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.


  1. So many different ways by so many tatters.

  2. Many thanks to you!! 👋🌹👋

  3. So clever. I especially like your bracelet with its symbolism and the mermaid tail.

    1. Thank you so much for noticing, Jane- unfortunately the pic doesn't capture the sparkle of the beads, even though they are few. 💗🥰💗
      The mermaid body 8s especially clever 😍

  4. Everything looks terrific and I LOVE your bracelet!!! :)
    ~Sue(Tatting Lace in Grace)

    1. Thanks, Sue, your contribution is also appreciated 😍😍😍

  5. Dear ladies, you are incredible! Thank you for your invaluable contribution to the popularization of tatting!

    1. Thank you so much Elena for your encouragement and appreciation 💕😍💕