Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Still a work in progress... a bedspread for the dollhouse:

Currently, my WIP(*) list is growing (not even mentioning many UFO(**)), I wish I could complete my xmas gifts and there's something else good to put off for New Year's resolutions.
- scissors fobs to complete (almost done)
- plastic key fobs with tatting outside and netting inside for small xmas gifts (almost done)
- necklace with bugle beads and matching earrings
- pink squares for the project Tat a Brussels’ monument in pink by Cathy de Greef (Canarithy)
- bedspread for the dollhouse
- miniature flowers (only experiments till now, nothing good enough)

And you? Do you already have tatting plans for the New Year? If you have run out ideas, there is the nice initiative "Palmetto Tatters Guild 2018 Tatting Scholarship Fundraiser Quilt". It is a group project and I'm going to mail something that will be sewn on a block. It will be fun, please read about it here: and spread the word!

(*) WIP = sheer fun underway.
(**) UFO = I (deliberately) forgot where this object is, shuttles are attached only for future fishing out.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

miniature sofa

Thread is DMC size 80 ecrù.

Those pillows are my second attempt, the first ones were too big for the sofa and I had to start again, measuring the fabric and browsing the internet in search of any help. I found an inspiring site with many tutorials for little furniture, I'd like you have a look, for example at this:

The first pillow version is on the right in that picture.

The "big" ones would be lovely scissors fobs, they will be given away. I only need a cord for the fob, there is a knotted cord here in fig. 835 of the Encyclopedia of needlework by Dillmont:

The pattern in the left is an adaptation of Mrs Odum daisy. Textual directions are in the same style as they are for the original pattern that I found here:

With two shuttles begin with a round centre ring.
1. R 1 - (1 -) x 6, 1 close ring, mock picot climb into next round

2. CH 4 + (join to next picot) vsp CH 4. Repeat 7 times. ((((I used lock joins))))
Lock join thread to first picot and make vsp.

3. CH 5 + (join to that vsp on the previous row) and repeat around. 
4. CH 6 + (join to that vsp on the previous row) and repeat around.
5. CH 7 + (join to that vsp on the previous row) and repeat around. ((((I put in the last chain the magic loop thread for hiding the end tail))))

*make a vsp. CH 7, position chain on top of motif and join it to the first picot on the round centre ring, going across the picot. ((((I only tat a second half stitch after the join))))
CH 7, position chain on top of motif and bring back to the starting point.

((((I used an ANKARS over join in this point, joining the vsp)))) 
Continue to the same direction.
7. CH 4 - 4 as part of the outer round and lock join to the next picot on the outer round. 
8. Repeat from * around for a total of 8 petals positioned on top the flower motif.
(((( I finished with the method by Frivolè for Hiding Ends in the Last Chain and hid the second tail with the magic loop left in previous round ))))

In the next pic, I used HWT (a cotton without a label and a sewing silk thread) to have a size 20 thread for tatting again the pink square by Cathy de Greef ( Tat a Brussels’ monument in pink ). I've tatted five till now. For the first two squares, I started with a ring, then I tried to go down or up with a chain. I was looking for a simple way to teach beginners how to tat it, in fact I hope to involve my friends - the bobbin lacers of our local lace association. In her video, shared in the site, Cathy started with a chain and now I think I've understood the reason. I think that starting with a chain is clever, as you don't have to worry about how to join the last chain in a narrow curve, that's easier for beginners. But I found that starting from the second chain (labelled 3 in red in her picture with the pattern) it is even easier, that is you join in the normal way the second last chain and then you have the last chain where to finish and hide tails... I hope I was clear. Just my two cents among the many possibilities we can choose for tatting that little square.


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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

miniature bed

The thread I used for tatting the edging for the bedsheet and pillows is Anchor Artiste Mercer Crochet 100. Bedcover's fabric is linen.

Well, my mum thinks the bed sheet needed some white embroidery! I'd like tatting something for the cylindrical pillow, I don't know the correct English term for that kind of pillow, neither if it has an Italian name, I just call it "cuscino a cilindro".

(Update: a friend in Facebook kindly commented that the term is " bolster cushion")

The pillows are so tiny, I'm also trying to scale down Mrs. Odum pattern, I love it!

Have you noticed the book in the background?
"323: Tatting" by Pam Palmer, current link in Amazon: 
An interesting cheap booklet - about 30 pages - about the history of tatting, first published in 1996. I'm really disheartened when thinking that all those historical infos have been available for such long time and still we can find misleading information in Italian sites. One funny thing I've found was that the lace itself had been called Carmen Sjlva (yes, sigh!, with the j), I'm almost like to believe that it was a mistake in translation for the 'nom de plum' of the queen of Rumania.

I found a very inspiring initiative on Facebook, the project Tat a Brussels’ monument in pink by Cathy de Greef (Canarithy). A lot of people all around Tatternet are already joining. I still don't have a size 20 pink thread. One possibility may be to boil the little square with beetroot....!!!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

dollhouse miniature doily

I love this project! 😍 It started because I'm collecting dollhouse's furnitures piece by piece, there is a weekly magazine with them attached ... and what an home-sweet-home is without lace? Of course, the first to be tatted is the "big" doily for the dining room (even though I still don't have the table!).

Scale is 1:12, so if a real table diameter is 120cm, in the dollhouse the little table would be 10cm large. With that dimension, a realistic looking doily could be obtained with thin thread, like size 100, I think. When working with finer thread than my favourite size 80, I usually look for a simple pattern or a pattern that I already tatted, just because retro-tatting is not fun and I've problems to focus the tiny stitches. I went over my collection of  "Il lavoro Chiacchierino" by Mani di Fata and found the perfect doily in issue 13, that is the doily on the cover.
I haven't tatted that doily before, but it looks simple and stitches' count easy to remember. I've "translated" the pattern in my short textual notation 😉 (their patterns have always very long text and with so many asterisks that I absolutely assure you I can go mad!) and that is the 6° round finished.

(The little pottery is from Castelli, a town in Abruzzo, central Italy)

I already have the bed! I need the lace for the sheet and a blanket, too. Pillows, of course. I'll take my time...

I tatted two samples, the one in the bottom of the following picture has been tatted with dmc size 100 white B5200, the other one in the upper side of the picture it's been tatted with the same thread of the doily, that is Anchor Artiste Mercer Crochet 100. The size is the same but the dmc is brighter, in my opinion, while Anchor thread is softer.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

pattern for the winter fan

Pattern is in Flickr:
winter fan pattern

The thread used was a size 80, I think that the finer was the thread, the more suitable would be the result in order to use it, open and close. Another thing that I should reconsider is the fact that it needs some improvements to be functional as a real fan. I've been following the blog by Lila here: . She sewed the lace on the tulle, I like her suggestion, thanks Lila. Maybe the tulle "steals" a lot of space but it would be useful for the functionality, to fan oneself. Perhaps the tulle wouldn't be necessary for the whole lace's area. Just thinking aloud.

I've enjoyed tatting my own fan, it needed about 2 balls and one half of dmc special dentelles 80 thread, that is 5gr each ball. I plan to tat another one in white and in size 100 thread, but not soon. I've been caught up in another tatting addiction, I'll tell you...


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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.