Wednesday, 9 February 2011

And the work begins

I wrote about my niece in this earlier post. Now the work has begun on getting everything ready for the big day, except that for me, I will have to double the effort.

You see, since that post, another one of my nieces will be getting married too.  And the two weddings are just a month apart from each other. It will be a busy time for me for the next few months.  So much so that I have decided to put aside all my current tatting projects and focus on these two events.

There are a few things that I am thinking of making to decorate the gifts and wedding favors.  I started working on a flower pattern by Mary Konior.  These are the Bell Flowers from Tatting with Visual Patterns.  Can't quite decide which colour beads to use. 
Bell Flowers - with white beads, coloured and mirror beads

They look quite pretty when bunched together like this,

Then, I tatted a small basket, which I plan to use as receptacles for the bunga rampai. I have not decided how many of these baskets that I need to make.

Bunga Rampai is a scented mix of flower petals and finely sliced pandanus leaves that is usually part of the decoration for the wedding gifts exchanged by the two families.

Now, got to wait and see if the mothers of the brides are agreeable with these, ha ha ha ha.....

Friday, 4 February 2011

This thing called Tatting

  1. Instead of asking you to get help, you will received applause, pats on the back and hearty welcome greetings when you admit to be an addict!
  2. You openly admit to making a mistake people think you are creative!
  3. You actually enjoy unpicking your stitches! well ... at least some do
  4. There is never a wrong choice! You can do up/down, front/back, reverse order, count/don't count the join, needle/shuttle and you still get to where you want to go.
  5. There is only one stitch to learn, but oh boy, imagine what you can do with it!
  6. It is the only thread craft that can't be duplicated by machine (?)  ... at least, I have not seen any.  There are machine embroidery that is made to look like tatting but it certainly does not show that actual doublestitches that identifies tatting!
  7. You enjoy that feeling you get when people ask you what you are doing and seeing the look on their faces when you say that its tatting.  Admit it ... you do!
  8. You can survive with only three brain cells. (just had to add this after reading Jane's comments)
 *enough rambling - break over, back to tatting, LOL