Christmas Ornaments Ineke Kuiperij
Everything for Christmas Book 3 by Ineke Kuiperij
Ineke's 2016 new book debuted at the Palmettos Tatting Guild Tat Days for 2016 in Toccoa, GA. The annual event had many tatters, teachers, treasured friends and much more. Ineke Kuiperij is not on the web but a friend who is also a teacher there, Maria Surtel-Smeulders (email@example.com,) brings some to share with us.
The tatting patterns recommend size 80 thread. This makes for delicate and petite ornaments. But the thread size may be adjusted, of course.
I was greatly intrigued by one hanging ornament that has 20 sides! A 6-ring motif in the shape of a parallelogram is repeated 3 times per row in mirror image. They are joined as tatted. Next this strip of three is reversed and repeated for 20 sections. Two accommodations at either end, allow the ornament to be folded accordion-like and secured in place.
Several of the forms reminded me of old-fashioned paper cut ornaments. This honeycomb expanding piece of lace idea is just great!
Ineke is both master tatter and an incredibly creative tatter. All of her patterns are a delight to see and a pleasure to tat. Her gift for tatting 3-dimensional (3-d) objects is astounding. One of her first book had figures created from simple tatted lace strips formed into cones for bodies and cloaks with arms. Very interesting technique.
Back in 2010 and 2011 she published 2 books filled with 3-d holiday ornaments. Several round or oval pieces were made of strips of tatting joined at top and bottom. But, opposite sides had the lace strip twisted for a modern look. Her hanging Christmas tree is represented in minimal tatting but formed with uprights and curves. It was a most basic pattern of repeating rings and chains are curved to look like stylistic tree limbs.
The directions are all in Dutch but, fortunately, a table of tatting terms in three languages is included:
For more tatting inspiration, please see this article on all of Ineke Kuiperij's books:
Note: This book I acquired for my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz.
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