Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Tatting Basket

Rosemarie's Heart Pattern


I'm so excited about putting my tatting basket finally in use. It is a Singer sewing box that belonged to my husband's aunt and I'm SOOO thrilled to have it. All of my beads, rings, and other baubles fit nicely in the big bottom and the small "drawers" on each side have all of my other supplies including my favorite small threads. When you lift the small handles near the middle of the top of the basket you are lifting the lid on the two top compartments. Lifting more and pulling outward you expand the "drawers" outward so that every compartment is exposed in a sort of stacking V-shape.

Motif #3: The red heart is one of the patterns we covered in the Online Tatting Class on Monday. It makes up really well and is easy to do. Rosemarie suggested that connecting 2 back to back would make a nice little bag (sachet?) I hope to find time to do Mary Donahue's Heavenly Heart today, but Wednesday is a very busy day for me. It may have to go on the "to tat" list. I spent over an hour working on one of Jane Eborall's Tatbead family, but I had to give it up. I need another trip to the optomotrist before I'll be able to manage those lovely patterns successfully or I'll have to give in and buy larger beads and threads.

UFOs: Kersti of etatters challenged us to tackle those UFOs. So last night I pulled out a pile to work on while we watched some Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I tackled the smaller, easier UFOs first, but did some blocking on several projects while the iron was hot. I believe the yellow bookmark on the left is a pattern from Mary Konior's Visual Tatting Patterns and the white snowflake is from Vida Sunderman's book, Tatted Snowflakes. I'm sorry to say I can't remember anything about the source of the variegated blue flake. The green bookmark was inspired by a square motif from an antique camisole pattern. I've been playing with that little square for years. The remaining items are all my own. What do you think of my hat bookmark? I was just playing around with ball and shuttle one day when I wanted to tat but didn't have any particular project I wished to do.


Sharon said...

Your tatting basket is the same one I use for my sewing basket. Sadly, it's way too small for my tating supplies.

tatknot said...

I must admit, Sharon, that I made no effort to store all of my threads in there. And, of course, there are the tatting patterns to be stored. But it does hold all of the basics and my very favorite small threads as well as the UFOs.