Friday, 27 May 2022

tatting is therapeutic

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The ‘Talking Tatting’ issue 50, February 2022 (a quarterly newsletter of Queensland Tatters, Australia), brought us a new tatter/member who has enthused the FB group with her work in this short period.

Meet Antonia Lai. She started out with doily #28 which was published in the newsletter. It is worked in Lizbeth size 20. (https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2022/01/bridging-gaps.html)

Within a week she was “addicted to the Endrucks 1920 Project”!

Her enthusiasm and tatting beauty took flight with this Happy Hands Heart and Butterfly – both patterns are adaptations of pattern #1 and had been shared in our FB group.

She incorporated a body for the butterfly using a chain folded and joined back on itself, as visible in the close-up!

She recently revealed her love of elephants and this painting/print acts as the perfect backdrop for her impeccably tatted doily #40! In Milford size 40, it measures 11 cms.

Meanwhile, she also volunteered to test tat pattern #22 and sent me her notes and feedback.

She sportingly incorporated a suggestion to see whether bilateral symmetry would make a difference to the slight tilt that was inherent in this lace. The difference is clearly visible between the 2 repeats if you compare the block tatting at the top. The right pair are mirror images, unlike the left pair. She used what we call Block Below Tatting or BBT (https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-pernickety-question.html).
More pics and details will be shared when I update the old Eleonore’s Angels pattern #22 pdf.

The May 2022 issue n.51 of ‘Talking Tatting’ carried a bookmark/bracelet adaption of pattern #32 by Judith Connors. This, too was quickly tatted up by Antonia.
 
She made a slight mistake and decided to carry it through as a Butterfly Trim.
And there’s a heart in there, too! If we remove the 2 bottom rings on either side, we get a heart shape, which can be tweaked further.
The butterfly trim looks good on the neckline!

And her direct contribution to date has been in designing a beautiful corner for the #1 Happy Hands edging!

  
The edging can be sewn along the outside or inside of the fabric edge without losing its shape or beauty as seen in the 2 pics above. She also modified the edging slightly, making it easier to repeat motifs yet keeping fidelity of pattern.
She not only sent me her hand-drawn diagram, but also meticulously wrote down the pattern.

Happy Hands edging with Corner (adaptation Endrucks' #1) pattern pdf - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fsiET9ZJvXSD0kcAMKsuUNZt-rznFkO9/view

Lea Di Palma followed Endrucks’ original style, using the picoted side to sew on the edging as seen in this in-progress pic below. Incidentally, she is working it with a ball and shuttle instead of 2 shuttles! Check out more of her tatting in her FB timeline.


Here is what Antonia Lai says about her tatting hobby and our Project -

I started tatting about 16 years ago. Tatting is therapeutic. Always find time for tatting; it makes me feel content. Endrucks projects is addictive. Since February 2022, I have done patterns # 1, 22, 28, 32, 40. People involved in Endrucks are into sharing and community spirits. I am looking forward to doing more.

Antonia has proved Frau Endrucks right when the designer-author wrote - 

"It is a great fortune to create something beautiful with simple means, I hope that my book will give you the key to this happiness.

Ninetta and I take great pleasure in thanking Antonia and Lea for their work and contribution to the Endrucks 1920 Project. Their experience, especially Antonia’s, shows that there is still a lot to explore and extract, derive and apply… if one has the desire.

NOTE: All patterns mentioned above are free and can be found in the EP doc (scroll down to the respective pattern number and click on pdf link) - https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view

With love and gratitude,

muskaan & Ninetta

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, where patterns from Endrucks’ German book of 1920 were converted to modern-style presentations and pdfs. We welcome you to join our Facebook group “Endrucks 1920 Project” (please read the group’s description and rules before joining : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235560633606162) where the fun continues with derivative tatting, new variations, activities, etc. all within the gamut of Endrucks’ patterns.

Using the hashtag 
#Endrucks1920Project when posting in FB or Instagram, ensures that your pic will show up in a search.

If you enjoy sharing and experimenting, or even test-tatting, the group is waiting for you! All info and links to patterns (original and modern), including model images, are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view There is still a lot to explore and extract, derive and apply and scrolling through this document will give you an idea of the possibilities and beyond.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

graceful enthusiasm

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Reworked pattern from Frau Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern’s ‘Die Schiffchen-Spitszen’, 1920, for Endrucks 1920 Project.

When enthusiasm wanes in one person, its flame may shift to another – that is what being in a group is all about! Somebody else carries the torch. It is what happened with pattern #41 after enthusisam was interrupted.
Since the diagram and text was already done, Ninetta and I decided to ask for a volunteer to tat the sampler. Gracie Chung stepped up and worked this beautiful lace.

Gracie sewed in beads and has pinned this sampler up on her office board. She wanted to tat a much longer length and had something more in mind. However tax season rolled in and she’s had to pause for a few months to focus on her job.
With these gems, the edging could easily be adapted into a crown or tiara!

 
Imagine my pleasant surprise when Anita Barry sent in her secretly tatted sampler in 2 colours as a back-up, just in case this pattern was jinxed, LOL and got left in the lurch again! 

And this sampler is on display, too, sewed to the ribbon on her straw hat!
Isn't it wonderful when tatted lace can be seen in public as in both these cases.

In the end, the pattern pdf for #41 combines the work, tips, and ideas of 5 tatters. Hope you like the confluence.
Endrucks’ Pattern #41 pdf in modern style (click link to download) 

Gracie Chung sportingly shared something about herself.  In her own words –

I didn't grow up with the possibility to ever learning about tatting. No one in my family knows about it (I think). It's not until 2007 I chance finding shuttles in Joann's Fabric that I got curious about what shuttles were for that I googled it when I got home. The more YouTube videos I watched, the more interested I became and I decided to go back to Joann's to buy my first pair of the Clover Shuttles. And the rest is history.

 

I basically learned everything online, from Karen Cabrera videos, Jane Eborall's patterns and techniques, and then from your blog too.

 

My other hobby is reading. Mystery, cozy mystery most of the time. They don't clash, tatting while listening to audio-books is my ultimate relaxing method.

 

I think that's it. That's how I discovered the joy of tatting and trying to be more involved in the tatting world.

She also gave us permission to share her tatted lace pictures from her FB timeline. Here’s a glimpse into her range of colourful projects, starting with necklaces, bracelets, earrings, adorable butterfly hair clips, snowflakes and doilies, and flowers - both 2D and 3D!


I’m sure we can all recognise several of these designs and designers. It also showcases the diversity in Gracie’s tatting choice, though her preference appears to be jewellery.

And to gaze at some of Anita’s tatting- https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/09/700-and-promises-still-to-keep.html

Ninetta says:

“I join Muskaan in thanking Gracie and Anita, and take this opportunity to thank all generous tatters who share their knowledge online. A lot of tatters have self-learned online like Gracie did! I am thinking of Marina Madzar, Pina Pinto, just to name 2 of our other contributors. A great reason for loving this project is that we are getting to know each other and have discovered that we are not lonely tatters, there’s always another enthusiastic tatter just round the (Internet’s) corner willing to help!”

With love and gratitude,
muskaan & Ninetta

Related posts –
https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2022/05/enthusiasm-interrupted.html - #41 candle edging sampler using BDS
https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/09/700-and-promises-still-to-keep.html - thanking Anita Barry

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, where patterns from Endrucks’ German book of 1920 were converted to modern-style presentations and pdfs. We welcome you to join our Facebook group “Endrucks 1920 Project” (please read the group’s description and rules before joining : 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235560633606162) where the fun continues with derivative tatting, new variations, activities, etc. all within the gamut of Endrucks’ patterns.

Using the hashtag 
#Endrucks1920Project when posting in FB or Instagram, ensures that your pic will show up in a search.

If you enjoy sharing and experimenting, or even test-tatting, the group is waiting for you! All info and links to patterns (original and modern), including model images, are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view There is still a lot to explore and extract, derive and apply and scrolling through this document will give you an idea of the possibilities and beyond.

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

snatched

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This is a project that I've been on for weeks, doing a few elements whenever time permits. It is something I was making for myself - a hair bun net to go with a cool new summer suit.
  
This time I chose Jon Yusoff's beautiful Harmony doily - 
 https://tatsaway.blogspot.com/2020/08/harmony-with-full-chart.html

My colour scheme was already decided blue with white highlights similar to Jon's black. No other thought or planning - a simple relaxing project. Even the white in round 2 was a spur-of-the-moment pick.
On reaching Round 6, Jon's note about beads caught my eye. Well, why not?! Threaded these Japanese silver seed beads and used a diamond formation - 1 bead at the base of the ring and 3 on the ball thread.

If I'd read this sooner I might've been tempted to add beads in some previous round(s) too.

To make up for that, I sewed on a bead string through picots in the center space. Very fiddly work and the circle disappeared when I knotted too tight at the end.

It has 2 mistakes which I didn't fix and I lost the thread chicken race twice! For several rounds I went with ball and shuttle.
Worked in Anchor size 40. It measures about 6.5 inches across which is a bit on the smaller side.

So, about the title - when I left it on the table to dry after blocking, hubby snatched it up to use as a doily. Sigh, I'll just string and use it as a hair bun net when I wear the churidaar suit. At other times, it will be his. Best of both situations.