Sunday, 31 August 2008
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
I love the jewellery, pottery, embroidery designs, traditional costume, beaded slippers of the Peranakans. The above photos were taken from this book on kebayas (traditional embroidered blouse). These kebayas are from the private collection of the late wife of Malaysia's prime minister.
My maternal grandmothers, yes, both wore the Peranakan sulam (embroidered) kebaya blouse and sarong every single day. She kept the more elaborately embroidered kebaya blouse for Sundays when she attended church. Of course, hers were not as elaborate as those in the above photos. More kebayas at this site.
These kebaya blouses did not have any buttons, instead she used a set of kerosang (three brooches) to hold the blouse together. The kerosang is also considered as jewellery, often made in gold and intan (rose-cut diamonds).
I use to watch her on her sewing machine making the embroidery. Back then, I was too young to have that determination to learn. It was difficult because although you used a sewing machine, you had to guide the needle manually to where it should go with the help of an embroidery frame, not the programmable machines that we have today.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Monday, 25 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Singtatter will be getting the pastel tatted heart. Congrats! Do send me your details and I will send the heart off to you. Thank you to all who participated. I hope you will come back and visit. I am thinking of a challenge in the next week or so.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
I received this from Noreen a few days ago. I have not used this type of shuttle before and found it a little difficult to get use to. I hold the shuttle on its flat side near the tail but it seems to get caught with the threads each time I tat. Any tips of how to hold this properly. I would appreciate any help.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
If you have read my last post, you would know that this is the second heart of Martha’s Celtic heart pattern. This heart is a slight modification of that pattern. It’s tatted in pastel colours using Olympus cotton thread in Size 20 and measures 3 x 3 inches. I am giving this away and if you would like a chance to receive this, just leave a comment on how you would use this tatted heart by 23 August 2008. I will do a draw on the 24 August 2008 and list the winner then. Do check back to find out who the winner is.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
These are the colours of Singapore flag. A tatted motif with the same colours to celebrate Singapore’s 43rd year of Independence. This is the other vintage pattern which I was talking about last week. It is actually a slight variation because I made only 3 picots instead of 4 in round 2. The one in variegated blue is the original pattern.