So many changes can happen in just one week in autumn. Leaves that were so gloriously beautiful on the trees now lay grounded, wrinkled and brown pushed this way and that by the wind. Here on the plains of Illinois, I do not have to worry about raking leaves. Today they were all blown to the east woods and will make nice mulch for next spring's morel mushrooms.
Today's slightly gray skies were lightened a bit when the mail brought my new copy of the Ring of Tatters (ROT) newsletter. This issue had a trio of bold yellow tatted roses on long leafy green stems. The petals were tatted in block tatting style by Jennifer Williams, ROT member and member of the Online Tatting Class, too. Absolutely wonderful work so precisely done!
The ROT newsletter is in print form A4 size 40 or more pages in both black and white as well as color. Tatting patterns of all levels of complexity are included. Techniques are introduced and sample patterns accompany those tutorials.
Tatters featured in the newsletter represent many countries in the world as well as all parts of the United Kingdom. Since the newsletter does ship internationally, the postage can be a little daunting ($36 for the USA) but the wealth of information and tatting patterns makes it so worthwhile. See http://www.ringoftatters.org.uk/ for details.
Flower patterns are most welcome any time of year, but with the holidays nearing they are doubly welcome. Nothing is better for cheering the home and remembering friends. Flowers created with the block style tatting do work up quickly.
The link to this 3-dimensional block tatted iris, "OCCHIMUSTER-SCHWERTLILIE" copyright 2000 by Sieglinde Grigat, is found on this page: http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/2687.asp. I received this iris as a birthday present from the late Sieglinde.
Block tatting is often seen in vintage patterns. Ila Frost was known for her block tatting.
Pattern for above edging:
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