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!