Friday, February 05, 2010

Yesterday I had lunch at Sgt. Preston's with my cousin Deb (left) and my sister Linda (right). Both are talented craftsters. Deb had made a photo album for her son of her late father and his family and I was getting a sneak preview. It was beautiful and I loved seeing old photos of people who were part of my childhood. Her dad's family actually grew up on a farm very close to where I lived. In fact, her mother and another sister of my mom, married brothers in that family so they are all near and dear to my heart. It was the first time I'd seen such early (aka YOUNG) photos of her grandparents and aunts and uncles. It feels funny to be way older than any of them were in those photos.

After my last post, I decided I NEEDED to tat! So I threw all my pinks and reds into one bag with the intention of tatting hearts with my Valentine colored stash. I started out emptying a shuttle with red thread and got almost done before running out of thread. I'll get back to it later. It was late and I didn't want to try to figure out how much thread to put on the shuttle to finish it.

Then last night I got home later too, but sat down and wound a few shuttles and tatted this sweet little heart basket. The pattern is by Witt Wittman and you can contact her from her website to purchase the pattern. It used to come with one of her books but I think she sold it separately too. I forgot to put a tassle on this one but it's nice even without it. I tatted it in Oren Bayan, size 12 perle, and in color 99.

I hope to tat a few more from favorite patterns over the next week. This little heart basket is a favorite,as well as Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts, Sue Fuller's Heart's Desire, and Irene Woo's Heart of the Butterfly. I also love the Daisy Heart from Workbasket, a heart basket by Rosemarie Peel, and Martha Ess's entire book of hearts, Tat's Amore! Those are my absolute favorites. There are a few I haven't tried that I want to try yet, but these are the ones I keep coming back to.

Watch for more valentines as the days progress!


  1. I love your Valentine colored stash! Can't wait to see more of your heart projects =)

  2. I like your new picture.

  3. The reds and pinks look so good!!!!
    And the basket is really cute~~~

  4. Why does your cousin Deb look like she's in pain and your sister, Linda, look like she has an evil grin on her face? Is your sister Linda pinching your cousin Deb or inflicting some sort of unseen pain on her???


    The pinks look so fun all bunched together in that basket...speaking of baskets that little heart basket is darling. I suppose you could make a heart basket with any two identical hearts and just tat up a handle! What a fun idea! :)

  5. Tatting Chic - Deb really has a nice smile but I only took the one photo. It would not surprise me if Linda was pinching her though. LOL! Yes, you could take any heart, square, or round shape and turn it into a basket. When Witt had this on a different website where she sold her tatting, she suggested an engagement ring would just fit in it, for the romantics in us all. Do you suppose any guys actually read that though?


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