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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

More Hearts

 I tatted a few more hearts in different colors. The first two are done in Lizbeth size 20 thread, color #628 (Salmon Medium) and color #671 (Christmas Red):

I also tatted some in variegated colors:

These are Lizbeth size 20, color #124 (Spring Garden), color #189 (Pink Ice), and color #178 (Grape Pomegranate). The pattern for these is called Candy Heart and is available in my Etsy shop (click HERE if you'd like to visit the listing). At first I wasn't sure about the variegated threads, but looking at it more I think I like the Spring Garden version. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

New Pattern

 I made a new pattern called Candy Heart. It's available in my Etsy shop (if you want to check it out you can do so by clicking HERE)

The hearts pictured above are tatted in size 80 DMC Special Dentelles, color #210 and color #603. The pattern contains two versions: Candy Heart (pictured on the left) and Candy Heart with Border (pictured on the right).

I also made a few in Liz Metallic thread (colors are Rose on the left and Raspberry Pink on the right):

The construction is similar to my Classic Heart tatting pattern, but I think the Candy Heart is quicker and easier to make. The only advanced technique is a self closing mock ring at the bottom of the heart. Other than that, it's just rings, chains, picots, regular joins, and lock joins.

I've actually been enjoying tatting this pattern, and made samples in DMC size 80, Lizbeth size 20, and Liz Metallic. I may tat a few more over the coming weeks:

One thing to note about this pattern: the Candy Heart (above left) is designed to lay flat with minimal to no blocking. However, the Candy Heart with Border (above right) is designed to cup after closing Round 1:

This is done intentionally, to prevent ruffling after Round 2 is added. As you add Round 2, the design will flatten out, which you can see in the photo below. This sample is tatted in Lizbeth size 20, color #127 Butterfly Breeze:

If you are curious, here is a photo of the ruffling that would occur if Round 1 is tatted flat: 

Anyhow, all of this is mentioned on page 7 of the Etsy pattern, but I just wanted to go into a more detailed explanation here in case it would be helpful.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

This year's snowflake and sale reminder

Each year I choose a snowflake to put in Christmas cards and give away as gifts. This year's snowflake is Snowflake #48 from my latest book Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes. (The digital book is currently available on Etsy and a print version can be purchased on Amazon)

Most of these were tatted in the summer while I was working on designs for the book. I made a lot of versions with slight variations to try and get the pattern just right. It's been over a month since I've picked up my shuttles, but I will have to start tatting a few more of these to make sure I have enough!

A quick reminder: Wednesday, December 2 will be the final day to get discounted patterns from my Etsy shop. The sale ends at midnight EST, so depending on your time zone you may need to get in earlier on Wednesday to take advantage of the sale. If you'd like to visit my Etsy shop you can do so by clicking HERE

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Etsy Sale

I am having an Etsy sale from now until next Wednesday, December 2. Everything in the shop is 20% off, no code needed. If you'd like to head over and take a look, you can click HERE to go directly to my shop.

A printed version of my latest book, Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes, is now available on Amazon. Click HERE to get to that listing, or go to Amazon and search for my name or the book title.

I will eventually have copies of the printed book available in my Etsy shop but it may take some time. I'm thinking early next year is a safe bet. If you want to start tatting these snowflakes this year, I recommend picking up either the digital copy in my Etsy shop or the printed copy on Amazon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes

 My latest collection of patterns, Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes, is finally available in my Etsy shop. There are 48 patterns plus one sample pattern. The book is currently only available in digital format, but I hope to get a print version made sometime in the near future. It's the first time I will be putting something in print, so it's hard for me to say how long that process will take...maybe by the end of the year?

Click HERE to go to the Etsy listing

I often get asked if my shuttle tatting patterns can be done in needle tatting. The answer is yes, but I do encourage tatters to try out some of my free patterns, just to be sure. I've placed two sample patterns from this collection on my free patterns page, and if you can tat both of these you shouldn't have any problems with the other patterns:

Click HERE for the sample patterns

I want to thank everyone who helped test tat these patterns for me! I have emailed all testers the link to the ebook, so if you were a test tatter for this collection and didn't receive the link please let me know!