Sunday, May 1, 2016

Angela Gambka's Morfo Butterfly

Marie has shared several lovely butterflies that she has made with Angela Gambka's Morfo Butterfly pattern through her blog, West Pine Creations. I've found them inspiring. I've had it on my tatting list for quite a while. Today was the day. Marie has been a tremendous help. I've practiced by just tatting the back piece several times. Here are a few of my efforts. I feel the blue one is good enough to use, so I'm going to load some beads for the top one, which I hope to tat tomorrow evening.
Have a wonderful week, everyone. I hope to have a finished butterfly to share with you before the week is over.


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You've got a great start! I've printed the pattern, but I haven't tried this one yet.

Michelle said...

Hurray for new things! Can't wait to see the final product!

Suztats said...

I've been watching Marie's posts, and really like this pattern. Yours is looking good.

West Pine Creations said...

It looks beautiful :) can't wait to see the rest.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thanks, everyone. I had other commitments this evening, so I'm shortly headed to bed without having tatted a single double stitch today. So sad, I know. Hopefully, I can find some time to play with this one some more tomorrow.

Madtatter80 said...

She is wonderful and so helpful too! These are beautiful and need to download this one too. so many things to tat I feel like a kid in a candy store all these patterns are so nice people give out and want to try them all!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Angela's name is brand new to me, and I appreciate the link to her blog, which is quite spectacular! She even includes a history of Russian tatting and also a history of the Ankars method, developed in the 1990s by Russian tatters.
I am quite bedazzled by the Ankars method tatting, and Angela's videos are amazing to watch, but I'm not sure I have the patience to do all that beading, even though it's mostly done afterward.

Imoshen's (Two Shuttles blog) recently made butterfly is beautiful and her experiments are also very informative!

Back in October of 2011, Mary Lena Pop ("Mary's Handmade blogSpot) shared a free pattern of a very similar, non-beaded, 'layered' butterfly. This is the url for her basic pattern:
She also has shared a cute 'layered' Christmas tree pattern.

Mary Lena's butterfly was my first experience with 'layered tatting'. Then in Nov. 2011 she added a few beads to enhance it. Mary is from Romania and may have been influenced by the Ankars method. I'm only bringing this up because Mary's basic pattern and diagram was very easy for me to follow and gave me an idea how the basic tatting is done. Ankars seems to be based on 'layered tatting'.

Also, Corina Mayfeld in her excellent 'CM-Handmade' blog has wonderful tutorials about Ankars tatting.

And Marie (West Pine Creations) has always been a creative and innovative tatter of jewelry! There are so many exciting things to learn with tatting!

Margarets designer cards said...

Your butterflies are looking lovely well done for trying the pattern, I also have the pattern here to try but I just have not tried it.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Kathy, thank you for the very informative comments. I'll definitely check out these other sources. All help is greatly appreciated.