Monday, 27 July 2009

Space to tat

A couple of days ago, Krystle of KrystleDawne Tats issued a challenge to members of the tatting community to show off our tatting spaces. I don't have a particular spot where I consistently go to tat, just a small red silk bag with my latest project in that I carry around with me. I'm therefore choosing to show you the current contents of the silk bag, and the chair it was closest to, where I made my most recent double stitches.
Given that I tat most mornings and evenings on the train to and from Liverpool where I work, I could have shown you a photo of the train carriage instead but I'm sure I would have got some funny looks from my fellow commuters! They are puzzled enough by the tatting itself.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Treasure!

Yesterday, I visited Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire with Mr Quiltification. While he enjoyed the Hall itself (and took this fantastic photo), I met up with my mum and disappeared to the stable block for a look at some treasures from the Rachel Kay Shuttleworth textile collection. Rachel Kay Shuttleworth lived at the hall and was herself a talented needlewoman. She started to amass a collection of textiles which now numbers over 30,000 items, and is second only in the UK to the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection. On display were a range of accessories through the ages - shoes, hats, parasols, bags, fans, gloves etc. Many of the items were exquisitely embroidered and as a lover of period drama, it was a real privilege to see these beautiful antique items in the flesh.

And there was an extra special treat for me. My mum works as a volunteer with the collection and she had told the curator about my love of tatting. Waiting for me to delve into was a big box of antique tatting including several items tatted by the famous early 20th century tatter Lady Katherine Hoare. There was also a tatted tablecloth and several older pieces with no chains and all the little rings tied together rather than joined as we do now. It was fascinating, and I've been invited back to draw diagrams of those pieces that particularly caught my eye. I can't wait.

Friday, 17 July 2009

The cat sat on the...

...chair.
Just a quick update on the home-front. Mr Quiltification and I have been attacking the house renovations with renewed vigour recently. On stripping the wallpaper in the back bedroom and bathroom we discovered a couple of leaks in the roof, and so I have just arranged for the back part of the house (the North wing, if you will) to be reroofed. This weekend we also took up the vibrant green, brown and orange 1960s carpet from the back bedroom and discovered some very old pieces of patterned lino underneath. Both have now gone to the tip, so we are left with bare floorboards while we decide what to do next. The electrician is due on Monday to wire in our shower pump. It's all go! Downstairs has seen a few changes too. We've found a new fire surround for the living room (gotta love ebay!). Also in the living room, the photo shows how happily our cat, Mr George, has taken to the Art Deco armchairs which I purchased on ebay several weeks ago.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

We're experiencing something of a heatwave here in the UK. The sun has been shining, the mercury has risen, and Wimbledon has been almost unaffected by rain. In the midst of all this, I have been thinking of ice cream, ice crystals and snowflakes and I finally have another piece of tatting to show you. This is snowflake number 4 from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting, made from Flora thread. I like nearly all the patterns in this book, and plan to complete as many as possible. This snowflake is also the 17th motif in my 25 motif challenge.