Tatted bookmark

A proper tatted bookmark

Yay! I have finally managed to complete a larger tatting project. I found the pattern for this lovely bookmark here, and as soon as I saw it I wanted to try and make it. I thought it would look lovely in traditional white rather than using some of the variegated coloured thread I bought a while ago, so I dug around in my crafting hoard and found some crochet cotton I’ve had hidden away for years. I took a deep breath and got started……

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Tatted doily

Some proper tatting at last!

Even though I’ve been quite busy over the last few weeks, I have been determined to make progress with my tatting, and although I say it myself, I am really pleased.

This is my first attempt at a doily, using the variegated thread I treated myself to a while back (or ‘backalong’ as they say here in Devon). Now the eagle-eyed experts tatters among you had better not look too closely, because there are a few mistakes, (which are not too difficult to spot actually!), but I am still very pleased to have finally finished a larger piece of tatting. This is a free pattern, which you can find here.

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Tatting with two shuttles: My first tatted earrings!

The last couple of weeks have been very busy, as I’ve been travelling to various places visiting family, so I haven’t had much time for crafting or blogging. I spent a few days in London, looking after my lovely grandchildren and seeing my grown-up children. We went to the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium, and cheered our athletes on – I can’t believe it’s a year since I was working as a Gamesmaker and going to the Olympic Park every day. I am now in Hertfordshire visiting my brother and his wife. Again we’ve been whizzing about. We went to a Victorian Schools Museum, found some geocaches, and today went to Cambridge for the day. We’ve also been putting our moth trap out – it consists of a bright light bulb which attracts the moths into a large tub, where they hide in the egg boxes we put in the bottom. If you want to see some photos, you can see them on my Pinterest board here.

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Tatted butterfly

Tatting – a little progress.

It seems to be a tradition that when you start tatting, you begin by making a butterfly, which you are then supposed to give to someone. I can’t remember where I read it (I’ve looked at a lot of tatting sites and blogs over the last week or so), but I thought I had better follow tradition. So here is my very first butterfly, which I’ve now given to my mum. I have to say I am really pleased with it, and I enjoyed practising my skills. I think I will be making a few more, just to make sure I get the techniques securely under my belt.

Small tatted doily

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Tatting – my first attempt!

Now this may not look very much, but actually I’m very proud of it. For many years I have really admired tatting, and had a couple of attempts at learning to do it, but always failed miserably. However, I decided I would give it another go, and this time I managed to find a fantastic series of video tutorials called ‘The Absolute Beginner‘, which led me to the ‘Tatted Treasures‘ blog, run by Heather. Although I’m still finding it a challenge, and have made lots of false starts, but I am making slow progress.

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