I've learned the basics of tatting using a Shuttle
I only have the plastic shuttles, but click on that link above and see some images of some beautiful shuttles!
Seeing all those lovely shuttles makes me want to continue to practice tatting that way.
Lately though, I've been reading that "needle tatting" is easier than "shuttle tatting" so I ordered some needles to see for myself, and yes...I think it is somewhat easier.
I don't get nearly as many knots as I do when using a shuttle and having to "flip" the stitch.
This is the "Josephine Chain"
a pretty easy pattern to learn and I love how it looks with hemp fibers.
I think it would make a pretty choker don't you?
This isn't tatting of course, I was just wanting to use some of the left over hemp, so I crocheted this necklace using beads.
(you can use beads in tatting too, I just haven't gotten that far yet)
Here's some more pieces with the needle tatting.
These pieces are actually mistakes I've made so I just keep them for embellishments for future mixed media projects.
I love this perle' cotton embroidery floss for tatting
So many pretty colors!
I love to keep my fibers on old wooden clothes pins and spools.
Another Josephine Chain with the cotton thread...
"Oh no! Lucy!"
A Lucy Fiber Frenzy!
1. A state of violent mental agitation or wild excitement.
2. Temporary madness or delirium.
3. A mania; a craze.
"Lucy! Stop it!
"You're gonna mess it up!"
Oh well...it was just practice after all...I just wanted to show you.
So...after the Fiber Frenzy passes, Lucy (in the background) in her kitty crouch, head down and butt in position, waits for the right time to pounce on her big brother Fetzer.
Fetzer gives me that look like "Oh dear, it's going to be another long weekend!"
Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to practice tatting some more (when Lucy is sleeping) and show you some more patterns!
*Just a note...other than this unexpected photo shoot with Lucy, I've been keeping an eye on her whenever she's in that fiber frenzy mood. I'm told that some kittens need to have surgery to remove thread/string that they've eaten!*
Have a great weekend!
Becca & "the kitties"
have never heard of tatting with needles. very cool!
Your tatting is great! Love the colours and it is so pretty when done.
Have a good weekend and hope Fetzer survives haha!
Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
Your little flower chain is so cute! Such talent my friend!
Wishing you and your kitties a fantastic weekend Becca! I hope it's a crafty one! :)
I've enjoyed catching up though....so many lovely things to see! I really like the Josephine chain - its very pretty :-) Even your 'mistakes' are gorgeous ;-)
As for those kitties...well you know I love them.
But now you got me wondering ...Peachy has been sneezing a lot recently and the vet says he hasn't got a cold, but he may have something up his nose. He thinks it could be grass. But Peachy loves playing with my wool when I'm crocheting in the evenings....could it be?
Apparently if he doesn't get any better soon he'll have to go in and have his sinuses flushed out!!!
I think it would make a lovely bracelet too!
I hope you have a great weekend!
PS: your last email cracked me up. We are hippies. : )
I just love your little helper too.
What a sweetheart she is.
Sending you wishes for a beautiful weekend.
Perle Coton is a favourite of mine as well, for so many things, and it is just lovely in your tatting.
have a fun weekend playing!
Hope you can save the next piece from you sweet kitty,-:)
....and yes, string of any kind will always be found by a feline....I have 3....let the frenzy begin! Haha!
I just found your beautiful blog. I am just south of you a little ways. Didn't know there was anybody this side of the rockies that needle tats - Wow - I am so thrilled to see more:)