Saturday, July 23, 2016

I'm back! & Filet Tatting

It feels great to be back online. It was just too frustrating trying to keep up from the small screen of my cell phone while my computer was being repaired, so I took advantage of my self-imposed blackout to tat in what time was available to me. I'm sometimes amazed at what I manage to get done when life seems so terribly busy, but a few knots here and there really makes a difference.
Lesson 1 (Row 1 of 9)

I've seen a couple of other methods, but Amanda's seems unique in her use of picots to fill the blocks. In fact, it was seeing some of the different effects that can be accomplished in the filled blocks that convinced me I must try this technique. Check out the different ways Amanda filled the blocks in her filet heart motifs at

I confess row 1 (lesson 1) doesn't look like much at this point. It took some careful manipulation to get the image you see above, but I know it will hold its shape as the next rows develop. In fact, I'm looking forward to working through lesson 2 this weekend.

Amanda chose a small project with a simple diamond design for the tutorial, which is perfect for learning a new skill. Her instructions are very clear, and I love the diagrams. I find it so much easier to follow a good diagram than to keep referring back to the text. 

Well, I'd best get moving. There is laundry and cooking that need to be done today before I can work more on catching up on the blog reading and posting and, of course, tatting lesson 2.

Happy tatting!


Michelle said...

Nice to see you again! This looks interesting!

God's Kid said...

Glad you are back!! :) Looks like you are off to a good start on your new project!! :)

Mandatory said...

It looks great!!! Welcome back!

muskaan said...

Fantastic work ! Your chains are straight & the angles sharp. Looking forward to the next rows. Did you use size 10 ?
I'm planning on re-starting mine in size 40 thread, but that will take a while ...
Yes, her heart filet tatting is quite impressive & inspiring :-)
Glad to have you back!

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thanks, all. Actually, muskaan, I'm using size 12 DMC perle cotton that I had on hand.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I'm glad your computer is back in action! Although I really think I'd function just fine without technology, I thoroughly enjoy reading about all that my tatting pals are accomplishing!

Suztats said...

Glad you're back posting! Filet tatting looks interesting, so have fun with your class. Off to check out the link.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

I tell my family that I could do without it if I had to, but I don't want to 'have to."