Tattyhead

Designer of many tatting patterns. Simple method of beaded tatting. Flowers are my inspiration!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Old Xmas cards used up!

I learned to do this box back in the 1960's when I was a young teenager and have never forgotten the pattern. I have made it many times over the years and decided to give it another airing to use up my old Christmas cards. I noticed my neighbour and good friend did not have a decent work box and thought this would fit the bill perfectly.
I took it round this afternoon and she loves it! I also made a little felt pin cushion to get her started.


It is a six sided box. Each side is made separately with a backing card, a decorative card, a round of holes is punched and the whole is covered with polythene.....I then used a sparkly decorative thread to blanket stitch all around each side. The next step is to line each side and then to sew each side together with the same thread used for the blanket stitch. I make a hexagon base in exactly the same way and stitch it in place. The lid is a little different as it has to be made to fit one side as a hinge but overlap the other sides so that it doesn't fall in. I also pad the lid so that it can be used for pins and needles. If I am feeling adventurous I sometimes pad the sides as well, but it does take up some of the space inside. Last of all I make a little tassel as an opener.

Monday, 13 January 2014

New Year Doily - PDF

This little doily pattern is now available in PDF format. Here is the link to the PDF and it is also in my Free Pattern section on the right of my blog. Happy tatting! If you find any glitches in the pattern I would appreciate your update.


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year Doily

I neede some cluny practice and this pattern is working out so well, first time around, that I am writing the pattern out as I go. I am using size 40 thread in white and ecru. When it is finished I will PDF it and put it in my Free Pattern section.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas tree bauble time again!


I have made lots of tatting ornaments over the years and a lot of them are on my tree again this year (the ones that haven't been given away that is!). This year's additions are the pink beaded ones that you can see in the close-ups.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Tree Earrings

I have finally got back into tatting after several weeks of knitting. I have made a lot of snow flake ornaments but forgot to photograph them before giving them away!
I have now made 4 pairs of Christmas Tree earrings....I made the first pair for my neighbour's daughter, Louise, with whom we are spending Christmas dinner and she suggested that we all (ladies that is) wear the same earrings and so I made another two pairs. When I told another friend what I had bee up to she said, "Oh! I need a pair as well....I have got to dress up in Christmas stuff at work!" She works at a local large supermarket. And, of course, other friends and family are jumping on the band wagon....I now know this pattern off by heart! LOL!!!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

More Star Attractions!

Miranda sent me these lovely pics of my Star Attraction doily that she had made in beautiful pastel shades. Here is the link to her blog where she tells about it.

Miranda also told me about Fox's version of the same doily and here is the link to Fox's blog showing the details.
What an amazing job they have both done and doesn't it show what a difference colour makes to any tatting?

Monday, 29 July 2013

Red & White Display

OK, OK!! I know it has been AGES since my last post, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been tatting....it simply means that I have been tatting surprises that I cannot blog about. But at last I have been able to do something I CAN talk about. This little display is for my next-door neighbour, Sue, who is an absolute treasure to me. She bought the red thread from a car-boot sale for just a few pence...didn't even really know if it was suitable for tatting....but got it anyway. She just happened to drop on to Coates vintage thread (size 20) in perfect condition and who better to tat it up for than for Sue herself. She isn't the doily type of person but loves this sort of thing.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Classic Doily Version 2 - all finished

Finished at last. This doily was so big I had to photograph it on the carpet!
I think the colour bands work extremely well with this design.
I shall edit the pattern when I get a chance and put the PDF here in my free pattern section.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Nearly there - Classic Doily


Just started the last round - which is the same scallop round as before. Will post a picture when it is all done. Done in Aida size 20 the large doily will measure about 17 inches in diameter.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Another Classic Doily Version


This is my Classic Doily done again in brown and ivory (my husband's favourite...and we have to keep the men sweet don't we?). The last time I did it in these colours I simply did all rings ivory and all chains brown, but this time I wanted to do blocks of colour.
 
The doily could be finished at this point and, done in size 20 cotton, it is a decent size, but I shall carry on and do the whole pattern. However it would make a good dressing table set with one large and two smaller ones.
 
I have also done a small mat just to use some thread up on my shuttles. I think it looks a bit like a Catherine wheel, but I won't be writing the pattern out as it needs tweeking.
 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Delicacy Doily

 

Here is my latest doily made in Perle size 12. The PDF for the pattern is in my Free Pattern section or you can get the link here.





This is the original design that I did last June but I wasn't happy with the stitch count
The lilac one was my next attempt and it was much better but still not quite right.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Four Square Doily

I have now finished the pattern for the square motif that can be put together to make a doily as large or small as you would like. Here is the PDF ENJOY!
 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Collar design process

First attempt, scrapped, I didn't like it at all!

Second attempt, better, a base to work from

Third attempt, definitely got the shape I want, but decided against using lock stitch chains. They are far too laborious! My next effort I changed the LSCs to ordinary ones, I reduced the stitches of the split rings in the row between the chains, and I have added a final row which I will post a picture of when completed.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

3 X 3 Square with Edging

Here is the little square motif pattern done 3 X 3 and then a simple little edging to finish it off.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Split Chain Doily Set

Here is the pink set completed. It turns out that my neighbour is not really into delicate lacy things so I shall keep this as a "stock" item to give as a present to someone else in the future.
This is my next project - a square motif that can be put together as often as the tatter wishes. The first square was not quite right, but I was pleased when only my second attempt worked very well. I am now in the process of photographing the motifs as I make them so that I can produce a pattern for them. The 4 squares above have not been pressed and so do not look as good as they could. When I have completed the pattern I will post a better picture.