Hello Tatters! I had a chance to do some local traveling this week. I took in the Paris (IL) Honey Bee Festival and brought home some local totally organic honey. My Goodness! It was so sweet..well...as sweet as honey! A couple of pumpkin cookies and a jug of peach cider rounded off an impromptu lunch on the fairgrounds. The air was redolent with wood smoke from reenactors' campfires and piles of burning leaves.
The many small towns through which I drove that day had street after street lined with huge trees. Many showing damage from the recent storms with broken limbs scattered across lawns. But, through it all, there shone the glorious colors of fall leaves. Burnt sugar brown, crab apple red, apricot tinged green sugar maple leaves and glowing golden ginko leaves filled the view. All this color made me long for my shuttles and some fancy hand-dyed threads to try out tatted leaf patterns. Here are just a few of the free patterns I found online.
Tammy Rodgers' famous maple leaf adapted from an old Workbasket pattern:
Ulla's' free form leaves Helma Siepmann style: http://www.occhi-world.de/st_anl.htm
Mimi Dillman's cluny leaf instructions: http://home.netcom.com/~ntrop/cluny/instruct.htm
Ruth Perry's Hanging Cluny Leaf tutorial: http://georgiaseitz.com/2007/ruthphangingcluny.pdf
Lisa Trumble's simple leaf: http://www.thisntat.com/motifs/roseleaf.html
Joy Critchfield's grape bunch with leaves: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2003/joy/joygrape.html
Mark Myer's apple with leaf of inverted style tatting:
Gerda's Butterfly which used Ruth Scharf type tatted leaves as wings:
Inger's daffodil with long skinny leaves: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2002/inger.html
Sieglinda's Iris with tatted leaves with repositional wire added:
Tina Neudorf's leaves of over crocheted or tatted picots: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2002/neudorf.html
Susan Cuss' free form tree with long picot leaves: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2010/susancusstree.html
Georgia's tendrils with leaves tatted from josephine rings:
Butterick's 1896 Tatting and Netting book had an old-fashioned tatted flower with leaves of simple rings:
Samples of leaves:
Carol's blog: http://caroltats.blogspot.com/2009/10/tatting-tea-tuesdays-tatted-leaves.html
Tattingchic's blog: http://tattingchic.blogspot.com/2008/09/more-leaves-have-fallen.html
Tarnished Tatter's blog:
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Nina Libin - Beaded Pearl Tatting (Lace of Beads #17) This study of beaded pearl tatting will offer unique ways to incorporate multiple colors of beads with at least two colors of thread in one pass.
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