Friday, April 17, 2009

Marie got her package!

I said I'd let you know what she got at the weekend but I really thought it would be a bit earlier. Priority mail sure has slowed down! I know the mail only travels at night but I was shocked to see that it was still only in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning. The poor dear has already had to wait two months since her name was drawn!!!

I had this done early, as far as the sewing goes and I even had the tatting done but could not find the time to marry them! I was really pleased with how they turned out. The little pouch is like the others I've made and the business card holder is too, just tweaked a bit and I printed off some "tatting business" cards for Marie and stuck them in there. There are some very nice elegant templates available online. Marie had told me that green was her favorite color.

This is another basket like one I made earlier but this one has the handle. I used the 3D daisy motif from Little Grey Bungalow for the blossom.

This one has a different smiley bead. The leaves are a leaf pattern from Rosemarie Peel's book, 20 Tatted Motifs, which is no longer in print, but you might find a copy somewhere.

The yellow edging is Camomile from Mary Konior's Tatting Patterns. I added some tatting buttons from Emblazon Yourself! and filled it up with goodies. It really holds things well. I may put a handle now on the 1st one I made.

So that ends my year of celebrating monthly blog anniversary winners. I think there were something like 70+ entries. While I appreciate my readers, what I really love is that you all love tatting and are doing your little (or big) part in keeping it alive. I so much enjoyed making every recipient's package! Some I knew well and others I met for the first time. There's something special about tatting something for someone who appreciates this particular type of lace. I wish I had the time and energy to make something for each and every one of you.

I hope to get back to the vintage/mystery patterns soon. I may offer them differently - I don't know. The idea of tatting without a picture or diagram was meant to provoke thinking. It kind of forces you to think about how designs come about, how shapes take form. I think we've got some of that going on now with Sharon's design class and with the TIAS designs so maybe I'll focus more on conversion and updating - making some of those beautiful old patterns more accessible to the average tatter.

For now, I'm going to go finish a teapot!


  1. All of the gifts are so pretty. You are so generous with your talents and the fruits of your labor. Thank you for all that you do to keep us inspired. I love tatting without diagrams and being surprised!

  2. Very nice! I agree with Tattycat; you are very generous with your talents. Lucky Marie! :)

  3. Super cute presents, Gina!

  4. Hi Gina, I saw the package you sent to Marie. I loved all her goodies. You did a great job putting her package together. I loved the felt basket the best, Meagan did too. Well Meagan and I are going to work on our teapots.

  5. The bag is so pretty.


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