Saturday 30 March 2013

Anna's Doily

Frivole and Fox tatted this pattern by Karla Barraza which is quite amazing. Karla designed a beautiful pattern. Round 4 was particularly interesting to tat.

Mine is tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 Raspberry Pink Lt (#623). It measures about 8 inches across. I found two mistakes while blocking.

Friday 29 March 2013

Light Globules

It is nice to dine out and be served food that you did not have to prepare. It was happy hour and I was admiring these 'globules' of light while dusk sets outside.

Thursday 28 March 2013

Workbasket Doily WIP 2

Rounds 2 & 3 are complete. Since they are simple ring and chain, I decided to use multicoloured for Round 2 and black for Round 3. What will Round 4 be tatted in? All threads are Size 40.

Wednesday 27 March 2013

More Tins

to be added to the collection. These are tins from the Chinese New Year cookies. One depicting the Chinese Opera and the other are scenes from Singapore.


Tuesday 26 March 2013

Seashell Coaster

I named this 'seashell coaster' as I do not read German. The pattern is from Susanne Rolf's Mustersammlung book on page 42. I tatted this for Judy as a belated birthday present. Judy loves pink and this is actually a little more peach than pink (Venus Size 40 #103). I forgot to join the side picots so I left it as is. It would probably look neater with the side picots joined but this looks lacier.

Monday 25 March 2013


Is it a sculpture or is it a real grasshopper?

Saturday 23 March 2013

Workbasket Doily WIP 1

I am starting a new doily called 'Snowflake in a Circle Doily' from the Workbasket May 1956 issue which Sheila sent me. Since Fox inspired me to used different colours in one doily with her Honey Napkin, I am starting row 1 with black. Did you notice the shape of the rings? It looks like the shape of a butternut squash. This is created with two dimples instead of one dimple as done in a dimpled ring. I guess this is the snowflake.

Friday 22 March 2013

Sally's Earrings

I made this for Sally for her participation in the Rose Arrangement challenge here. She just e-mailed two days ago to say she has received it. Hope she enjoys it. Tatted in white threads and Delica beads.

Gunhild, you have not sent me your address. Ellen, hope you received yours in the mail.

Thursday 21 March 2013

The Workbasket from Sheila

Sheila H from Canada sent me this Workbasket issue a few weeks ago. Thank you so much Sheila.

In it, is a tatted doily pattern. Sheila tats but she found this while clearing some things and thought I would find it interesting. Yes, I did. Besides the one tatting pattern, there are crochet patterns, one knitting pattern, articles, tips and recipes.

It was also full of ads from 1956 and I found a few very intriguing e.g. tiny flower lanterns (3 inches) to brighten up your flower arrangement or the greeting card vases or the air cap which can be attached to your hair dryer and dry hair in minutes.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Corner Lace B


This pattern is from Susanne Rolf on page 16 of her book Mustersammlung. There are two versions of this pattern. Both are pretty - A & B. I did not graduate the picots on this one.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Dreaming of Spring

In some places, spring is already here. I am just remembering these cherry blossoms. Photos taken from our past travels.

How I wish I was having lunch under the cherry blossoms in Japan today. 

Monday 18 March 2013


While tatting this pattern I had this strange feeling the tatting was all wrong. I had to unpick several times because of this. It was not easy during the first few repeats but after that, it gets more manageable.

This is Francesca from Iris Niebach's book Tatted Doilies. I spotted a few mistakes in my tatting but I'll let it go. Tatted in Coats Mercer Size 20 threads in Ecru (#625), it needed about 34m per shuttle and the doily measures about 9 inches across. I must try Amanda next.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Homemade Cake for Tea

This is a yuzu (instead of lemon) poppy seed cake with butter (real butter) icing. This type of cake with butter icing brings back memories of birthday cakes from the past. Icing was a treat and only on birthdays. I like the crunch of the poppy seeds when you bite into them. I enjoyed them with a cup of Earl Grey. Yummy!! My sweet temptation for today.

Friday 15 March 2013

Happy Hearts

I saw the Happy Hearts that Michelle tatted and wanted to try. The pattern is by Frivole. I thought I knew how to do Catherine Wheel joins but I was wrong. What I thought I knew, tatted on the right in Madder Tatter (HDT by Tat-ilicious) was not right. I finally watched Marilee's video and got it (left). Thank you all.

Thursday 14 March 2013

My Doggy Cat

 Tsuru - my constant companion

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Corner Lace A

This pattern is from Susanne Rolf on page 16 of her book Mustersammlung. Tatted in Manuela Size 20. This pattern looked quite challenging.  Boy, was I wrong! It was easy. I wonder how it would look without the graduated picots. Perhaps I will try and see . . . . . .

Tuesday 12 March 2013


It looked out of place in the cafe considering the other furnishings, but it was a lovely shade. The metal lampshade was punched with tiny holes imaging roses. I was there enjoying a cup of coffee.

Monday 11 March 2013


This pattern is one of Iris Niebach in her book Tatted Doilies. I was looking for oval patterns and this one looked manageable. This is tatted in Size 40 threads and measures 9 by 6 inches. I think this would look better in a smaller size thread.

Saturday 9 March 2013

Pram #2

One more pram from this year's TIAS. If you missed the TIAS, you can still tat this, just link here (left side of page). Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in #137 Berry Burst and Milford Size 40 Black.

Friday 8 March 2013


and putting down roots;
Expanding or doubling in size;
Take over and extinction;

Thursday 7 March 2013

Tatted Doily No. 1510-51

This was suppose to lie flat but I think the chains are too long so this is cupping so much that it may be best used as a hair bun snood. I could not block it properly but managed to drape it over something domed and allowed it to dry. The pattern is extracted from Home Needlework Magazine (Oct 1915). The thread is a HDT called Punk Princess by Tat-ilicious. This is how it should look.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Steamed Yam Cake

This is a savoury steamed 'cake' made of yam (taro) cubes in rice flour and garnished with dried shrimp, fried onions, fresh sliced chilli and spring onions served with a sweet soya bean sauce. It is normally eaten as a snack or for breakfast.

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Arrangement of Roses

The submissions are in for this challenge to arrange two dozen roses. Which arrangement do you prefer?

Submitted by Gunhild

Submitted by Singtatter
Chinese character for 'happy'

Submitted by Sally K

Thank you for participating - Gunhild, Singtatter and Sally. Please send me your mailing address and I will send you a small gift.

Monday 4 March 2013

Mom's Oxalis

This is from mom's garden. These Oxalis have larger leaves and white flowers. I have yet to take a photo of the Oxalis which is considered a weed here.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Ellipse Completed

Ellipse is a pattern by Janet Carroll. I used Venus Size 40 and it ended up measuring 17 x 14 inches. My chains seem longer than the photo in the book. AAA saw it when I was blocking it and asked if it was a fish. He seems to think I only tat animals. What was I going to do with it? Shall we frame it? I was thinking of putting it as a centrepiece on a plain table cloth but framing it is another way to go. I have more walls than tables.

I found two mistakes in the tatting. Can't bear to see if there were more. But I do like the shape of this. What's next?

Friday 1 March 2013

Tsuru's New Basket

I picked this basket up from the bin. Someone who did not have a use for it, threw it away. It is the perfect size for Tsuru. Placed it on the sitting room floor and she got right in. Her new day bed.

I found another little eatery called Tsuru - koshi. See the crane with udon in its beak?

And . . . Annie sent me this link. Check it out - a whole collection named Tsuru.