Ever heard of “tatting?” It’s the thread technique that makes intricate, lacy beauties like this dragon (and there’s a free pattern right here!):
I want to share my fascination with tatting because, much like embroidery, it is a textile art that is a) very portable, b) modest — called “poor man’s lace,” you don’t need a lot of expensive supplies to do it, and c) in danger of falling out of fashion — and just like embroidery, I want people to continue the tradition!
We have a tatting instructor at Fabric Bliss, the fabric shop where I teach and work. She just had a baby but will be back this summer to show other fabric arts enthusiasts how to tat. Here’s an array of what Karen our instructor sells in the store: tatted earrings, bookmarks, ornaments.
We also sell tatting supplies at Fabric Bliss, and I’ve seen them at Joann’s too.
If you can’t wait to learn, Heather at Tatted Treasures has a complete guide to tatting for beginners.
And here’s a short video to give you an idea of what the tatting process looks like:
This weekend, one of my best friends in the whole wide world came to visit. Sara is the one who’s pregnant and planning a space-themed baby room.
In case it’s not obvious, Sara is a knitter; she made the owl sweater she’s wearing in the picture (you can find the pattern on Ravelry). Love it!
Sara and Mark are having a baby girl in May (playfully referred to as “the little goldfish” for now), and they want her room to have a gender-neutral space theme. They’re putting space decals on the walls and hanging pictures of “space superstars” like Leia from Star Wars and Captain Picard from Star Trek: TNG. Have I mentioned how much I love my nerdy friends?
They’ve got popular sci-fi pretty well covered in the room, so we decided together that I’ll craft some robot-themed fabric gifts for the space.
I’ve started doing some research on robot quilts, and here are my favorites so far.
And of course, there’s the Too the Moon kit from Caleb Grey, which would help me cut a lot of corners, but I don’t love the design.
Sara helped me pick the fabric this weekend (strongly centered around the Good Fortune line by Kate Spain), so it’s just a question of which robot to sew. She likes the first one ~ what do you think?