You see, during our marathon visit, my friend Suneeti noticed that the first part of my ds was quite a bit looser than the second half. I practiced and tested my method of tatting and she watched and commented. What a joy - to have someone right there in the flesh to provide solid and immediate feedback!
The top pattern was tatted in Olympus and Altin Basak, both about #30, I think.
The pattern is from this lovely book that I know I am going to enjoy - the contents are pretty straight forward and do not appear to be difficult in any way.
On the right is Jon's little snowflake, which I posted a few days ago. It has also been tatted utilizing Suneeti's suggestion, and the stitches are the most consistent of any I have previously worked.
From Auntie To My Sis - A Treasure!
Before she came to Toronto for a visit last week, Sis asked Auntie if she had any old lace hidden away. So Sali went on a treasure hunt through her cupboards and unearthed this:
At first we thought there was tatting here, but it is all lacework (about which I know zip!) and also some Irish Crochet. There are a lot of clunies.
It is all very old as it came from a nursing home that was run by another aunt way back in the 1940's. A lot of ladies who retired to the home left very old things (some dating from the 1800's) behind when they departed.
Sis will use these pieces in her "Crazy Quilt" stuff and I kept a few pieces to perhaps add into something tatted:
I cannot but think of the woman or women who produced these tiny lace treasure and imagine she would be pleased to see her endeavours appreciated by other women a number of generations away from hers. This makes me very happy. : )