Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving eve I hope you all are well. For those in the U.S. and in other countries, I hope you'll join me in reflecting over the next couple of days.

I've been working on something new. I have a few Jewish friends. One asked me what in the world I would do with my tatting other than lay the doilies around the room. I began to think about how I might incorporate tatting into normal life...for them, they wear kippahs during services...and so, my current project. I've tatted a simple motif and an edge which I will attach to a navy silk satin kippah.

I have to make a pattern, cut and sew a kippah with a black cotton lining (that's for the Thanksgiving break). For demo, I've used a light blue kippah from a Bar mitzvah as a pattern (shown in the picture below). It's very evident in so many of my pictures...I do not like hiding threads.

One problem...I'm not quite sure how to finish out the project. How do I attach the edge and the motif to the kippah. I'm going to pretend I know what I'm doing and work to stitch on the pieces. If you have any suggestions...feel free to fill me in!

I hope to have a finished project in a few days and will post the pics as soon as I'm finished. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Looks great! You should be able to use one ply of the thread you used to catch just the picots and tack them down lightly. Way to use your tatting in everyday life! The theme for next year at my lace guild is "using your lace".

  2. I think I'm very took me a long time for me tatting to turn out that nice.

  3. The kippah looks perfect! - sadly, every picot will have to be stitched, very carefully so that it doesn't pucker. You could glue it, but that would be sacrilege.
    I've been trying to find a pattern for a yarmulke which is completely tatted - the best I can come up with is an adapted doily pattern, but it didn't really work well.There are several which are crocheted, but not tatted.

  4. The Kippah is looking have done a fabulous say that you are going to line the kippah.... so if I were you I would sew the lace onto the outside layer first then your stitches will be hidden by the lining.

    Looking forward to seeing the finale
    I like your blog too
    Joy in Australia

  5. Hope Green had the greatest class at Palmetto Tat Days 2009 called 'Tatting for a wash-and-wear world'. She has the answer to all your questions, as she is an accomplished seamstress and designer. You should have her email address in your Tat Days directory. She will certainly enjoy hearing from you.

  6. You can also use invisible thread to sew the picots to the kippah. The lining will hide any stitches. Those are my suggestions & they are worth what you paid for them.

  7. That is a lovely motif and edging and it looks perfect on that kippah! You are not alone in the thread hiding loathing department! LOL!