Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tatting up a Storm!

I am having such a wonderful time basking in the presence of my Mother and Father in law who are enjoying their third of three weeks of a visit here.  How wonderful to be the one to lick the beaters of whip cream just like when I was a kid, and to watch Mom in the kitchen.  She’s an accomplished cook of all things “comfort” and I’m lapping it all up.  Unfortunately its work to keep a balance because I have an issue with a sore heel which inhibits me from working out as much as I would like.  I do have an appointment with a podiatrist who specializes in sports injuries so that soon I will be able to know what I can and cannot do.  Anyways…




I’m taking advantage of some “sit-around” time to tackle some tatting projects.  This is the most challenging so far – a choker and earrings set I designed (in my head) and then carried out.  I used a very simple repeat of split rings (3 ds, bead, sm P, bead 3 ds – both sides, close.  Add another bead in between each picot.  decrease each row by 2 rings, making sure you start with an odd number so it will come to a point)   and added beads in, two things I needed practice on.  The beads are all a tear down from a piece of costume jewellery I bought at a yard sale recently.  Somehow it all just came together and I still have extra “gems” for another project.  I know that I will learn how to finish projects off a little nicer in the future and I have more ideas for the future. 







I’m happy my daughter was here to model it for me for its really hard to judge how it looked on myself.  I’ve already been dreaming of my next project!

Ahh – I almost forgot, I took a macro of this tatted butterfly I made (its about as big as a quarter in real life) and turned it into an element for my digital scrapbooking visitors.  I created the elements to be about 3 inches in size.    Feel free to re-use it as you like, though it would be nice for you to credit me! 




Just click on the preview to download.  I’d just LOVE to see how you use this if you could send me a link to your projects.


  1. Hope you get your sore heel sorted soon.

    Beautiful work - and what a beautiful model too :)

    Take care, and continue to enjoy your visitors.

  2. Oh, nice necklace on a lovely model! You are really doing well at that tatting. I tried once but Mom couldn't remember how to do it and I couldn't figure it out from the book. So that was that!

    We have company too and D is in his 2nd week of work.

    Coolish here.

  3. wow ...what a beautiful project and Mel shows it off beautifully. Girl you are so talented. Glad to hear you are getting some time off that heel...and getting spoiled. I know you and Miles love the visit from mom and dad. Chat to you you


  4. Very pretty choker, and so is the model.

  5. Oh Beautiful necklace!!!! If I were a lesser woman I'd steal the idea lol.


  6. Hello lovely lady, sweet friend ... I've been out of the loop again and saw you had just posted and wanted to stop in to say hello!

    WOW! You have been busy girl! Love your tatting and I find it amazing how some of my good friends here in Scrapland are stepping back into some of their beloved crafts from back in the day!

    Barb, your daughter is SO beautiful and she wears your creations wonderfully! WOOT!

    We have a new house guest who shall be with us for some time, so I've not been on the computer much the past several weeks. I'm SO happy that you have had this special time with your mom and dad and that you are getting pampered with your mom in the kitchen!

    I hope your heel heals (LOL!) quickly sweetheart and thank you for sharing the pretty tatted butterfly with me!

    Take care of your sweet self and enjoy this last week with your parents!

    Much love,
    Linda XOXO

  7. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on May. 27, 2010. Thanks again.

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [27 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Dye is so much fun!!!! You do need to be careful because some vintage threads are not as strong due to age, but you just have to try and see. I use Procion MX dyes, it's a cold water process, but you do have to be careful with the chemicals. If you know of Yarnplayer (Marilee) I started learning from a tutorial she had on her blog.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. Aunty Barb!!!!! You did an absolutly beautiful job on you necklace/earring set and just as everyone else has said Mel is absolutly so beautiful.
    Glad to hear you are getting some R&R.

    Lots of love

  11. Hello and Thank you for this tatted butterfly...

  12. Love the butterflies! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thank you for the darling butterflies!

  14. AnonymousMay 28, 2010

    My best friend's mother used to tat. I had never heard of it before then. THANK YOU SO MUCH for these beautiful examples!!!!

  15. You are so talented... beautiful necklace and of course daughter.


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