Social tatting

So… I don’t post anything for ages and all of a sudden, there’s two in one go. We had a long weekend here in the UK, and I went to visit my folks for the weekend. I’m between crochet projects at the moment, and so I tatted while I chatted with my mum in the garden.

It made quite a change actually. My usual tatting routine is: rush for the train, try and get a seat. If I get a seat, hope I also have room to move my elbows. If I have room to move my elbows then out comes the tatting – time for a few rings and chains before packing up again and on to the bus. I usually get a seat on the bus, but it depends how bumpy and how squashed I am as to whether or not I get the tatting out again (also a little bit on the look of the person sitting next to me). Looking back on it, it’s no wonder it takes SO LONG to finish anything.


As I was chatting I decided to go for a more repetitive pattern. I must admit I *love* this pattern. I’ve tatted it before, both successfully, and unsuccessfully! (The successful bit is my favourite piece of tatting ever). This is a Mary Konior pattern (again!) and nice to do – just don’t forget to pay attention to the last set of petals. (It’s also great as it’s shuttle only – no ball, no second shuttle, a marvel!)

two rings

These two are both size 80 thread – they’re about 4cm in diameter. The other one up there ^ is size 100 (about 3.5cm in diameter), and I tatted it a while ago. I shot it really to see what the difference in size was – and actually, the difference is a bit more noticeable in real life. The blue thread is from Yarnplayer.

Believe it or not, I’m midway through another one of these – I’m not sleeping at the moment (bad back) and so I ended up tatting to keep myself awake and sociable in the daytime! This last one will be finished on the train though.

I have plans for these, but it means I have to sew them on to something first, so don’t hold your breath just yet.

Oh! And one more thing. I ran out of thread on both of these and had to add more in. I usually try and avoid that at all costs, but I don’t think I did too badly, even if i do say so myself. Hooray!


6 thoughts on “Social tatting

  1. You’re completely inspiring me to take a tatting project on holiday with me (8+ hours on a plane with a baby? Lace is the obvious choice, isn’t it…)!

    Now to see if I can get a Mary Konior book out of the library in time…

    • oh! You definitely should!

      If there’s a chance your baby will sleep on the plane, but you wont, then tatting is great for long journeys as it’s so portable. Really, its so small it doesn’t really matter if you take it and don’t do it. I usually photocopy patterns out of the book and take just the page I need too. You can fold it up then and it takes up less space.

      Have a lovely holiday!

  2. On my last flight, I was working on some tatting. It’s a great conversation starter and I made friends with a very nice flight attendant. I wound up giving her a pair of my tatted earrings. She said it ws the nicest thing a passenger had ever done for her, and it made my day!!!

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