Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Light and Lacy in Yellow

In spite of the long list of post-Tat Days projects, I couldn't resist joining in Jon's Tat Along to make the Norma Benporath Lace Mat.

My rationalization? It is perfect in-car tatting for after-school dismissal. Yesterday I had planned to start round two, but got caught up in an utterly diverting chat and didn't tat a double stitch.

Jon's post from September 12, The Lace Mat, gives great historical details about this pattern, but I will try to sum up (so that I can remember in the coming years).

On March 16, 1938, The Queenslander newspaper published this pattern under the headline "Tatting for Busy People" giving Norma Benporath a proper byline.  (Yay!)

The National Library of Australia (NLA) granted Jon permission to rewrite the patterns it has archived to preserve the designs and make them accessible to current tatters.

Jon included a few handy notes for folks eager to start the Tat Along. I was curious about bullet number three in particular:

Here is what my round one looked like before I flattened it out with a quick shot of steam. (After first pinning the lace to my ironing board, or course.)

Thank you Jon for being so wise as to include this note. I would surely have abandoned the work had you not advised me to not panic.

Later this afternoon I will begin round two for Tatting Tea Tuesday. Imagine me with a travel cuppa of chocco-strawberry decaf with a splash of chocolate soy milk. NPR playing on the car radio. Happily tatting along. The sunny yellow thread juxtaposed with the soggy, grey skies.

That is how I plan to banish the rain and continue dreaming of Indian summer.

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


Crazy Mom! said...

Sorry I diverted you!

The yellow center looks very pretty - I've got too much on my plate right now to do the tat-along, but it looks like fun!

Jon Yusoff said...

I love yellow, one of my favorite colours.

I have a feeling that most would give-up at the first round if I don't add that last point. :)

God's Kid said...

Looks like a really fabulous start!! :)

Fox said...

It's going to be a beauty!

Yes, good idea to reiterate about that bunching up that is not a problem. You may have saved a lot of tatting grief.
Fox : )

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely colour and I must remember it might do the same when I get around to tatting it.
Looking good so far

Julie Romero said...

Pretty color...mine looked about the same before a quick press after that first round!

Ladytats said...

Thanks for the info. While I hate starting late, there are advantages. I have a test tat to do, then I can start my Tat-Along.
Love the sunny yellow color

Michelle said...

Mine looked that way too but not as lovely yellow! Great color!

Cindy said...

Love the yellow color! I think my first go-round with this doily will have to be considered a trial run :/

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Really like the yellow! And I always find it amazing that even a basic first round can look so appealing and attractive in tatting!

Valerie said...

I really enjoy looking at the centre round. It's pretty even without the next rounds. Hmm, that's an idea... :)