10 April 2013

Practical Crafts January 1994

Well, well, well.  Another magazine that ran my patterns back in 1994.  These earrings came about when I found it was becoming too expensive to buy earrings to amuse my reception classes!!!  This was obviously a long time ago and nowadays I'd probably use different techniques to make them.  In fact some of my doodles have developed from these early beginnings.

No, that's not me - either on the cover or modeling the earrings.  Mind if it was a black cat it might've been me in a previous incarnation.  Oh, on second thoughts - I would've been it's owner.  A witch!!!  Probably still am when you're not watching me!!!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I've lost track of how many publications your patterns have been in! I'm thrilled to say I've actually met some very famous tatters!

Maureen said...

Well it looks as though it COULD have been you! I had never heard of tatting in those days, I used to knit all the time-I'd love to see a few patterns in the magazines I buy today!

Ladytats said...

Oh fun! I love seeing the beginning of your career as a professional tatter.
Those are cute earrings.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

It's so much fun reading these and again realizing it was almost 20 years ago. It's as if in the early 1990s tatting was reawakening from a restess slumber, and you were out there keeping it in the public eye while the internet was about to burst on the scene! I'm assuming, however, that you didn't have any feedback from those who may have made these cute earrings.

Jane Eborall said...

Definitely no feedback at all, Kathy. I also had to be sure not to use too many 'modern' techniques either as not many people had heard of split rings back then. I had the Mary Sue Khun book so learned them from that but as I'd got it from America I knew not many people in England would know them.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I would not have known about Mary Sue's book if it hadn't been for Teri Dusenbury's giving Mary Sue credit for bringing the concept out of the deep dark past; but it was slow to take hold, apparently. It was Teri's 'Hearts' book in 1994 and her patterns that helped generate interest in the split ring! I know I couldn't grasp it at first, but then found out it wasn't so scary after all. And what would we do without it now! Of course, you understood it right away, but no doubt the magazine readers would have been confused back then!

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