Saturday, August 18, 2007

Old Finds

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I finally found some old tatting pictures that I had been looking for. I think I mentioned them in a very early post. Anyhow, here they are. The quality of the pictures are rubbish because digital technology wasn't so hot back in 2000. That is also when these were tatted. The mini doily was tatted with some tiny silver fussy fussy thread that I will not tat with again. It is about the size of a quarter.
The baby booties are a pattern from Gloria Crowther's Beginning Tatting.
They were tatted with some vintage thread that had metallic thread running through it.
I think I sold these baby booties on eBay for about $12. I was pretty desperate for money back then but I can tell you I wouldn't sell any tatting for that low of a price now.
My tatting has improved immensely since these items. I didn't know how to hide ends back then. But it is kind of fun to look back so that I can see how far I have come.
In fact this last year has been an amazing tatting year (as far as impovement is concerned) for me. The establishment of the MySpace tatting group was a catalyst for many wonderful things. The group challenged me to hide my ends and think of my work in a much more critical way. I was introduced to new threads. A friend in the group told me about the Shuttlebirds convention which taught me so very much and was the very first time I got to be around other tatters.
All those things led me to create this blog which also keeps me on my toes. Not to mention the joy of making ceramic tatting shuttles which helped me to think of tatting in yet another light.
I know I still have a lifetime of learning left, but I welcome all the new adventures and challenges to come my way.

3 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Your pieces are beautiful! I wish I had kept some of my earlier pieces, or at least pictures of them. I have a couple of patterns for baby booties and baby hats, but I haven't had the confidence to start any yet! Maybe after I finish the hanky, or the doily, or ... you get the idea!

Tattycat said...

I'm so glad to see pictures of some of your earlier pieces. It is so interesting to watch our progress. I love the little booties and might have to try them. I have made a couple of baby hats. I didn't know about the myspace group. I'll have to look at that. You are doing great and I am so thankful to have you for a tatting friend.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Thank you Diane and Laura,
It is a blessing to have both of you as tatting friends!