Italian Tatted Jewelry Mag. Review
Tatted Jewelry is High Fashion in Italy!
I am so pleased to share a new series of tatting pattern magazines from Italy. "Il Mio Chiacchierino" is published by Cigra in Milan. It is a slick glossy publication with about 50 pages in each issue. It is in full color through all the pages which are 8" x 11.25" (or 25 x 28 cm.)
The photography is fantastic and tends to glorify even the most basic of tatting patterns into elegant tatted jewelry. Although the patterns maybe tatted by both shuttle or needle, it is indeed intended for the needle tatter. And beaders will love this, too!
The threads used appear to be our familiar favorite, Lizbeth, and the Diamant thread from DMC. Beads of all colors and types are integrated into the jewelry. A tutorial on basic needle tatting is included in the first issue, and a few other technique pages written by Alicia Kwartnik are found in the following issues.
All of Alicja Kwartnik's separately published needle tatting books were also printed in Italian. These new magazine patterns and her patterns are both presented with full color detailed photos and numbered diagrams. The best feature of her books were the many tutorial illustrations. I highly recommended this book for a new needle tatter. I think Alicia worked closely with the editor of this new magazine.
So far, I have acquired 5 issues of "Il Mio Chiacchierino." It appears to be a bimonthly publication which started with #1 in Feb/Mar 2014.
Cover Feb/Mar 2014 issue.
Cover Apr/May 2014 issue.
Cover June/July 2014 issue.
Cover Aug/Sept 2014 issue.
Cover Oct/Nov 2014 issue
There are so many fun patterns to try out but I know that I will start with these curious earrings made from tatted leaves and tatted grapes. However did they get those rings wrapped around like that?
The tatted grape earrings from the cover of issue 5.
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