Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tatterly's Heart

My next heart is one I've been wanting to tat for years - the printout says 1999 on it! The link no longer exists but I found one with the Wayback Machine and you can find it here. It is a design by Dianna Stevens. (update - forgot to mention the name of this pattern is Tatterly's Heart.) UPDATE - if the link does not work for you, copy and paste the following into a separate window:
I tatted this one in Manuela size 20 and color 124. It's about 3" wide and 2 1/2" tall.

I didn't like the way the loose rings flopped around. It made it hard to keep track of what was joined where. Dianna designed it in 1998 and I do think it is such a delicate looking heart but I wondered if it wouldn't look even better in a finer thread.

So I went to DMC size 80, color 3706. The number of stitches is consistent on each ring so I added side picots to join the rings to each other which kept them from flopping around. If you look close on the bigger one, you can see the petals are mostly unjoined. I don't think it really has a visual impact on the finished heart either way, but it was so much easier to keep track of where I was and where to join. The smaller heart is 2 1/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. I thought it would be even smaller. It does look dainty though! This might have to go on something for my granddaughter to-be in May!

Here's a shot with the two hearts together. There are several split rings in this too. I was just wondering about the chains maybe being green and the petals a flower color but that would just get too fiddly with all those split rings. Yeah...SSSR...but I'm a great believer in "if it ain't fun, don't do it".

And once again....I'm up WAY TOO LATE!!!


  1. Now that IS a lovely delicate heart. I DO like Dianna's work. May have to hunt out the red thread!!!

  2. LOVE it! Perfect to adorn the wee bairn's wardrobe!
    Fox : )

  3. Gina, Staying up so late with the hook in hand is, I am sure, why I did that little number on my hand! I sound like "mummy", but just be careful!
    ♥ Fox : )rathsor

  4. Fox - Thanks for the tip! I was counting way too much on getting snowed in and catching up on my sleep during the day this week. I did go in later yesterday but wasn't snowed in. I'm grateful...but it would have been nice. Maybe I need to schedule some vacation. :-)

  5. This is such a pretty, delicate looking heart!

  6. Hi Gina!
    Those are both really pretty! Adding the picots was a very good solution to the floppy problem. I had to read again where they had been added and go back to look for them. You will have so much fun tatting up little things for your granddaughter!
    :) Ann

  7. The heart is beautiful and I think the added picots look great!

  8. oh, I LIKE this heart. Bev

  9. Love the hearts and the colours are real lovely!!!!!

  10. Ooooh, this is beautiful. I love both of them...

    I would like to have the pattern but couldn't get the link to work, can you check that please ? Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Linda

  11. Love the idea of the added picots. I was able to get to the pattern using the bold print address. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Lovely hearts! It's a beautiful pattern that I've wanted to do it for a while, but have not yet gotten around to making it. I need to go dig out my copy to remind myself to make it!

  13. Dainty petals in a graceful arrangement -- this pretty heart appeals to my need for signs of Spring.

    Hurray that the WABAC machine worked for you! (WABAC, if you ascribe to the Sherman and Peabody way of spelling it, but I understand that there is an Internet device called the Wayback Machine. Just being silly!)

    Hope your Valentine's Day was sweet and pleasant.

  14. Wow, your tatting looks so pretty. Thanks for your advice about ergonomics. I passed up the "daily limit" for computer work every day last week, but when that's all you have to do at your job . . . I don't know what else I can do. Lately I've been working with my keyboard on my lap so it's low enough. But I still feel the effects in my wrists. Sigh. Anyway, happy President's Day!

  15. Lovely little hearts Gina,
    I trued to get the pattern but both addys dont work for me

    Joy in OZ


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