Another installment of Heather’s shuttle show-and-tell. This beautiful handmade tatting shuttle from South America sports a proud cardinal on a tree branch with a blue sky background.
Here are some blue and purple variegate earrings from a pattern by Nancy Tracy.
After planning and plotting for weeks, I finally met the teens of Citizen Schools and got to pitch tatting to them. Many of the students were curious and enthusiastic, and I finally got some feedback about this crazy idea…and a few surprises.
Tatted Treasures is 6 months and 100 posts old! Here is a little preview of what is coming in the next 6 months.
Here is a little trick I use to wind my shuttles more easily, and that also lets me use every last bit of my thread easily, keeping tension and without finger tatting. What’s the trick? Leave a little thread from the last project wound on the shuttle.
I’m getting ready for Citizen Schools, and the next step is the apprenticeship fair. I’ve got 5 minutes to inspire a bunch of 13-year-olds to want to learn tatting. How would you do it? I’m looking for any and all suggestions, please.
I’m a fan of a small bag for each tatting project-in-progress. This is my favorite and oldest tatting bag that a dear Japanese grandmother made especially for me. Take a look at what’s inside.
Here’s a lovely idea from Craftaholics Anonymous to frame little hearts for decoration. How about framing tatted hearts, snowflakes, or other motifs. Take a look and see what this idea leads you to.
What would you do if you were surrounded by a room full of gorgeous thread and were told you could take them all home…but there’s a catch. You only have a backpack and it also has to fit your clothes, books and toothbrush. What do you do?
Here is one of my favorite tatting shuttles, another handmade beauty by Dave of Grizzly Mountain Arts. This little gem is hand carved out of fossil mammoth ivory and bears a scrimshawed angel to watch over me as I tat.
Six generous people are donating shuttles and thread for the teens from Citizen Schools to learn tatting. We still have a few other needs.
Are you making a ring-only pattern, like a hen-n-chicks pattern, and need to add more thread? Here’s how to you hide the extra ends when you only have rings.