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1,800 followers give away

With all of the exciting things happening in the tatting world more people have found my blog and associated facebook page. When I checked this morning the facebook page was up to 1,806 followers. So, to share my excitement I am going to have a little giveaway.


Here are the four books which I will post to the winner of the giveaway**.

Two are vintage publications, one is a recent reprint of a vintage publication and the hard cover ‘new dimensions in tatting’ is an ex-library copy of 1994 reprint. Some really great patterns in these books and ideas for taking tatting in different directions too. These books all have lovely items, and I have made things from most of them- for example: the anchor doily I made for my sister is a republished pattern from the ‘Coats 1088- learn tatting’ book on the right; The tatted collar I made for a christmas present is from ‘Coats 660 Learn Tatting (middle back); and one of my favourite handkerchief edgings is from the re-printed ‘tatting 2 more doilies and edges’.

Details on how to enter: The books in the prize pack have some of my favourite tatting patterns in them. In the comments below on the blog or on this facebook post please let me know–  What is your favourite tatting pattern at the moment? 

Only relevant comments on the blog will be counted in the random choosing of the winner, and all comments will be moderated before publishing (to keep spam out). Winner will be drawn and announced on Sunday February 4th, 2018 at 4pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) – so you have over a week to enter.

Looking forward to reading your comments 🙂

Best of luck and happy tatting

Fiona T

**I have purchased all of these books personally. There is no business motive for this giveaway. Three of the items are second hand books, and have some wear as expected with vintage/second hand pattern books. Each comment on the blog and facebook page will count as a separate entry. The order of comments will be noted and my son will choose the winner using a random number generator. The giveaway is open to all followers with an address I can post to. I will contact the winner via email/facebook messenger and announce on the facebook page and blog, you will have three days to respond otherwise the prize will be re-drawn.



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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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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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Metal boye shuttle and Doily -EBay find


I was excited a few weeks ago to come across this on EBay, a metal shuttle, thread and a mostly made doily for AUS$5. I couldn’t resist and bought it! When it arrived I was excited to see that the shuttle is new, and as it is my first metal shuttle I am quite pleased with it. I haven’t used it yet, but hope to soon. The doily is unfinished, and is the myth pattern I am familiar with and have made a couple of times now. My first thought was to finish it, but the thread sent with the shuttle is not the same as that used for the doily. I am contemplating cutting away the final round so far and using another colour to complete the final round as a contrast. There was also a little butterfly and flower in the package. Quite a bargain for what I paid 🙂 It goes to show that regularly checking sites like EBay can yield some good finds, you really just need to be patient 🙂

Until next time- which will likely be the 500 liker celebration giveaway-

Happy tatting

Fiona T


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Tatted Baubles- 2014 installment of the story

In a recent post I alluded to ‘Christmas baubles’ being a story for another time– well, here is the story. A few years ago I bought a bulk lot of colourful Christmas Baubles from a clearance sale, with the intention of tatting covers for them as gifts for family and friends. Here is a link to the post. I had left a box of six with my Mum, who had crocheted a few and decorated some with sequins too. When the DMC book arrived I was inspired again to begin some baubles for gifts next year. Of course this recent post from Sharon also inspired me to have a few smaller projects on the go all year too. So, I began to hunt through my house for where I had stored the several remaining boxes of baubles. For over 2 weeks I turned every cupboard inside out- and still no baubles. I checked with Mum, and she only had the one box (and had decorated them too- much better than me 🙂 ). It was by chance, on Christmas Eve, that my son asked about an old ‘jack in the box’ toy of mine. While retrieving the toy from the back of yet another cupboard, I found the bag containing the remaining boxes of baubles- a ‘Christmas miracle’ in my mind.

On Christmas night I pulled out the DMC book and began making a cover for the first bauble:bauble in progress 2014

I have made the top and the bottom, and am working on the ‘middle’ band that will join them. I think this first one will be for me- as it is purple, and there are a couple of mistakes in it. The next few I will do in white thread – I think they look a bit more striking that way. I will take Sharon’s advice and try to work on one each week – though I am sure I will shift this over the year to one a month- but will still have 12 baubles complete by the end of the year, so that won’t be too bad overall.

All the best for a relaxing holiday period.

Happy tatting

Fiona T


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Doilies gifted- and amazing plates.

Remember the second anchor doily I made for my sister, the one that had the “tatting miscount leads to tatting disaster” post? I had tried to block it, then given up and put it in the cupboard in my craft room. I found it 2 days ago, while looking for my Christmas baubles (another story for another time). My mum had suggested that I starch this doily to take advantage if it’s hyperbolic edges, so I decided that is what I would do.


By using a cylinder under each edge, I blocked the doily again. It looked ok 🙂 . I took it to my mum’s when my sister was visiting too. She was pleased. Mum thought she had a ceramic plate that she had made years ago that might fit the doily…and came back with this one.


Perfect! The curve of the plate matches the shape of the doily. My sister was delighted, two unexpected gifts!

The triangle doily, that I made with my milward shuttle, I decided to gift to my mum, as I recalled she had a triangle ceramic plate too (mum has fabulous crockery- something for every occasion).


We were both pretty excited when this doily seemed to have been made to measure too! Two doilies, two plates, and two happy family members 🙂
Until next time, happy tatting!
Fiona T.


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Over 300 likers- celebration ‘craftpack’ give away.


The 2 identical tatting craft packs – to be given away to two lucky people who comment – one here on the blog, and one on Facebook!

Wow- it has been a busy week out our house. It was also a busy week for the facebook page for onemadtatter blog – we are at over 300 likers. That has jumped from around 250 a week ago. So I have cleaned out my stash* and have 2 identical (except for colour of thread and shuttles) tatting craft packs (pictured above) I will also add chocolate before posting. You will need to comment on the blog post or on the facebook page (under the link to the blog post). Yes- I will post internationally (I am based in Australia). There will be one winner chosen from each forum – that is one commenter from the blog and one from Facebook – if you comment on both you have double the chance 🙂  Next Saturday- November 22nd at 5pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) I will put names into a list and use a random number generator to pick the winners. I will announce these on this blog and through facebook after the draw.

One of my greatest triumphs in tatting was mastering the flip- it took a long time for me to do this as I was learning from books, before you-tube and internet could show me. For more about this learning journey see this post.

So my question to you – what do you think is your greatest craft triumph? I can’t wait to read about it 🙂

Until next time, thanks for your support and happy crafting

Fiona T

*Items in this giveaway are from my craft ‘stash’ – all items were purchased by myself and stored in my pet free, smoke free home. The vintage tatting books are in good second hand condition. All other items are new.


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300 liker give away….the winner is!

The winners of the craft packs have been drawn. Thanks to everyone who entered, your stories and craft triumphs were a joy to read. Thanks also for the positive feedback on the blog in general- it is nice to be able to share my crafting journey with you all. So…(*Drum roll*) the winners are:


Blog Comment: Helen (Please get in touch through facebook- or comments here)

Facebook comment: Tammy G. (I have messaged you via facebook- check your “other” folder)

Please contact me within 3 days, or I will redraw the craft pack.

This week I have been snowed under at work (figuratively speaking, because we have had some hot weather this week in Melbourne), but have finished off a set of the Hydrangea Doilies from “New Tatting” Tomoko Morimoto’s book. I love this book, the colours are fabulous and inspiring. I still have to block the doilies, but here is a picture- they are simple, delicate and pretty. I think they will make a lovely Christmas present 🙂 10522735_795664550480282_733047507224163210_n Thanks for your support. I have had such fun I think I will do another giveaway at 400 likes…lets see how soon that is 🙂

As always, until next time – happy tatting

Fiona T


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Tatting miscount leads to tatting disaster…

I am working on a second doily for my sister, using the Anchor no. 20 doily pattern. I have cut away a couple of rounds as I seem to get complacent in working it this time. When I was getting to the final rows I felt like it was taking forever! Now I know why… I think the last row in green was miscounted, leading to too many purple rings…and resulting in eight sides on this doily instead of six. Yep- it’s a tatting disaster! 🙂


I hoped that blocking it may help, but it really hasn’t. So, now I need your advice please. Do I cut away to the purple row, and figure out the right count to keep this six sided? Do I cut away the green row too (as I was ‘clever’ and used continuous thread method and split chains to climb out of rows) ? Do I claim this as a frilly, one of a kind, eight sided doily, and start a new one for my sister, over again?
At any rate, I think I will put this aside for now and work on something from my new books. Looking forward to your advice.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T


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My advice for finishing that last ‘tricky join’ on tatting

One of the things that stumped me when I started to tat was how to make the very last join. For the first few times this would make me quite anxious, as I didn’t want to twist and lock the joins in the very last stitches. One of the things I still manage to do is to get so engrossed in the pattern that I forget to make the last few joins, and have to retro-tat, or cut away the last repeat and re-do it.

Today I was finishing a lovely vintage pattern from: Paragon Tatting book No 112, page 9: Occasional Doily. I have made this pattern in green before, and really like it’s simplicity and that it isn’t round. I thought I would use the opportunity to take some photos to help beginner tatters to conquer this final join more easily.

First, lay your work out and check the place where it should join.


The pattern you will have to follow will deviate a little from the printed pattern, and you will need to think about how you will join the last rings and chains so you keep the pattern true. Here I am joining the second to last chain to the first ring (in the pattern the ring was made after this chain in every repeat). This closes off the free ‘end’ of the doily- keep an eye in where your threads are as they can end up getting tangled or knotted into the work as you tat. wpid-2014-06-21-11.56.17.jpg.jpeg

I usually end up working this part a bit awkwardly – it is tatting I wouldn’t attempt in public! Continue on with the second to last chain.


Next I complete the final ring in the motif, and the join to the beginning of this motif makes the work that bit more awkward – you need to be careful you don’t twist the threads. Close this ring as normal.


You may notice that the working threads are now on opposite sides of the work, and can see clearly in the picture below that the ‘free end’ of the doily edge is now closed in. The final chain needs to be made, and so some of the ball thread can be pulled through to make the chain and join as in the normal pattern.  wpid-2014-06-21-12.01.05.jpg.jpeg

Make the final chain, and if you have been careful the work will sit flat and the final chain join to the base of the first ring will be barely noticeable.


Now, simply sew in the last ends (if you have used the magic thread technique this sewing may not be necessary) and block the finished doily 🙂

wpid-2014-06-21-12.04.56.jpg.jpegSo a few minutes of careful concentration will make sure the final join doesn’t destroy your doily 🙂  I suggest practicing on smaller things like bookmarks and motifs first.

As always Happy Tatting 🙂

Fiona T




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