Finally, the Internet is accessible through my laptop at the new house. My initial plan was to spend a good long time just reading through the weeks of blog posts I had missed. I only read back a couple weeks, but now they're being read daily, so that's good!
As you can tell, I ponder over things quite a lot, and one of the recent and ongoing thoughts was and is the value of not only the sense of community in the tatting realm, but the value of tatting itself. Maybe it's that I over-think things, but the tatting community is really quite extraordinary, even in the rarity of the craft. It seems as though tatters are bound to find each other at some point, and it's kind of like a fly in a jar of honey: once you're in, you're never leaving. You may abandon the craft, or the earth at some point, but your legacy remains, be it large or small, as do your creations. And, though not many (compared to other crafts) know the art, because of that "honey effect", the thought is there, and slowly but surely, more and more are trapped in the honey. Surely, the sense of community will be lost at some point, but each and every tatter today is able to have the initial support of a small group and, one day, go on to spread the craft.
There I go obsessing and talking too much.... My point is that growth is inevitable, and this is a pretty good time to be part of it all! Actually, I remember what I was supposed to say in the first place. That I'm grateful. I'm grateful for you, and for being able to be a part everything. Yeah, that's what I meant.
I think what sparked the whole essay up there was what Teresa said. She said that the tatting community feels more like an extended family than just the Internet, which is very true. A few weeks ago she sent me these little magazines from The Workbasket, which were published years and years ago, and have a ton of crocheting, knitting, and tatting patterns. It's so strange to think that tatting patterns were actually published at one point. Also, they are each quite a few years from each other, so the prices are different. I imagine that might have caused a stir! "Can you believe that?! 25 cents now?!?! What a nerve!" hehe
A surprise to me, Teresa also sent a tatting book! Celtic tatting, to be exact. I had seen Celtic tatting, but never really thought to try it, but it's honestly very cool.
The fact that it's very thread efficient was most exciting. The center of that heart was tricky to figure out. Embarrassingly, it took me around an hour to figure out. Then, finally, I just wove it backwards! Easy peasy. Perhaps I should take my time to understand directions, but, that never happens, as seen here:
Speaking of yarn, Joy sent me some. Aileen hosted a "Christmas in July" exchange. It reminded me of a Secret Santa type thing, because you didn't actually know who was sending you something, which was pretty fun! I had the joy (it's punny, right?) of having Joy as my "Secret Santa".
That was exciting, being as, for some reason, I completely forgot about the exchange (in about 3 days), so it was a surprise. I reallyyy like the handkerchief. Small, delicate handkerchiefs make me happy! And everything else of course, yeeee! You should probably go check out her blog if you haven't already, she's crazy talented. Honestly, I don't think what I sent sent off was as thoughtful! We shall see...
Oh and remember that handkerchief that Michelle sent me? Almost done!!! ONE side left in the making. I have a feeling that, once I finish this, I'll be very proud of myself. And it will be one of those rare things that I will keep for myself, and always be proud of. The sides are a mess because I'm just going to press them and hide threads when they're all done.
That's pretty much it. Here's some thread that you've probably already seen on other people's blogs.
Lastly, (jeez, I'm talking a lot today) I just wanted to share my process of starching things that are to be very stiff. This is a snowflake frommmm....hmm.... I really should start remembering the patterns. I'll make sure to post it in the next one, because this pattern is so sweet. It's from a book that Gina, so kindly, sent me!
As you can see, I used as little pins as possible, those were just to secure the basic shape. Using the sponge brush, I saturate the snowflake and give it a few minutes to sink in. Then, using a cloth or paper towel, you soak up the mixture all the way. This is why it needs to be the consistency of water, so that it will all absorb into the cloth or paper towel. Now, you can properly pin it out Just remember to keep your angles and tension to a minimum, that was what the first starching was for. Where the pins are pulling, it will leave a noticeable mark.
This post was veryyyy long, but hopefully kinda interesting for you.
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