Please welcome to Tatland one of the latest victims to fall prey to THE TATTING BUG!!! I found Lelia's blog through a comment she left on Gina's blog (I'm missing her while she is taking a blog break) during the One World One Heart celebration on A Whimsical Bohemian's blog (shoof, that's ALLOTA links).
Lelia began tatting lessons with a REAL, LIVE tatting instructor (I KNOW! I had HEARD that they existed in the wild and not just in captivity on my computer screen, but I have never SEEN one myself) at the end of October last year and has been making GREAT progress! Yesterday she celebrated quite a milestone in my humble opinion - conquering the twisted picot problem all new tatters encounter in making their first motifs. I am SO happy for her and excited to say that she found my Twisted Picot Join Tutorial helpful (the husband and kids are tired of hearing about it, so I figured I would bend your ear a bit)!
It hasn't even been a year since I had my own AHA moment regarding the twisted picot join and my tatting confidence went sky high! You see, I had learned the basics of tatting eight years earlier, but abandoned the art because I couldn't figure out that final join. It just crushed me to work away at a motif and have it ruined within stitches of the end!
And that brings me to the picture above... It is the reason I returned to give tatting another try. I decided I wanted to start sewing little things for Baby Doll. I didn't sew much for my older kids because I felt a little outnumbered by the three of them so close in age and honestly, at that point I wasn't that into sewing other than for hand quilting or home decorating. Baby Doll lags behind my previous, youngest child by seven years, so during the day, when the kids are at school, she is basically an only child. AND when the kids are home, they are very sweet about watching her so I have more time... OK - back to the point! When I began looking for lace for little sewing projects I was very disappointed in what I found and thought I would like to try making my own. It's taken some time to get my tatting legs and now I hope to use it more and more in my sewing projects. The lace above was left over from the first dress I made Baby Doll using my own lace.
So here I am, a year after picking up a shuttle again, enjoying tatting for sewing projects and just for its own sake. I guess that is why I am so excited for Lelia. It's wonderful to see the pieces falling into place for someone else! Please stop by her blog and give her a warm, Tatland welcome!