Saturday, January 7, 2012

Yes.....I'm alive

Sorry for the extended absence! I've been a bit busy lately enjoying the break between semesters. A Happy New Year to you all!!

If I recall....we left off with Step Two of the twelve steps for addicted tatters.

Well, step three is just going to have to wait for a bit longer. I'm ignoring my addiction at this moment and just trying to figure a few things out.

My absence was due to a secret project. I wanted to complete the first demo before blogging about it...however, I need opinions from my tatting peeps. So, here is the project.

I started tatting an edge over the Thanksgiving break. I wanted to do something that looked like icicles for the top edge of a Christmas stocking. So, here was the beginning.

I didn't really know what pattern I'd use for the stocking. I just tatted with the idea in mind. I found a pattern and just finished the final sewn stocking this evening. It's a demo...

Here are some close-ups of the tatting. And, NO, it's not attached. The tatting is a bit too big for this stocking. I'll have to enlarge the pattern for this piece of tatted edge. There are several patterns used in the edge. One was adapted from the blomqist book. I added length a clover leaf for the longer icicles. I also added a short motif between each longer icicle. The top of the edge is from Austin's 'A New Twist on Tatting'.

The snowflake is from Jan Stawasz's 'Tatting: Theory and Patterns'

Now, I've got to figure out how I'm going to attach the edging..

Do I attach it to the top of the stocking?

Do I shorten the turned out lining and attach it on that edge?

This may not be too clear...not sure. Let me know what ya'll think.

BTW...I missed ya'll and hope to be checking in more frequently.

Have a wonderful day!!


  1. I love the idea of tatting on the stocking! I prefer it on the top of the stocking. I do agree that the stocking needs to be a bit bigger so that the edging doesn't overwhelm it. I'm really looking forward to the final version!

  2. I like the 2nd version where the edging is lower and hangs on the textured part of the stocking. Nice combination of different patterns, btw!

  3. That edging is absolutely stunning!!! I love it! :)
    I think I like the edging at the top because it seems to demand attention there. :)

  4. It appears more icicle like lower down I believe. Very impressive edging...beautiful!

  5. ...I like the bottom picture of the edging placement.

  6. Here's my two cents worth... WONDERFUL edging! On the top for sure, as in the first photo. Excellent!

    But, if you MUST put it in the middle, as in the second pic, lose the little motif!

    Your tatting is fabulous.
    Fox : )

  7. I agree with Fox, as I was going to say, snow on the roof and icicles hanging off the edge, just seem to demand to be attached at the top, however, I also agree with Gina that it looks better hanging over the textured stocking, so if you shorten the turned out lining, and attach the tatting at the top, well just WOW!
    You could attach the snowflake at the toe area.

  8. Put the edging on the top of the stocking - what a wonderful piece you have been working on!
    Well worth the effort.

  9. I liked the edging on the top. Great work.

  10. What a wonderful project! This combination of edgings is OUTSTANDING! The 'icicles' are so eye-catching, and I really love the top border. I have Austin's book and never noticed it before!

    There seems to be an even split of opinions on placement! They're both wonderful!! I love the fabric and color of the stocking, although I might favor a velvet cuff, which could also be shortened in the 1st version so that the icicles hang off the 'edge'. However, I ALSO like the second option, with maybe a slightly smaller snowflake. Wow - See what happens when you ask for opinions? :)

  11. Lovely to see you back,
    Lovely edging I think I would put it on the top of the stocking and then put the snowflake further down as you hadit on the first picture.

  12. Stunning!! What an awesome edging for the stocking and it does resemble icicles! Happy New Year!

  13. I have to say, I like seeing it on the bottom of the cuff. It has a nice balance there.

  14. Hmmm... came back to have a second glance and have completely changed my mind! Fickle Fox!

    I now cannot imagine the tatting being anywhere else but the middle! As in the second photo. I didn't realize yesterday that there was a change in the fabric and that makes all the difference.

    After reading the next post I see that you removed the motif. Good. : ))