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September 13 2018 Tatting Newsletter

Tatting Tips on the Go

Recently we discussed some pertinent tatting information:
What to carry as your basic tatting kit (btk?)

basic tatting kit
How to store shuttles needle and threads?
What small tatted project is easy to make and keep on hand to give away?
What pattern to carry with you for "emergency" moments? (What constitutes a tatting emergency? Being stuck on the one paved road in the area when 20,000 caribous decide to cross the road on their annual migration and you are going nowhere for hours.)

One tip we received was from Gail Baumgardner. She wrote:
"My go bag for tatting includes at least two shuttles plus pattern - nail clippers will do as scissors. My friend made a tea bag pouch that holds at least two tea bags plus sugar packets, it works just fine for shuttles too!"

tatted teapots by Kathy Hodge for a tatting scholarship fundraiser at Palmetto Tat Days 2014

That was good info but she also added:
"For using up bits of thread, make rings with picots to use as flowers on note cards." A very traditional idea that I myself have used many times.

But the next tip that came in really made my shuttle click.

It was simply called "emptying shuttle project." Madhur Dadlani wrote:
"Georgia, I'm not too sure if I can take credit for the Design. That's because I had seen a small motif like this online which gave me the idea to convert it into a project this size. It is growing steadily. [You may know] I've lived in New Delhi since 1980. Now I have moved to the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, and live in Orange County, Indirapuram. I've been tatting for over 4 decades now. I don't design but can see and make almost anything.

Most of the time I'm tatting more than 7-8 projects and have at least 10-12 shuttles filled. This used to leave most shuttles filled with leftover thread in small quantities. About 5 years ago I saw the small motif done with leftover thread. So I used up my leftovers to utilize them like the motif.

center of the doily by Madhur Dadlani

And then it occurs to me. As and when I had 5-6 shuttles filled with small quantities of thread, I would keep adding them to the doily in question.

slice of the doily by Madhur Dadlani
It[happened] particularly on days when I was not in a mood to look and hunt for patterns which were downloaded on my phone or laptop for tatting and yet I was in a mood to tat. So I would pick up my shuttles and empty them.

[Now] I've formed a [sic} whats app group of tatters from India who are regularly in touch and keep sharing our work. Usha is also one tatter from Mumbai.

Wow! full doily by Madhur Dadlani

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Iris Niebach's Earrings This is a snazzy earring pattern by Iris Niebach which features placing a bead in the center of a ring.


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Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor http://tatting.bellaonline.com One of the hundreds of sites at BellaOnline.com

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