Monday, June 15, 2009

Gomer Says...



This is my fourth tatting project of the year. Not really a project so much as just playing around. I had thought about putting an initial on a bookmark and tried the alphabet in THE COMPLETE BOOK OF TATTING by Rebecca Jones. That is where my "H" came from. I made up the rest. It may not look like much, but for me, venturing forth on my own is a BIG step! I follow recipes to the letter, and only recently (because I have started sewing with a serger) have I DARED to deviate from a pattern's instructions.

Another tatting first for me is that THE COMPLETE BOOK OF TATTING only has tatting diagrams, no written instructions. I would have been completely lost looking at some of the patterns in that book before, now I kind of understand them!

I also picked up a new skill, the capture join. It's not really a join at all, it is just a way of securing a chain between the ball and shuttle thread. I used it six times in my "Hey!" When I did it well, you don't notice so much, but I kind of messed up on one of the joins in the "y" and didn't snug the stitches up to the join tightly enough. Actually, come to think of it, I did that on purpose to illustrate - yes, that's the ticket, on purpose...

So now I can tat in cursive... I'm sure it will come in handy at some point... I'm going to have to think on that a bit though...

And now, Mayberry etiquette demands that when Gomer says "Hey!" you must appropriately respond, "Hey to Gomer!"

Our next discussion topic will be the proper evening cut off time for airborne rock messages and folding techniques for keeping the rock and paper together during impact for a successful delivery.

8 comments:

TattingChic said...

That is really cute! :)

sewmuchfun4 said...

Thank you Tatting Chic! I believe I may save my tatting cursive for formal correspondence. Perhaps I will use it for invitations to one of my candlelight suppers. :)
Ann

TattingChic said...

That sounds like a lovely idea and a lot of work, but will look so pretty. I'll just stick with calligraphy in a pinch, LOL!

Did I mention before how much I like your header? You have all that tatting there and I used to have a mini sewing chest-of-drawers just like the one you have...it was my grandmother's.

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hello Tatting Chic!
Thank you! My maternal grandmother was the tatter in our family. She made all the tatting in my header (except the rectangular bookmarks which I made). She learned in the twenties or thirties. I think a couple of her pieces are actually lace for dresses. I should post a picture of them by themselves sometime.

How funny about the sewing chest. Mine was also my grandmother's. She kept buttons in it and I just loved playing with them. I was excited when Mom gave it to me as an adult, but bummed not to find the buttons. :)

Ann

Fox said...

HEY, Ann, That is vary daring! I've never tried the letters - they intimidate me! Good for you!

I notice you found the background - cutest blog on the block, too! Pretty.
Fox : ))

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hey to Fox!
Thank you for the tatting flattery! I still haven't figured out a real use for tatted cursive, but I'm a'thinkin'.

When I set up the blog and picked this background, my oldest said it was BO-ring, but I like it because it "goes" with everything and I think it makes some of the pictures pop a little.
Ann

***Jon**** said...

I like the idea of the cursive tatting. Thank you for showing it here. I must give it a try sometime.

sewmuchfun4 said...

Thanks Jon! I think there MUST be a use for cursive tatting, don't you? Especially for people like us, with nice, short names!
Ann