Wednesday 27 February 2019

Heart O' Daisies

Three daisies were tatted first, then the bottom part of the heart frame followed by the heart border. This heart pattern is found in Teri Dusenbury's book Tatting Hearts. I love its name and how it looks in this thread Altin Basak Size 50 Col. 328. Have you tatted this pattern? 


  1. I haven’t tatted it, but it’s very pretty.

  2. I think I might have this book, I love the heart pattern, love the colour you used too

  3. Yes! I love the way this heart works. I no longer have a good picture, but I worked the daisy motifs in red and the border in a pink variegated. yummy!

  4. Beautiful rendition of Teri's design! I have Teri's 'Hearts' book, but I have not tatted this lovely pattern. Her book was and is so very important to the tatting world, as Teri in the 1990s showed the marvelous design possibilities using split rings. The technique had been 'ignored' for decades. and was described vaguely as 'Reverse Stitch' in a few publications as far back as the '20s. The 'inventor' is unknown (and incorrectly attributed to Anne Orr). But there were few examples shown using the technique. So there was little interest.

    Then Mary Sue Kuhn in the 1970s recognized their importance and was the first to feature split rings exclusively in her publication, 'Joy of Split Ring Tatting'. But even then, split rings still weren't appreciated by most tatters.

    Finally, Teri's amazing heart designs in 1994 made everyone sit up and take notice. and she always credited Mary Sue with resurrecting the technique Mary Sue also gave it the more 'correct' name of 'split rings'.

    However, when I bought Teri's book in 1994 I was a 'new' tatter and I didn't understand the technique at all (especially not flipping the knot) and I tatted only the one heart pattern in the book that didn't feature split rings - Regal Heart (which is still one of my favorites) Now, of course, split rings are considered 'basic'. and I finally learned how to do them and appreciate them. But I don't think many tatters today understand how split rings evolved or how long it took for them to become a 'basic' technique.

    1. Thank you Kathy for your insights on split rings. I did not know that. One of my favorite techniques.