Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tatted Heart

I finished this on Saturday, but couldn't take a picture of it until this morning because I had left my camera elsewhere. I hate it when that happens.

I am quite proud of this heart, even though, now that I look at it, I can see I didn't follow the pattern exactly. I also had to open the final ring, because I was so excited about being done that I closed it before joining to the first ring. I managed to get it open, thanks to the instructions on Jon's site (thank you!).

When I looked ahead to the next lesson, I see that it's about starting and finishing projects without knots. I guess I should have waited to make this one.


The reason I am trying to learn shuttle tatting, as opposed to making things with needle tatting, is because of the process. Watching my grandma tat was very interesting and mysterious when I was growing up, and understanding what is going on, and being able to duplicate it is very satisfying to me. Even with my little bit of practice, I can occasionally get into a rhythm and my hands look like my grandma's hands! I'm not planning on making a lot of tatted lace, but I'm very pleased I know how to.

I had a very nice piece of mail yesterday. This is one of my JTA certificates. I got two, one each for the two levels I completed, but I'm not sure which one is which. Also, I was very glad it came with a little diagram showing which side was up, otherwise I would not have known. This is correct, and it reads left to right.


They look hand-written to me! They are very fancy, with a gold embossed border and the red signature block. I want to get them framed. Thank you Barb, for being my teacher and guiding me through this whole process.


MOM said...

Cousin Sue was here last week and was very interested in your temaris and the things Grandma taught you. She tried to learn when she was young, but doesn't have the patience, she said. I gave her your blog address.

tattrldy said...

Jane, your tatted heart looks pretty good. You'll love not having to tie knots at start and finish. It can be a little tricky sometimes, but after a time you might have trouble finding where you started and stopped - really! I've looked back to see your progress and you are doing wonderfully! Keep up the practice. Love your temari balls!