Thursday, 11 February 2010

England, needle tatting and other things


Returning to my trip to England and my stay in Brenda Rebhorn's house among a lot of other exciting things Brenda taught me to needle tat. In the first moment I was a bit sceptical about it, but then I realized, that it is a technique one has to know and it has some possibilities, expecially when working with beads, that the shuttle tatting does not have, allthough the shuttle tatting has possibilities, which the needle tatting does not have. Anyway I tried out one of Gunhildes wonderful necklaces. Please don't criticize the bad execution of the sample, but I'm a beginner in the needle tatting, but you see in the picture, that with the needle tatting you can put both your threads through the bead (look at the chain on top). With the shuttle tatting this is not possible, so one has to put the bead in another way (second sample). The knots are not so neat and tight, as the shuttle tatting, but with beads the needle tatting is easier and faster. I'm so grateful to Brenda to teach me this, and she is a phantastic teacher.
Here I show you some other pictures from England: One thing which impressed me a lot, where the very high and perfectly cut hedges!
After a period of depression I forced myself into positive thinking and so I started to finish my projects. So I finally finished all the pieces for a book of boxes I will realize together with Inga Madsen. I cannot show these pieces to you, but I can say you that I'm very satisfied about the result.
Second I finished all the designs for a book of edgings and insertions, which are much more than the number which can stay in a little booklet, so I will give you some of them as free patterns. I now have to put the edgings on the right items, which is another lot's of work, because for the photos work has to be finished. I show you one of the pieces!

14 comments:

❦TattingChic said...

Oh! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that butterfly edging! That is so pretty! The beaded edging in the top photo is also lovely!

Marty said...

The butterfly edging is absolutely wonderful! I'm anxiously awaiting any and all new patterns books in which you have a hand.

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

Hiya Iris....Love your butterfly edging. That is so beautiful. If you need a proofer...you have my email address still don't you. I can't wait to see what else you have come up with. I am so glad to see you writing. I have really missed seeing you post. Please stay out of the clouds and into the sunshine. I know it is hard when there is snow...but we have snow here in New York too...and the sun is shining today.

Linda S Davies said...

What a beautiful edging! Looking forward to the pattern! Thank you for sharing.

Tatteristic! said...

The butterfly edging is gorgeous!! I love it.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Wonderful to see you posting again! The butterfly edging is spectacular. We always look forward to seeing your beautiful and unique designs.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Iris, I'm so happy to see a post from you again! How wonderful that you are learning another technique! I've tried needle tatting with no success. I can't imagine adding beads to the mix! The edging is gorgeous! I can't wait to see your new books!

Art by JoyMac said...

I really love the butterfly edging and am looking forward to your book coming out with all the new patterns
Hugs
Joy

Carla said...

I tuoi lavori sono sempre bellissimi e originali.
Dovrei scrivere una pagina intera di complimenti per dirti quanto ti apprezzo.
Sei davvero bravissima.

Tatskool said...

Glad to have you back designing and blogging. Your butterfly edging is gorgeous.

tatterdeb said...

Thank you for showing us this beautiful butterfly edging. I love seeing your creative patterns!

Dale Marie said...

Beautiful edging! I LOVE butterflies, and these are simply lovely:-)

sarah louise said...

the detail in your butterfly endging is incredible... just so beautiful! i like the color you chose -- very elegant. thanks for sharing. (o:

Gina said...

I see some clunies in there! This will be a nice challenge when it comes out. I see you made a comment about the pattern in a Burda magazine in an earlier post. I'm always sad when I see their beautiful patterns and yet you are left to figure it out largely on your own.