Tat-ology is the blog belonging to Fox, a Canadian who has only been tatting for 6 years as I write this. Her output is amazing and ever so inspirational. Filled with gorgeous pictures of incredible tatting, this blog is certainly a pick-me-up and always inspires me to reach for my shuttles. The size of some of her pieces is truely daunting! What seems to take her only a few weeks will take me years to complete. A few years ago Fox turned her hand to design and has produced some really beautiful pieces. She shares the patterns for free on her site. Visit Tat-ologyRead More →

Needle Tatting and Other Nonsense – The Musings of a Tattooed Needle Tatter is the website of the intensely talented Pamela Quevedo, known as TotusMel. Pamela is a stay at home Mum who is home schooling her children and also a very creative needle tatter. Her amazing creations have certainly inspired many new tatters around the world. Pamela writes about her day to day life, the creative process and the ups and down of her Etsy shop business. Her posts are regular and reasonably short but littered with fabulous photographs. I feel like I’ve known Pamela for years, it’s sometimes hard to remember that sheRead More →

I’m very excited to be able to announce that Ill be teaching needle tatting at the 2015 Edinburgh Yarn Festival. This inexpensive yet versatile lace technique can be used to create everything from accessories and embellishments to decorations and even jewellery. You’ll learn the basic lark’s head knot and double stitch and how to create lace patterns with chains, rings and picots. I’ll take you through pattern-reading skills and show you where to find vintage patterns. Other techniques you’ll learn include: joins, node stitch, beads, floating rings and split rings. Use the skills you’ve learned to make a stunning lace bookmark or pendant. The EdinburghRead More →

So, in my last post I talked about the various options that have me stumped in working out what my next big tatting project will be. So after a few days of mulling things over I’ve made some decisions but there’s still some deciding left to do. 1. Pattern The coffee table mat has been removed from the options. Even though that is the emotional choice, being the first big project to catch my eye. It measures 19 inches in diameter in Coats 10, but I think I will enjoy the other two more. The Fujito doily has a couple of rows that feature motifsRead More →

I’ve got crafter’s block. Yes, I know I have a number of WIPs but you see I’ve been wanting for months and months to start a BIG tatting project. The problem is that there’s just too many options. Every now and then I start to work my way through to finally make a decision and get started, but then I find that I’m neck-deep in calendar days and I’m paralised by the options. So today I thought I’d let you in on my options in a hope that someone might have some insights to help me to get a little closer to actually have aRead More →

It’s been a crazy few weeks here, but I guess that’s the same for everyone in the Christmas countries. As a result I have totally failed to send cards to anyone, presents have made it only by the skin of their teeth and because I bypassed the wrapping and went straight from store to Mum (thanks Mum!). I also failed to procure baubles for the Christmas tree – shops are out of red ones, I don’t understand! However, we did survive gastrogeddon which Katja generously brought home from nursery to share. Speaking of nursery, she is loving it now. Gets excited when we arrive andRead More →

My poor old laptop is 5.5 years old, but thanks to some clever upgrades it’s still going strong. Over the last couple of years I’ve upgraded the RAM and the hard drive as well as the operating system. Well today was time to do some long-awaited cosmetic upgrades. The black and white skin is one I put on within a week of purchasing the laptop itself and while the lid has looked fabulous, the edges of the keyboard rest were starting to get slightly tatty, plus I’m kinda over the black and white. DecalGirl was having a sale so I took the opportunity to purchaseRead More →