Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tatting Correspondence in the 1810's

Corina kindly sent me some links to references to tatting in some ladies' letters in the 1810's.  I've done a cut and paste of part of the pages.  

Joanna Baillie was a poet and playwright born in Scotland.  Mary Cumming was an Irishwoman who had emigrated to Virginia.

Joanna had been given a length of tatting and asks her friend if she knows what tatting is.  Mary had just learned to tat and is describing how to do it as though her friend would not know how.  (Even then, as now, the beginner's difficulty in getting rings to close is noted as the hard part.)  

I can envision this as a time when the art of tatting was just starting to spread from person to person in the English speaking countries, while we know some decades were to pass before there would be published instructions.

I'm sorry the print on the clips is so small.  Here are links for closer looks at these pages:

Hamstead April 3rd 1819



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Palmetto Pictures, at last

I'll try to get back to blogging more often, sorry for taking so long.

I'm sure I've told you enough times how much I enjoy going to the Palmetto Tatdays every year.  Those who blog more regularly have already told you lots about this year's event.

This year I didn't teach and I really enjoyed the lack of stress from being just a student.  Sometimes I was the bad student, showing up late for class and making dumb mistakes from not reading the pattern closely enough.

I'm always so busy talking and tatting that I don't remember to take many pictures.  Here are a few I managed to get.

This was a lovely shawl that was donated to be auctioned.

A few pictures of friends.

An actual completed class project.  This pattern is Kosmos, by Karey Solomon. I always enjoy her classes.

Monday, October 16, 2017

So Far Behind -- More Yoke Pictures

I'm so far behind, and more disorganized as ever. Jane is well into posting all about the Fringe TatDays and I haven't even said anything about Palmetto yet.  I've done some Palmetto class projects, they must be around here somewhere. I think.

Anyhoo, someone asked for some closeups of the Phyllis Sparks yoke, so here you are until I can get myself better sorted out.

If you would like to see it modeled, see Jane's blog HERE.

Thursday, September 07, 2017


Well, here's the yoke, finished at last.  I took it off the blocking board Monday.  I wish I remembered when I started.  It took about 2 1/2 balls of DMC Cordonet size 50, or maybe 2 2/3.  It's hard to estimate partial balls.  It's been an interesting journey.

It just occurred to me, I should have measured the dimensions for you, but it's not coming out of the suitcase now.

And I'm all packed up ready to leave for Toccoa Tatdays in the morning, and it's only 2 am. That's what time I usually get home from work, so that's not bad at all. Wonder what I forgot to pack this time...

Monday, September 04, 2017

Tat a Con

Forgive me, but when I heard this year's Palmetto TatDay's theme was "Tat-a-Con," this was the first image that popped in my head. 

I didn't submit it to the logo contest because I figured it was Not-What-They-Had-In-Mind.

Anyway, I am so looking forward to wearing the T-shirt with Anitra's excellent design.

Just a few days left to go now, and I've got so much to do to get ready.

See you there.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sherry's Yoke

No, I'm not done yet, but Sherry, the Celtic Dreamweaver, shared this picture of one she made over 20 years ago and wore for a long time.  She must have bought the book when it was brand new.  I had thought about adding some small motifs to fill in some big open spaces, and I see she already did just that. Thanks for the picture Sherry!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Working Both Ends Toward the Middle

You will have noticed that the blogging has slowed down.  The blog finally caught up with where I was in real time with tatting the yoke.  

Some weeks I don't get hardly any tatting done, but I made good progress this past weekend.  Only 14 motifs to go!