate in Ecru. I think the pattern for this is in the only vintage book that was passed through to me.

I must check with Mum as to the story here, I think Mum embroidered this table-cloth for her ‘glory box’ before she was married…it has come to me as it is purple!

These doilies and tray cloths were embroidered by my Nana, and then she crocheted the edges. As Nana got older her patience for craft waned, and embroidery was one of the few things that she still enjoyed doing. We (my sisters and I) would buy her the tray cloth/doily kits through out the year, and she would complete the pieces and give then back to us. Her stitching was always immaculate, even taking these photos I had to check which side was the ‘show’ side. These give me joy when I look at them, and I really should put them to use in my house again. I have hoarded a few new tray clothes, under the illusion that I will embroider them and tat edges for gifts….one day I might.

So there are a few of the treasures I hang on to from one side of my family. I know my Great Aunts on my dad’s side of the family were brilliant seamstresses too, but I don’t know what has happened to the lovely dolls clothes and linen they made. Possibly they are in cupboards somewhere with my cousin’s families and will resurface one day to be enjoyed too. I wonder what some of your family treasures are, and if you pack them away or enjoy using them?

Until next week

Fiona T


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TROVE and TIAS: Two Tatting Projects brought to you by the letter ‘T’

I may not have been blogging much the last few weeks, but I have been busy tatting and working. I also got an offer for my study in the PhD program, so have been excitedly enrolling also. You can read more about my studies in my other blog: My Paperless PhD.

So what has been keeping my occupied in tatting? First TROVE, which I have written about before. I have been plugging away at editing patterns and decided I would print off the PDF and text version and try one of the patterns myself. Another Tatter, Jon, is also doing this and blogging about it. I am so enjoying seeing these older patterns in vibrant colours I was a bit inspired by her . I only found one error in the pattern, a missing picot. Here is the link:   Tatting with two threads http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/23591180  The pattern for the third round is in a different text box on the same page, click on comments once you get to the right TROVE page, we have explained how to find it to print.

And here is a picture of the test tatting. It is really pretty! It was a beginner pattern, so was quite easy. I used some beautiful lisbeth 40 thread, and have resolved to buy more colours because it is just so smooth.

The other fun project that has just begun is TIAS (tatt it and see) from Jane Eborall. The idea is that part of the pattern is released every few days and you ‘tatt along’ and try to guess what will be tatted. Jane is also kind enough to spend most of the day checking her email for photos of each stage of our work, then she adds them to the TIAS blog. I am enjoying seeing everyone’s work, thread colours and shuttles. There are such lovely shuttles out there…I have ordered a few more aero shuttles (thanks Crochet Australia for the special order) and am going to try and ‘pretty’ them up.

There is still time to jump in and try this, as we are only up to day 3 of the pattern. I managed to muck up my one last night, I should have known my brain was tired, and I flipped the stitches on my SCMR (self-closing mock ring) instead of leaving them unflipped…so got a bit of a tangled mess. I will re-tatt the whole piece today and get back on track. I did learn, however, to make ‘faux picots’ and these looked good.

Here are my pictures from my first 3 days:

Oh, and you can see my lovely new shuttle, from emsy-jane on ETSY….I have already ordered another one. I only miss the hook a little bit, but most of my projects now use at least 2 shuttles, so I will just use the hook on another shuttle when needed.

Happy Tatting!

Fiona T



January 16, 2012 · 1:14 pm

TIAS 2012 Tatting patterns with the added ‘fun’ factor

Tatting patterns with the added ‘fun’ factor.

via TIAS 2012 Tatting patterns with the added ‘fun’ factor.

Jane Eborall is running this challenge again this year. Last year I found this challenge mid-year, and so really only followed through the blog. I am so excited as this year I should be able to be part of it. It will start this week (10/1/12)  and I have downloaded the practice pattern today, and only need to learn the continuous join method.

So what about you? Do you want to be involved in this challenge? Click on the link at the top of this post and have a look….it should be lots of fun.

Fiona T

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