Thursday 18 July 2024

inflate me roundup

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 Our May event saw few participants but the models are so special, highlighting their creative visualization and execution! Without much ado, alphabetically .....

Inflate Me Endrucks May2024 (#InflateMeEndrucks) in Endrucks 1920 Project FB group.

All patterns are from the book ‘Die Schiffchen-Spitszen’,1920, by Frau Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern, reworked in the Endrucks 1920 Project, 2020.

For all updates and important EP links . Check out the Directories for respective patterns (uninflated).

1. Anna Bonelli - is adept with both needle and shuttle. However, since there is a shuttle in the pic, it is safe to assume this beautiful decoration or pendant is done with shuttle. 

E10 - Zinnia Flower inflated 

2. Brookie Heightsmen - Always one to think divergently, she adapted two E41 motifs to create this cute beaded hot air balloon equipped with the tiny basket (probably from E44). "...up up and away in my beautiful balloon".
E41 - Motif inflated to Hot Air Balloon

3. Lella Loops - is an accomplished needle tatter. Here's what she says - "My small entry for #InflateMeEndrucks game, from pattern E28. It naturally tends to cup so I thought it was perfect. I insert a little organza pouch with dry lavender flowers. Liz metallic, needle 7."

E28 - Center motif inflated to Lavender Pouch

4. Manju Talekar - Manju joined us in late April and has already participated with such enthusiasm and talent in all our games since. She sent us 3 models and though they do not strictly conform to the rules of the game, we are most happy to showcase her beautiful works, all from E12.
E12 - Sky Blue Angel inflated
"From original Endrucks pattern #12, Angel in white, I modified the skirt with a lace pattern in round and more flare. In the Wings added some small picots in between the large ones. I found it difficult to take a picture showing three dimensional pattern."

E12 - Sky Blue Angel inflated to 3D Bell
"My submission, a bell, Based on Endruck’s pattern #12 & adaptations by Krystyna Mura, tatted in round with little modification in stitch count for rings."

E12 - Sky Blue Angel inflated to 3D Earrings
"Endrucks Pattern #12 & adaptation with diagram by Krystyna Mura. Just a Ear Dangling, still working on the second one. I think it needs some more refinement, got some ideas while making...
Deliberately made in flag colours, it shows how easily it can be adapted to other colours.

5. Margaret Davies - is a real trooper! Despite life getting solidly in the way, she adamantly whipped out this cute 3D butterfly from E32. Notice how the minimal joins give it an open and relaxed appearance.
E32 - Life is Bliss butterfly inflated
"At last I manage to make another butterfly, this is a 3D butterfly of Life is Bliss butterfly,
Originally I put a bead in the middle of the onion ring, somewhere the bead did not like the middle, it might have been too big, this time I tried again the photo is not easy to take, so I hope you can see it is 3D I put two butterflies together next time I am going to try some beads.

6. Muskaan - I've already said all I had to in my respective posts (links under each pic). This inflation became so addictive that my entries inflated to 3! And the third one (tree) has 3 motifs instead of 2.
E38 - Light Aircraft or 3D Lobster inflated

E15 - Leaf Doodle version 1 inflated

7. Ninetta Caruso - quickly tatted a model for our game before it was announced so that we had a range of possible ideas to inspire participants! A master of miniature, later she tatted the cutest little coin purse.
E30 - Square inflated to Biscornu Pin Cushion

Her work in progress. Gives us an idea of how tiny her pin cushion is! And its all handmade!

Keeping the E30 Square pattern intact, she merely added a ring at each corner to span the puffed pin cushion. This modification is inked in the above image.

E10 - Motif inflated to Coin Purse

E10 - Coin Purse with coin inside 
With the flap closed, can you see the owl I see?

E10 - Coin Purse open.

8. Ulrike Klauser - joined us from Switzerland a few months back and has demonstrated some beautifully tatted pieces nicely displayed. You can see her lovely tatting (including some Endrucksian) in her new multilingual site -
She chose the Slim angel from the E7 pair of Slim and Chubby Angels for this game. She inserted organza inside and placed it on a postcard for a beautiful backdrop! 

E7 - The Slim Angels

E7 - The Slim Angel inflated 
Doesn't it appear as if the angel is having a blast flying across the lit sky! It's also a good idea for a Flying Kite.

To sum up, we had 8 participants submitting 13 models. And the range is quite wonderful!

Our hearts are inflated with joy and satisfaction at seeing these amazing models! Hope these re-interpretations inspire in future, too.  Many thanks from Ninetta and me.💗

Monday 15 July 2024

so many

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 Quite by chance I noticed that this is my 912th post since starting in Dec 2013. So many posts, hmmm, and yet not enough coz there are so many more that haven't yet seen this space. Hopefully in time. Today's post also shows the many potential forms the simple E43 petal from my last post can take. Many of these shapes were suggested by keen observers (listed at the end)! So many eyes :-)))

It is difficult to photograph a 3D model and I truly wish I could've done a better job or taken a video. Nevertheless, ... 

Please Note that in the right colours, with the right number of petals, and if and where the petals are joined, a range of flower impressions can be achieved, besides other shapes. Hence I am calling this a E43 3D Generic Flower. I still need to tat in the stem, pistil, sepals, etc. For pattern details - . I will share the specific petal/flower pattern soon.

In the following, the join is made at the side of petal and at the base.

1. Three petals joined, curved inwards. In the right colours, it could be a spiderwort, a buttercup, a tulip (with unattached petals). And how about a butterfly (2 or 4 petal wings)?!
TIP: When joined, the petals (and flower) hold their shape though each one can be pushed in or out. If left unattached, stiffening or some wire would be needed to hold the petals in place.
2. Two petals facing each other. Could be a flower bud, pendant, fairy light bulbs, or even a strawberry!

3. Two petals could also become a clam shell, oyster with pearl, or a tulip bud. Perhaps even a little gift pouch.

4. Two petals. Now this reminds me of an open-mouthed crocodile. Or castanets? Perhaps even a pair of oven mitts.

5. Two petals, another angle. These pics were taken at night when I was too lazy to get some pearls to insert inside. 

6. This is the 3rd petal. Now the entire flower with any number of petals and joined only at the sides and base, can be tatted in one pass, provided the outermost row is worked in one go at the very end. I had to tat this separately since there wasn't any forethought, LOL.

7. Single petal (#3) without the outermost additional trim around the rings. With beads and gems it would make a lovely pendant or earring.
TIP: For a more rounded tip, remove the middle ring of the trefoil.

8. Three petals joined. Don't you see a butterfly?

9. Three petals joined, facing inward. Same flower, but upended. Could be any number of decorative embellishment or jewellery. Perhaps even a candle decoration at the base.

10. Three petals joined and curved outwards. With the right number and colour of petals, and additional pistils, etc., this really would make a nice hibiscus or petunia.
11. And I have to share the lead pic again coz Anita saw this ... 
"This looks like a frightened lady. Can you see her? Her lavender eyes are wide open & picots look like eye lashes, and her orange mouth is open wide, with her orange hair standing straight up.
Or, an Alien. Hmmmm. What’s in my coffee today? Hahaha.
The lady in the petals.
Spell-bound flower, maybe?"

And what do You see? 
Giving credit to my friendly eyes ... what each one saw ...
  • Pendant - Maria Burgo & Vani Kattoju
  • Shell - Jane McLellan
  • Tulip - Ninetta Caruso, Anita Barry
  • Petunia, Hibiscus - Anita Barry
  • Open umbrella for a clown - Anita Barry
  • Spiderwort - Ninetta Caruso
Further, Ninetta has this to say -
"The E43 is like a festoon imho, you had a great idea to extract petals! This pattern has that last double chain over the rings, it "close" the drawing, something that is not present in the E14 even it is similar. So E43 makes a better petal than E14 (or E10)."

 Thanks for all the friendly suggestions and nudges, ladies! There can never be too many!

Friday 12 July 2024

what the heart wants

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.... the heart follows! I hadn't planned on playing the game of this month - Pattern Me Endrucks (July2024) because I wanted to focus on other tasks and had told Ninetta. Yet the heart yearns and one gives in to that knotty call. 

E43 Pattern pdf

Some entries have already come in and wow, each of the participants has seen a different aspect in this motif and followed that direction! Can you blame my heart for wanting to join them? I could see an orange segment, but you know my penchant for complicating my life. So, while not a very unique idea or shape, I decided to go for a 3D flower.

Mind you, this is a prototype with a few mistakes, lots of retro-tatting, and Dr. Downplay ruling. Hopefully the next petals will turn out better.

My goal was to deviate as less as possible from the original pattern. 

My Notes, TIPS, and Future Ideas 

Since I wanted to work with two colours, here's how I started without a tying the threads together -

A] Started with false CTM, pulling out a short length (A). from the shuttle.
B] Attached a marker/luggage tag loop to the starter picot (B).
C] Using A as core thread, finger-tat the chain using thread (C) from shuttle for the stitches.
D] 2nd shuttle with thread in another colour was added at the end of the chain. The A thread is cut short and hidden in the next element (tat over tails).

  • The tatting proceeds from right to left, unlike the diagram. I think the reason could be that if one direct tats the chain (reverse stitches), it will proceed from right to left. This dawned on me when I noticed the inset diagram showing the start! The written instructions are for normal tatting.
  • As it turns out, on reaching the other end, I decided to keep the chain maroon, hence you can see the colour difference between left and right.
  • In order to position colours lots of Reverse Join (RJ) is used.
  • Midways I decided to use the Catherine Wheel Join (CWJ). However I was tatting the return chain backside. I have done the CWJ from the back before, several times, including my cheat trick of a half-stitch shift! However this time I watched Marilee Rockeley recent video CWJ from the back side

  • The outer row of chains is done with Victorian sets or zigzag tatting. Continued down.
  • The left chain was made first and is a bit longer than needed.
  • I decided to use the small motifs on the sides (in original pattern) to cover some of the negative space. Added a 3rd colour to make the twin rings and cut off the thread. I've deliberately left short tails instead of hiding them.
  • Then picking up the original shuttles I continued with the chains to complete the first petal.
The shuttles are still attached and I can easily continue with the next petal. I'm thinking a total of 3 petals should complete the flower. While I'm not too thrilled with my colour choices, Dr Downplay rules! 
I have deliberately created a 3D version for the petal. Otherwise the motif lies flat.
You can find tutorial links to the terms mentioned, here -


  • This same petal, with a bit of tweaking can become a peacock plume! 
  • Or joining 3, 4, or more motifs in the round to create a broad round for a doily. And then design inner and outer rounds to complete the doily. This, however, will be a big project for another year!
  • And of course, orange fruit carpels/segments!

Do you have any suggestions for improvement or any more ideas? Please share ....

More to come; hoping to finish tatting this today so that I can get back to the other stuff.

Many thanks to Maria Grazia and Ninetta Caruso for the reworked pattern, and to Marilee Rockeley for her demo.