This is from an Iris Niebach book. The pattern is gorgeous, but for me, impossible to tat well, even though I figured out quite easily HOW to tat it.
I find the patterns in this book ( Tatting Together Square Motifs) very fiddly and though the designs are so lovely, the finished shapes have been so manipulated that I find the process not very pleasurable. Challenging? Yes. But for me, not satisfying.
After 812 days of tatting I felt I could admit that! Yes, 812 days, give or take a day or so. That is how long I have been at it and I do not think I have missed many days along the way. I think I am going to stick with it. : ))
A satisfying tat over the weekend that
was also a perfect challenge:
#95 Lizbeth #40
This is Calendula, by Iris Niebach, from her Tatting Fantasia book #1. I tatted it with these colours, because I had a lot of lilac on a shuttle and I am obsessive about using up thread before I wind more.
I do not think I would normally have chosen the combination, but I rather like it.
As with most of the Iris Niebach designs, I had to un-tat a gazillion times, and I am so thankful that I have this tool:
What do you tatters out there in Tat-Land use, you who tat with a bobbin shuttle as I usually do, when you need to un-tat? I found a pin just did not do the trick.
I had two of the Tat-Pics and lost the Holly - or so I thought - so I orderd another from David. (God forbid I should end up without a spare!)
Then my son found my grandson wandering about the house with a "deadly weapon." ( my son's description - ah, young parents!) So, now I have three. I feel secure and at peace knowing I have an abundance. Doesn't take much!
Today, a surprise in the post:
Goodies from Tattin'Kat:
Thank you so much! Enclosed was a sweet little tatting bag with the pockets inside and a drawstring. Very useful, and there is a lovely note (kind words, indeed!) on a huge red heart the Tattin'Kat and her little daughter made for me.
I love the colours of the vintage thread so much that I am going to load up my shuttles tonight, now that I have decided not to finish that motif!
First, though, I might have to get rid of someone's excesive energy... This is for Margaret...