Butterflies by Iris Niebach
Iris has just published another fantastic book. This one is devoted all to butterflies! A dozen fluttering beauties are presented in this 35-page book, paperbound and privately published by Iris ©2016. These delicate creatures are dressed in so many colors...as many colors as the flowers in the gardens in which they live. They are not just a delight to behold, but they are a pure joy to tat.
Although Iris is recognizably a traditional tatter, she has also fully embraced and incorporated the modern tatting techniques such as block tatting, split rings, self-closing mock rings and Josephine rings in her designs. This new book features Maltese tatting. woven picots, and cluny tatting. The daintiness of her lace butterflies are enhanced by the suggested use of many colors.
Note: Iris Niebach included a special note of thanks for well known tatter, Sherry Townsend, who tat tested the butterflies
The illustrations are all in color and even the diagrams are color-coded. See sample above here.
I don't usually pick a "favorite" pattern, but allow me to draw your attention to the front cover, the butterfly at the upper left corner. It has a body of cluny tatting in a delicate lavender color which also accents the wings. The lower wings are much smaller than the upper wings but their deep green color makes them stand out. But, oh my, the upper wings are glorious. A ribbon of yellow and green color cluny leaves weaves its way through the wing forming a flower, leaves, picot daisy flowers and little buds. Just excellent.
Iris is endlessly fascinated by tatting and has now published several books. She is a multilingual international teacher having taught tatting in Japan, in Denmark, at Palmetto's in South Carolina, and at Lacis in Berkeley, California. Her books are a good addition to your tatting library.
A sample of her work from the files on the Online Tatting Class.
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