1 July 2022

Then temptation took over

I do like a challenge and there aren’t many left in tatting although there are things that don’t appeal to me so I’ve never taken up.  
As you know I go to a knitting group on a Friday morning and I've learned SUCH a lot from the girls there.  

One of them is knitting a top in the finest yarn I've ever seen and she's doing it from the top down.  This has been fascinating me for weeks so I decided to find a pattern.

No, I'm not using the finest yarn - I'm using what you can see below.  Bring on the challenge!!!

30 June 2022


As I mentioned on Tuesday I made a bookmark using the Sally's Cross pattern.

Now this thread I was given by a friend at the knitting group has gorgeous colours and temptation to use it quickly took over.  I've never been a 'fan' of perle thread but this was a pleasant surprise as I got on quite well with it.  

It's hand dyed which makes it more appealing to use too.  I'm now wondering if I ought to put this pattern on my site or just leave it for others to 'adapt' from the original cross?  Decisions, decisions!!!

29 June 2022

Progress on the waistcoat

Well that took some taking apart!  As you can see on the top photo below I got the zip out pretty easily but when I took the photo I was about to tackle the collar.  Sheesh.  That and the armhole facings were a struggle.  

The two photos in the middle are some scrap cotton fabric that I've 'stuck on' with wonder web over the holes for the original pockets.  I'll think about pockets when/if I finish the project.  The bottom photo is how the waistcoat looks now.

The next decision is how to make the patchwork to cover the fleece.  I need to look through my 'scrap stash' to see what would be the best size to use up all the bits and pieces I've got.  I don't want to start cutting into large pieces as that would be wasteful.  More another day.

28 June 2022

Sally's cross

Last week (or was it the week before) I wanted to make a bookmark with some thread that one of the knitting group gave me - so I could give it to her to prove that I do use my gifts.  More on that tomorrow.

I decided to adapt this pattern which is 20 years old.  

That was a BIG mistake!!!  Why?  Because I saw that the pattern needed updating.  So I made the cross (for another young lady who goes to my Tuesday group) and updated the pattern so that it's easier for an OG (old git) like me to understand.  This proves how much my pattern writing has changed over the years.  I do regularly review my work.  

27 June 2022

Monday moans x 2!

I was talking to another tatting friend the other day about the history of our craft - and what is known about it.  I just loved this saying that she sent me when we were discussing a matter that had occurred online when a relatively new tatter had broadcast something which wasn't actually right.  She (my friend) said that this is 'a case of someone who knows not that she knows not' which summed up the whole thing.

It seems to be happening more and more that people will come into the craft and assimilate a little thus become a self acclaimed 'expert'.  Humility is a wonderful thing.  I certainly do NOT count myself as an expert on tatting (or anything else for that matter) and will happily tell people that, although I've been doing it for rather a long time, I'm still learning.  I also approach others for confirmation (or otherwise) when I think I've stumbled on something new or when I do a technique page etc. for them to check it over.

The only piece of advice I could give to all new tatters is to study the craft and get a feeling for 'who did what and when' in the past.  

Another moan - yes, two for the price of one this Monday!!

The other day I was asked to help a‘ lady with a free pattern she'd found on the internet and I happily agreed.  I asked her to send the link or the pattern as it was 'free' and when I looked at it it was obvious (if she'd read to page 6) that this was a 'sale' pattern on Etsy.  

Sadly I had to tell her I couldn't help as it would be a copyright issue and suggested she contacted the seller.  I then told the seller that I'd been sent a 'free' pattern of hers and that I'd asked the person who wanted to make it to ask her for help.  

Now the interesting thing is - this pattern (or, rather, idea) was first shown in an Elgiva Nicholls book but the Etsy seller didn't know that.  Elgiva covered it in two sentences and the Etsy seller made it cover six pages.  This comprised of a WHOLE page for the title, another for the abbreviations, one for the pattern (text and diagram), another for a photo of the finished item and two more pages for copyright information etc.  I thought we were trying to save the planet for future generations.  What a lot of paper and ink - bring back Elgiva and the people who write patterns that are concise.

Time I got ready for 'Keep Fit'!!!!

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