Do you have a special tatter in your life? Are you stumped buying gifts for your favorite crafter? Have no fear, Tatted Treasures gift guide is here!
If this article is stuck in your favorite magazine or lying next to your coffee machine, don’t use it as coaster. TAKE THIS AS A HINT. Especially the parts that are circled.
Here are 2011’s top 10 gifts for tatters:
1. A hand-crafted, wooden tatting shuttle by David Reed Smith. David’s sturdy and elegant shuttles come in a wide variety of woods and will stand up to years of use. Read my review of these popular shuttles. Priced very reasonably from $17 to $26.
2. While you’re over at David Reed Smith’s website, add one of his tatting tools to your order. The Dual Tool ($15) or Dual Reversible Tool ($25) are both excellent, practical and beautiful tools for new or experienced tatters.
3. Lizbeth Thread has a handy new thread holder, to protect your precious balls of thread from curious pets, spills and dust, and lets you pull the thread out slowly as you tat. Only $9.95, and comes with a free ball of thread.
5. Marilee Rockley’s new patten book Tatted Jewelry. Dainty and delicate, these earrings, necklaces and pendants will complete almost any outfit in your wardrobe. Instructions include step-by-step color photos for each design. Eleven designs included. $9.95 in print or as a PDF download.
6. Are you shopping for a shuttle collector? Mielke’s Fiber Arts has some beautiful shuttles, including the colorful dymondwood shuttles ($30), unique coconut shell shuttles ($18), and elegant Victorian engraved shuttles ($14-$16).
7. Martha Ess’ new pattern book, Playing with Picots. The 19 patterns include a range of techniques to improve and challenge your skill set. For intermediate and advanced tatters. $20.
8. More thread is always a treat. Tatting Corner has a great selection of high quality threads. Both Lizbeth and Altin Basak brands make beautiful 100% Egyptian cotton threads that are a joy to work with, and only $4 per ball.
9. Need a book for a new tatter? Rebecca Jones’ The Complete Book of Tatting is a great resource for both techniques and patterns. This book is an excellent investment because it is not only for beginners, but will be a reference for years, describing several intermediate and advanced techniques. $19.95.
10. How about a cute bag to store your tatting things? I’ve used this Japanese-style origami bag for years, and got so many compliments I wrote up the pattern. It’s not only adorable, it’s plenty big enough to keep my current tatting project and supplies all together. Available as a finished bag ($15) or a pattern ($9 by mail or $4.95 as a PDF download).
Bonus gift: a friend to tat with. Will you tat too?