Monday, 11 February 2019

simple in spring

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Vasant Panchami, also spelled Basant Panchami, is a festival that marks the arrival of spring, celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region.’

The Hindi word for spring is ‘basant’ and from it is derived the colour ‘basanti’ which is similar to the yellow of mustard flowers. (Remember my 2017 spring garland with it’s mustard fields, etc.?)
By chance, but perfect timing!
When I saw Elaine P Gan’s Rose Heart, I wondered whether 2 shades of yellow would work well here.
This is my first project from any of her patterns, though as you know, I’ve been a frequent user of her reverse join! And, through Sue’s test tatting, I have admired how she puts together patterns using simple motifs and fairly basic tatting.

Worked in Anchor size 40 (00293 & 00302), with ball and shuttle.

No heart should be alone!
I’ve been seeing lovely models of Gloria Nelson’s With All My Heart in facebook and liked it’s simple elegance. The outline appears like a free-flowing scroll!

A clover is arguably the simplest heart shape in tatting. So why not highlight that with a contrasting colour? How to do it without too many ends to hide???

Aha. SCMR – self closing mock rings! And all worked with one shuttle only! Same as what I did with the very colourful scrappy doily
I wound yellow in the shuttle without cutting it from the ball. The magenta is ball only.
Work all 3 clover rings as mock rings using yellow core thread from shuttle.
Then snip off the magenta (with tail to whip stitch later) and continue the outer round using yellow ball thread.
The thrown/floating ring at the bottom is also worked as a mock ring.

Worked in Anchor Pearl size 8 (00291 – shuttle & ball ctm & 04380 ball).

Both hearts measure approx. 4cmsx4cms (bit longer than wide) and are quick enjoyable tats. And I used Ninetta's blipless join again. 
I like the contrast of these designs - one frilly the other stark. Yet both so beautiful. Although I worked both as simple motifs for now, Gloria's pattern is for a beaded lanyard and Elaine has used hers on a card.

AND, Buddy Hearts will be taught in the Online Tatting Class by Georgia today ! All are invited and hope I can join in.  With frequent and long spells of illness over the past year, I haven't been able to attend regularly,  if at all  :-( 


  1. I love to hear about your holidays and I love mustard seeds too 馃榾 I think it is interesting to do yellow hearts also cause in Victorian times I do beleive yellow was meaning for friendship and I think that sweet. I am try to work on another holiday project from another country and hope to get it done in time it's a suprize 馃槈 I love you tatting and thanks for the references I forget how nice these are

    1. I knew that yellow roses were for friendship, but good to know about yellow hearts, Carollyn :-))) Ooo, you have sparked my curiousity for your next project ;-D

  2. Yes, the range of styles shows how versatile tatting is.

  3. Lovely, both patterns! I haven't tatted any of her patterns, yet, but now I'll for sure go hunting for that reverse join that you mentioned!

    1. Nin, if you type reverse join in my blog search box, many projects should come up. It is very handy :-D

  4. Super serduszka :)
    Pozdrawiam ciep艂o.

    1. Dzi臋kuj臋 Ci, splocik :-))) So glad you like the hearts!

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    1. It's fun to have little projects to work with, Sue :-D