4 March 2011

The Wedding Pt 2 & Singapore

Got all my material ready for the tatting to make the bunga rampai container to be used as part of the wedding gifts.

I made another design for the bunga rampai container.  This time I used a small cup/glass and designed an edging to surround the cup.

I tatted the same pattern for both green and purple but somehow it turned out differently when I place round the cup.  When I placed on the green one, it turned away from the cup.  Then I tatted the purple one and  place it on the cup it hugs the cup.  Now I am not sure which one looks better.  I plan to tat a smaller edging to place round the lip of the cup.  I don't have the design yet for it though, maybe I'll use the evergreen hen-and-chicks.

The thread that I will be using for this wedding project is Milford Mercer size 20 which I bought in Singapore.  I like the Milford thread because it is 6-ply. Over here, only the Cebelia has many colour choices, but thay are 3-ply and I don't really prefer tatting with 3-ply thread.  Getting the milford was not the only reason to go to Singapore, though.

Sheila, Jessica and me
I was not able to meet with Sheila when I was in the UK at the end of last year, even though I had planned to. As Sheila regularly visit Singapore, I decided to make the trip to meet her there when she wrote to say that she will be coming over. We agreed to meet in Spotlight, where I bought the Milfords.  As I also wanted to get some beads, Sheila suggested that we go to Arab Street for them.  That is where I got the green and purple beads.  I could have spent the whole day at Arab Street, if only for the beads and the findings and the notions, but that will have to be for another day.

From Arab Street we adjourned to Raffles Hotel for some tatting talk over tea.
Sheila and me at Raffles Hotel cafe chatting over tea
That was when Sheila brought out all the goodies.

Tatted hankie from Sheila
I received this pretty hankie from Sheila with tatted edging. Sheila then challenged me to produce something equal of her high quality work by giving me the pattern for the edging and a blank hankie.

Note: the tatting is not the edging for the hankie
Jessica showed a very pretty and delicate doily, about 10 inches wide, made with size 80 thread which I forgot to take a picture of.  I was ashamed to admit to both of them that I don't tat with size 80 much. Then there are these wonderful books by Pam Palmer.

Tatting Treats and Festive Elephants by Pam Palmer
That was one happy tatter who returned home that day, he he he ....

And happier still when, on the next day,  the postie delivered my pop-a-bobbin shuttle that I had ordered from Jane.  This one is in ebony.  This new pop-a-bobbin is slightly slimmer in size that the earlier one that I bought.  I like the new size better.


  1. Your glasses will look brilliant for the wedding, I love the look of the elephant, I love elephants, I am sure you are going to enjoy the books and Janes shuttle. Your piece showed how happy you are.

  2. I like both the green and the purple. I wonder why one hugs the cup and the other flairs? Strange! : )

    It looks like you had a lovely visit. The edged hanky is so pretty!

  3. It's always fun to meet with other tatters and share. I don't tat a lot with size 80 either or even 60/70. I do like 40 & 50 more so maybe I'll eventually gravitate towards the finer threads. So much of what I have is vintage and breaks easily so has to be disposed of. I like your cup huggers!

  4. i love reading your blog.

  5. Love the tatting around the glasses! :)

  6. I hope you have plenty of time before the wedding! I think the cups look nice as they are; another edging around the top might be too much.

  7. I agree - as they are is perfect!

    Enjoy your books and shuttle. Nice!

    Your blog looks amazing, by the way! I like the changes a lot.
    Fox : )

  8. The glass decorations are lovely. Both the hugging and the flared look right. So a mixture of both styles and colours will look amazing.

  9. Hi, The tatting is beautiful on the glasses on the green tatting did you try turning it (like inside out) I don't know how to explain it. But what once went out might flair in ?

  10. The tatting around the glasses is lovely, strange how one hugs and the other doesn't. I really must make that journey to Singapore especially Arab Street my son (who lives there) talks so much about it. Also great to meet another tatter, shame you did not get to see Jane. Yes the shuttles are coming out much slimmer, I'm in the garage has bought new tools and I must say ebony is one of my favourite woods, although we have so many different woods in the garage at the moment!

  11. I like browsing through your blog, it is very interesting!
    Good tatting!

  12. A little late... but is that lace tatting on the 'awning' of your tudung?


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