Monday, November 23, 2015

Lilydale Spring Show Entries

Lilydale Spring Show was held this week-end and these are my entries:

In the section "Any article of tatting" I entered a Stawasz doiley
It was awarded third prize

In the section "Any article decorated by tatting", I entered a doll in folk costume
which was awarded first prize

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mrs Petersen's Dinner Setting

I had the honour recently to complete a setting (Adrienne by Semco) which was begun by the late mother of a childhood friend.  She had completed eight plate mats and coasters, and six rounds of the centre.  I did the remaining rounds. 

It was this lady's tatting that inspired me to learn to tat.  I saw some of her work when about 11 yrs., but its beauty stayed with me, and many years later, I finally found a class.  I have been gifted her shuttles and books, and it is very satisfying to see the completed setting on the table.  Many thanks to her daughter for these lovely photos.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bride Doll

Haven't posted for ages, but have most certainly been tatting!!  Obsessed!!  I am not a good photographer though, and get disappointed with the results of photos, so do not post.  However for the purposes of record, I will post photos of my entry for this year's Lilydale Show ( successful).  Being white on white, it of course, doesn't show up well, so I will describe it. 

The doll itself is 2nd hand from ebay, and came dressed in blue as Cinderella.  I wanted a large doll so the tatting could be seen, so I spent ages on ebay looking for one, but eventually I found her.  I began by making her underwear, all decorated with tatting.

The dress itself is crystal organza over satin.  I began with grandiose ideas of making a strapless one, as the doll has a nice bustline, but time and my lack of sewing expertise resulted in it ending up as a basic sleeveless, boat neckline.

The tatting on the dress consists of a double-row edging at the hemline (don't know the designer - saw it on Pinterest), then two spaced rows of small hearts (Irene Wu's Butterfly Heart pattern).  Midway up the skirt I then did five large hearts (Teri Dusenbury's Pattern).  The veil was edged with a simple clover-chain-ring edging. The neckline was also decorated with the small hearts.

All tatting was outlined and secured to the fabric using tiny pearl seed beads, and both the small and large hearts were highlighted at the centre with Swarovsky crystals.  She also had a lucky bridal horseshoe outlined with tatting, and encrusted with small fabric flowers and crystals.  I ran out of time and oomph when it came to tatting the tiara and bouquet, and she had bought ones!

I think that just about covers it.  I will now add the photos - just for the record.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jan Stawasz Doily X from Tatted Treasures

I have just completed the Doily X from Jan Stawasz's book "Tatted Treasures".  It is 54 cm across and was worked in natural, ecru, and medium brown.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Spanish Doll

The dressing, tatting and assembly ot this doll has taken me twelve months.  The object of the exercise is to
show how tatting can be used to decorate an item.  I have also done a fan for her, but haven't attached it
to her hand yet.  The picture doesn't show how her dress sweeps into a short train at the back, and also
the work on the mantilla doesn't show.  I have lost count of how many metres of black lace I tatted. 
It is satisfying to be finished, but also a relief.  Now I can get on with Christmas Tatting.