Thursday, 18 August 2022

a bonanza of happiness

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 I wonder if you remember my intention to write a series of 3 articles for the IOLI Bulletin, about our Endrucks 1920 Project (which got published in the Summer issue); how one simple pattern spawned a bonanza of derivatives (this will be published int he Fall issue); and lastly on Frau Endrucks and her book/presentation (in the works). 

So, for the 2nd article the first pattern in her book was chosen. Several reasons but what tilted the scales was the fact that so many tatters had adapted or adopted the basic motif from the edging and transformed it into different shapes and styles. It symbolised the collaborative cooperation of our Project; without this coming together, the Project could never have been carried out so successfully, and continue to carry on. I have tried to capture this comity of our international tatters through the bracelet. 

Happy Hands Linked Bracelet - muskaan

Colours were chosen to represent our diversity of backgrounds - different lands, different races - yet our hands worked together. I will share the pattern and more beading details in the next couple of months.

Happy Hands Edging with Corner - Antonia Lai

Antonia modified the edging slightly by adding an extra ring, spacing out the motifs and making it easier to tat/join to previous motif. However, she also designed a 90 degree corner and shared it enthusiastically! It is a clever design - shift one motif outwards and we have a corner. And the edging can be sewn over the fabric or around the fabric - both work perfectly.

pattern pdf:

Lea Di Palma

Lea followed the original pattern ( - that pdf needs some tweaking) but instead of using 2 shuttles she worked with a ball and a shuttle. Notice how flexible the edging is to embellish the curvilinear table runner neatly. 

Happy Hands Brooch - Lea Di Palma

One single motif in metallic thread and selectively placed crystals - such an elegant brooch for her equally elegant dress. As you can see, it is a quick tat, too. Pair it with matching earrings and we're ready to party!

You can choose your favourite method to add the crystals in the center of the rings, and one crystal is looped over the picot. Findings as required.

Happy Hands Heart - muskaan

Remember this heart from the same motif? I tatted the dark one recently to confirm the shuttle changes. It was so depressing to find a fault which was traced back to my original pictorial! Hence all diagrams and pdfs were/are being updated.

Pam Hemenway had enthusiastically and kindly shared her needle tatting notes. All this is included in the pdf now, along with some ideas to arrange the motifs.

pattern pdf:

This heart spawned quite a few patterns! 

Happy Hands Mermaid Fluke/Tail - Sue Bradham

first shared here -
Sue felt the heart looked like a mermaid's tail. Hence she adapted it, adding a body, and working it all in one pass! She graciously sent her notes which Ninetta Caruso helped to decipher into a shareable pattern.

The body is such a clever and perfect design with overlapping rings giving the impression of scales. After tatting the tail (heart) and climbing out with a split ring, one shuttle is cut off and the scaled body is tatted with a single shuttle.

pattern pdf:

These are a few of the spawned patterns from #1, with lots more to show. Over the next several weeks many more pattern pdfs will be shared as and when they are finalised. Meanwhile you know where to find all the modernised pattern pdfs - in the Endrucks 1920 Project document

Many many many thanks to Antonia, Lea, Pam, Sue, and Ninetta 
 - words fail to express the gratitude and happiness towards your continued contribution.

Monday, 15 August 2022

pretty me heart fun

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Now that all the main patterns from Endrucks' 1920 book are in modern format, barring 2, Ninetta and I decided to start holding occasional events in our FB group. The first such official event or Game of the Month is a simple heart that tatters need to embellish or use to embellish something. We also decided to open it up to our non-FB tatters, if you wish to participate.

pretty me aug 2022 - Endrucks 1920 Project Facebook group event

Do you remember this maroon heart I shared here (now updated with diagram and written pattern for alternate path) -

We chose it for the event in our FB group and are throwing it open to all tatters. 
Download the one-page pattern pdf with diagram, model, and written pattern and begin decorating -

There are several paths one can take to tat the heart, including starting from a different point. While only the basic path is shared in the pdf (which should be easy for needle tatters and relative new shuttle tatters), I updated my blog post with diagram and written pattern for the path shown there initially. Check it out if you prefer to tat clockwise all from the front -

This is my tricolour earring prettification. We are celebrating 75 years of Independence today and I see the Tiranga (our Tricolour) everywhere! 
Worked in Anchor Pearl cotton size 8.
I didn't have time (or the right size/colour beads) to decorate further.
A small ring 8ds was added in the topmost heart to hold the hook.
I used my Floating Beads method to attach the teardrop without stringing it on the shuttle.

UPDATE - The following explanatory para is added in response to a couple of queries - 
How to interlink the hearts - 
Each heart was interlaced in a very simple manner through the final chain. Start from the topmost heart, then work your way down. So, tat the 2nd heart till the very end but leave the last chain unattached. Cut off tails and then insert the 'free' chain through the 1st heart, join to the base of the starting rings, tie and cut and hide ends. 
Repeat the same when interlinking 3rd heart to the 2nd.
NOTE: For fs/bs tatters, start the 2nd heart with backside rings so that the final chain is on the right.

There were other ideas such as decreasing the heart sizes (hut didn't have colours in required sizes); joining at the tips (but I kind of preferred this free-style effect with a bit of twisting when worn)....

The heart is Eye Spy Heart from Endrucks' edging #3 which I spotted when tatting the square derived from the edging. 

Use beads, decorative picots, tatting effects or techniques, or colour-play to make the heart pretty or use it to make enhance the beauty of something else.

We have already received several variations of the heart pattern, besides beautification, and those patterns are also being shared! You can join our FB group with your version of the heart, or simply send the pic to either Ninetta ( ) or to me, with your name and any project details you might wish to share. 

There is a special album (pretty me aug 2022) to collect all pics though at present it is missing a lot of the pics which members have shared on the Home page; and a hashtag for a focused search - #prettymeEndrucks.

So are you ready to participate? This is such a quick little pattern that needs very little thread! Come join the fun. Remember the butterfly beautification project where I received a thrilling response - ? Can we expect a similar response this time, too? 

All patterns from Frau Endrucks (main and derived) can be found here -

Saturday, 13 August 2022

har ghar tiranga

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 Celebrating 75 years of Independence (August 15th) with a tatted version of my flag.

Har Ghar Tiranga campaign is about flying a flag in each home. I chose to tat a flag around a 1947 coin.
It's so good to look out the balcony or window and see flags flying merrily in the monsoon breeze. 

I've been sharing my tatting progress this entire August. Now it was time to assemble. 
Saffron - I used marigolds to symbolise sacrifice and auspiciousness. My original intention was to have the 'petals' raised up. Couldn't accomplish it since these flowers are so tiny.

White - waves in water symbolise peacefulness, serenity, peaceful coexistence.
Glued in overlapping layers.

Green - I used leaves to symbolise prosperity though it denotes faith and chivalry.

As expected there are gaps in the green rectangle, which were later filled with single or double leaves, as required.
For the pole, I tatted an onion ring using metallic silver thread, size 20. Then I couched over doubled up strands. The pole could've been thicker, but oh well ....

Ashok Chakra - the emblem represents the eternal wheel of law. I used the 1947 coin from hubby's old collection. It was the discovery of this coin that flagged off my idea early this year.

Flag tatted in Anchor Pearl Crochet Cotton, size 8, measures 13.5cms x 9cms.
saffron - 00316 ; white ; green - 00245 ; blue - 00133

This is how the edge of the coin looked after the split ring braid was wrapped around it. I had wanted to outline the coin, but without adding bulk. Since I didn't know how to go about it, I had left it as is.

Then inspiration struck! Wound my shuttle and threaded a long tail through a needle. This tail acted as the core thread and I worked chains between rings using reverse stitch (direct tatting). The needle came in handy to slip under each ring.

And this is how it looks with a chain passing through the SRs.

A close-up of the simply encircled coin.
There should be 24 spokes on the wheel which could easily be sewed in with finer thread, but I left it open so that the coin face and date is clearly visible.

I was pleasantly surprised that gluing everything together was accomplished in a single day! Today I merely filed in the gaps with extra leaves and flowers, and worked the pole.
And I sewed down the coin instead of gluing it, to keep my options open.

The Aida cloth is mounted on an embroidery hoop (25.5 cms diameter along the inner edge).
So this is it. My artistic Indian flag in tatting. 
Hope you enjoyed my 10 day journey as I join my country in celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav!

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Thursday, 11 August 2022


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Another productive day of tatting, foregoing my exercises and the newspapers, shhhh ;-P

The Ashoka Chakra in the center of our flag actually has 24 spokes. Using Anchor Pearl Cotton size 8, I was happy to get 12 in cabochon tatting. After all my tatted flag is an artistic symbolism, though proportions are maintained.

Started the morning by working on the 3rd wave and completed it by afternoon, despite all chores. Since I had the pattern jotted down, it was easy and quick to tat.

All 3 waves together.
In the evening, the waves as well as the leaves were all blocked. 

And this is how they will be arranged, with some overlap. Difficult to capture in a photograph.

And this is how I did worked tatting around the coin. A spilt ring braid.
SR1: 3 - 6 - 3 / 3 - 6 - 3.
All subsequent split rings -
SR2: 3 + 6 - 3 / 3 + 6 - 3. 
The final ring I worked as a regular ring, joining back to the first SR.

Has this been done before? I seem to have lost track of so many things.

UPDATE: I've been told that Edda Guastalla published this SR braid method of encapsulation in a book. She did it on an large gem (like in ice drops). 

And here is how I finished off the coin to get a smooth edge

I have revealed each step of design and progress over the last several days. Now we'll all have to wait and see how they come together finally!

However, before that, there is a fun game you are all invited to .... I will post about it tomorrow.


Those who subscribe to my blog via email, have you been receiving the email notifications for each post? The last one I received was the July 24th post!

waves of satisfaction

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 As I said, the day was a washout in terms of tatting. I barely tatted a few chains. However yesterday (which I will call Day 8) made up for it in some ways.

I finished the 2nd wave and started on the 3rd.

This 2nd wave has a long flat trough and a slightly flattened crest.
When I placed the 2 wave lengths on the flag, there was a larger gap to cover.
As you can see, I did not bother with hiding ends neatly since the tails can be hidden under while gluing ;-P
Hence in the 3rd wave the lower segments are all 6ds instead of 4ds.
I kept getting so many ideas for variations - too many to ever try out! 

These are the 3 waves together for comparison.
One of my friends on FB shared sketches/graphics of waves and boy so many possibilities! Do I even have the skill to translate a few into tatting? Can't say, but it would certainly be an interesting challenge.

Today I will complete the 3rd wave and might have time to start with the coin. Assembling (gluing) will take an entire day if not more. And then to fill in any gaps with respective tatting. Guess I'm well on my way to completing it by 15th, phew.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022


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 Day 7 was pretty productive tatting-wise. I completed this entire strip of a symbolic wave. And even wrote down the pattern.
The crests are a bit flattened compared to the trial piece in the previous post.

However, the troughs are too angular. I'll use this strip, but am trying to lengthen the troughs. And this time no rings - only chains. Let's see how that tat's up. I managed only a few chains today. So Day 8 is a washout tatting-wise.

Meanwhile I do have a question. 

This is the 75 year old coin from both sides which will be used for the center of the flag.

 Should I clean it to a sparkle or leave it as is? Is there anything to keep in mind while cleaning?

I also want to apologise for not answering the comments in my recent posts. I will do it soon. Thanks for your support 💕

Monday, 8 August 2022

wave trial Endrucks style

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WHITE - stands for peace in our Indian flag and to me water and waves symbolize peace and serenity.
This is the first motif of Day 7 but more have been accomplished and I hope to do one more before lights out. No pics, yet.
If time was on my side I would've tried to change the straight lock join line to a curve reflecting the crest. For another day.
This was my trial last night (Day 6) and I adopted Endrucks' style of block tatting.  The crest is too pointed here, which I smoothened a bit in the final version above. Besides this, only 2 minor counts were altered.
Doesn't this look like a crown though? The portion from ring to ring. All it needs is some embellishments.

Off to tat! Waving tata ....

Sunday, 7 August 2022


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 Only 8 more days to go and my heart is beating fast ....

My messy heart after 6 days 💗

This is how I intend to place the leaves. In the background is the sketch for reference. The center is an outline of the coin. And there's one extra leaf but who knows it might come in handy once I start gluing.

Some of the initial leaves are shorter 'coz I added 2 extra leaflets along the way.
I have a shuttle filled with scrap lengths. Once glued, the empty spaces will be filled with the required number of leaflets.
This is the Laurel Leaf pattern (on page 7 of this pdf - In case it does not open, send the automated request.

TWoT Notes: Notice how the 4 leaves on left side face left while the 5 on the right side are bent towards the right? I followed the exercise set out in the pdf. Instead of starting the first ring frontside, simply start it backside (RODS or reverse order of double stitch ie., 2nd half st, then 1st half st.) and continue with the pattern working fs/bs tatting throughout. The leaf will curve in opposite direction.
No need to work out the mirror-image in the pattern!!!

Tonight I will try out the white pattern before working it for real. I've diagrammed it, but need to confirm stitch count, size, etc.