The thread here is some of the vintage sample that Ladytats sent to me.
It is wonderful to work with and feels like silk.
Seems that I have tatted the same Jennifer Williams design that Frivole also tatted today! Here is mine. I really like this pattern because of the Josephine Knots to which I am very partial and the double picots.
Speaking of double - a little anecdote...
These photos depict the dollar store hankies that I tatted edgings for, using a Karey Solomon and a Bessie Attenborough pattern, respectively.
Seems the two people I gave them to are not at all enamoured with tatted hankies! I watched their faces when I gave them the hankies; the hankies were small surprise gifts for these two friends of the family. The women looked mystified and then - it appeared to me - slightly horrified!
Goes to show you - you have to be very careful to whom you gift these things! I had thought they would be delighted, as they travel to hot countries and they could have popped these little cotton numbers in their handbags, just to have like a kleenex... oh well!
Live and learn. I was so uncomfortable with their reaction - gave them at the same time, so the effect was double! It was one of those situations where you mentally scramble to find a new topic immedietely, to take the emphasis of the situation immedietely. Ohhhhh..... : (
Afterthought: You must understand; these are wonderful women! I love them - and I am certain they would be appalled at my emotional outburst here!
I imagine that this form of artistic expression just leaves them cold. Nothing wrong with that. My reaction was reasonable, but I was foolish to subject myself to tatting-rejection in the first instance. Perhaps I should have asked before I gave them the packages if they liked tatting and would enjoy receiving it. Then there would have been choice.