Sunday, 29 July 2018

giving and receiving

…. thanks q

According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Poornima is celebrated every year on full moon of the 4th month - this time it fell on the 27th. As per scriptures, it is a day to offer respect and gratitude to one’s teachers. So this may be almost a 3,000 year old legacy! 
Thought I’d give my thanks to each tatter/blogger I’ve had the pleasure to meet online – I always learn a little something and add to my knowledge, be it from a beginner question, peer consultation, or expert advice.

Firstly, I’d like to thank the extremely talented Mari-jan. We got acquainted, and have been in touch, when they asked to publish my pattern in their publication, De Frivolite(k)ring . Recently she celebrated her 1st blog anniversary and surprised me with this lovely handmade silk plum blossom and handwritten card. 
Update : Mari-jan has posted details about this technique here.

Next, as a thank-you gesture for helping her out with some tatting snags over time, Jean Gordon shared this joyful bookmark pattern! I got down to tatting it almost immediately, spurred by her tatted models.
This is the Butterfly Bookvine designed by Kimberley Donohue 
published in #16, KNOTS tatting newsletter, March 1997. 
Jean made a few tweaks and re-wrote it.
I really liked Jean’s colour scheme above! 

I chose the closest I could get from my Anchor size 40 stash. I want to make another with more colourful butterflies and vine using embroidery thread.
It measures 13×3cms without tail.
Butterflies are superb in that there was no need to hide ends at all since we end with a split ring! Instead of using 2 shuttles, I left a long tail in the beginning to use for the 2nd side of split ring and one antenna.
There are 2 versions of the butterfly in the pattern. I chose the more decorative one. 
For the vine, instead of SLT, I used the Reverse Join to switch threads, thus ending up tatting it with one shuttle and green ball thread. 
One has to keep track of the joins, though. I kept making mistakes linking to the butterfly and ended up retrotatting.
You know I like tails on my bookmarks. So a lock stitch chain it was. But for the tassel, I have to thank Stephanie Wilson. Last year, when she was test tatting one of my patterns, she shared her wonderful idea – collect all the scrap threads and make tassels! 

I finally remembered in time, and am so happy with the result, even though these were the only scraps left from recent projects in my tiny collection box. I added a green border on either side of the wrap-around -- ALL scrap!!!.

Here’s another of Jean’s tatting sample (still unblocked). She’s been tatting for just over a year and already learned interlaced rings (the 4-shuttle braid) & the floating twisted picot!

Blogging has brought me so many extraordinary friends!
Many many thanks to this tatting circle of friends qYq


  1. Replies
    1. This tradition is followed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains (both of which essentially branched out from Hinduism). Part of the guru-shishya tradition, Jane :-)

  2. Wonderful tradition! Beautiful bookmark, I love butterflies! So many beautiful patterns and so little time!

    1. and ancient, too ;-P
      I think this bookmark is an idea that can be adapted to all kinds of butterflies (and flowers, as in the Down the Garden Path bookmark), Nin.

  3. Excellent and very old tradition :)

  4. Thank you, Anetta & Sue :-)))

  5. Thank you 😘 so much for your gratitude. It was a great pleasure to send you a small gift. Thank you for your kind words about me and my blog. I really appreciate it and I am still blushing :) I feel priviliged for our friendship and I hope it will continue for many years to come.

    1. Mari-jan, you are always so sweet ! I wish the same :-) It is so interesting how friendships can be forged 1000s of mile away!