5 March 2012


A week or two ago I had an email from Sherry (Ladyshuttlemaker) asking me to test tat something for her for her new book.  Now being as I was towards the end of sorting out 'stuff' to submit for Palmetto I said yes.

Well she sent the files and my heart dropped!!!  NOT a technique I've ever really given much time to or ever wanted to!!  Certainly NOT one that I've ever tried.    I've done the odd drawing for Georgia along those lines but never wanted to try it.  I really, really wished I'd not offered!!!!!  But, as I'd promised I had to give it a whirl.

Now Sherry's book is mostly based on EXCELLENT pictures with not too much text.  As you know I'm a 'gobby' sort of person and talk a lot.  A real challenge was this test tat.  

The result?  I'm now HOOKED on this technique and really enjoyed what I did with it.  Sherry's pictures/instructions are fantastic and by the time I did the second piece I was wondering why the OG had never wanted to do it before.  Part of the fascination for ME was the use of colour.  Well done, Sherry, you've got an OG converted to this technique and those patterns.  Not sure when the book will be out but I'll be in the queue.

This is what Sherry sent me as a 'thank you'.  WOWEEE - don't you just love the colours.  Zing a ding, ding.  You can find more in her Etsy shop here.  These two are called 'Bell Peppers' (on the left) and 'Rose Petals'


  1. You are so brave! When Sherry asked for test-tatters, I just knew my brain wasn't up to the challenge. I can hardly wait for the book to be published!

    Lovely threads! I just pulled out some HDT last night. I just love HDT!

  2. Lovely threads, and test tatting is fun, I think.

  3. bravo, jane, you've out challenged yourself! great rewards for being brave. enjoy your HDTs.

  4. Aren't Sherry's threads fun?
    I love her stuff.

  5. What gorgeous thread, love the colours, I am also test tatting for someone, 100's of beads my heart also did a complete stop when I saw the pattern. I think Sherrys would have been easier.
    Well done on taking on sherry's pattern, already looking forward to seeing her new book.

  6. I don't mind test tatting for you, but just could not do it for anyone else, don't have enough confidence.
    Love the HDT

  7. What was the technique??

  8. Hi Cat_82 0 it's encapsulation. I now see it's benefits and it's an exciting idea. Sherry's book REALLY does make it easy to understand and to do.

  9. ooo.. never heard of that before. some research is in order.

  10. How did I miss this post? I can't believe it's Thursday already...somehow I've lost four days on blogger, well, I guess I've been a tad busy. Harumph! Thank you for the praise. Praise from you is high praise indeed!

  11. More on encapsulation is posted online:


    Congratulations on the book Sherry. I look forward to seeing it soon.

  12. Thanks for the links, 584d3cc8-37b9-11e0-b37e-000bcdca4d7a. I've seen these before and have two Helma books. Sherry's book takes this idea a lot further and it's SO easy and clear to understand too.


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