Ineke Kuiperji's Musical Clowns
Ineke Kuiperij is a master tatter from the Netherlands. Her talent for constructing 3-dimensional (3-d) objects from tatted lace is astounding. Although the text of her 13th book, Musical Clowns, is in Dutch, there are abbreviations given in the front of the book which are in Dutch, German and English. See photo of the list below. This enables all of us to work these delightful patterns. Online tatting terms equivalents are available if additional help is needed. The diagrams should be carefully studied before beginning the pattern. I would also recommend marking a path to climb from the center out or from row to row without cutting the thread.
This is the diagram for tatting the clowns' gloves. It may be tatted in one pass without cutting the thread. It begins in the center with a regular ring and is surrounded with chains. The thumb, of course, may be thrown off from either side. So cute.
As I have said many times before, Ineke is a master tatter and I highly recommend all her books. Please see the article on all of Ineke Kuiperij's books:
I was charmed by the unusual adaptations Ineke created with the tatted block. The drummer clown has block tatting wrapped around his head for hair and the lapels of his coat are a series of blocks tatted in different lengths. But I much admire her creative use of split rings and chains to create the violin.
Unfortunately, Ineke Kuiperij is not on the web. She may only be contacted through Maria Surtel-Smeulders at firstname.lastname@example.org
An incredibly creative tatter, Ineke's books are a treasure. Here is a table of tatting terms in three languages:
The wonderful book of tatted clowns and musical instruments was given to me by my good friend, Riet, and is now a part of my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz.
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