Friday, June 12, 2009

Tatting Tea Tuesday

This article was originally posted on June 09, 2009
at 12:07:29 AM on A Parently Speaking

It's Tatting Tea Tuesday!

I'm so excited to start this communi-tea! I hope you all have fun!
Here are the rules:
  • Set aside some time to tat.
  • Put the kettle on for tea.
  • Share your progress on your blog or your favorite tatting group list, with "Tatting Tea Tuesday" in the headline or email subject line.
(Adding the Communit-tea part is optional, I just like the pun.)

And don't forget to leave me a comment with a link to your post or message so I can come see.

This week I began tatting an edging called Chantilly Border.

Source: May/June 2009 issue of Piecework magazine, p. 41

The original pattern was written in longhand notation, which I find hard to follow. So I read through the instructions and re-wrote them in shorthand formula. I cannot post the pattern though, until I have been granted permission by the magazine.

What I can tell you is this: the pattern is gleaned from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 4. And facsimile printings of Volume 4 are available to order from Interweave Press® by visiting Interweave Store. Or purchase a copy of Piecework magazine.

Chantilly Border is a lovely edging pattern that tats up quickly and is easy to memorize. I am using a vintage cotton in size 70 so it tats up dainty and delicate. Click on the image above to see a larger view.

Did you notice my two twisted joins in the large rings at picot #6? I didn't notice them until I saw the image full size. How would you work an awkward join without twisting it? Tips? Suggestions?

Unfortunately The Sprout woke up early from his nap so I only managed 2 1/2 repeats before having to stop. Not that I'm complaining. Today's effort is the first tatting I have done since 2005. The shuttle felt so good in my hand. The tea was delicious. Taking a few relaxing moments for myself? Priceless.

Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful. See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!


Krystle said...

Sigh, I wanted to join in this week but the newborn is still working out her routine lol, and on tuesday it did not include tatting or tea :-)

IsDihara said...

Krystle, the fact that you found time to email with a newborn impresses me! What with all the feeding and changing...

Tatting Tea Tuesday will be here for you when you're ready, so don't worry at all.

And belated congratulations on your new arrival!