Sunday, March 25, 2012

Deadline Approaches

Greetings to you all!!

I'm learning to be careful not to commit to producing major tatting pieces for expectant mothers and grandmothers....(with a grin)... unless I want the urgency of deadline to guide my tatting endeavors. It's not the recipients who are pressuring my crazy perfectionist self.

I believe I am about finished with my first tatted baby bonnet. There are many comments to be made about this piece.

Here are a few photos of the bonnet as it stands.

Here is a picture of how I presented it to you last...

It took me awhile to figure out how to attach the two pieces of tatting. I began improvising the garden path between the two pieces and occasionally joined where it seemed most appropriate. It caused some gathering... I thought I might snip it out and begin again...until I started to really like the gathering and noticed it looking a bit more 'lacy' and not flat or 'fussy'.

I started in the middle and worked my way out. Because the garden path pattern is asymmetrcal I needed to be a bit creative with the connective work. The back is gathered by a ribbon that can be retied as the baby's head grows. I don't mind the gather either. I will work to perfect the bow and maybe insert a slightly wider ribbon over the top.

In the end, I'm quite happy with the outcome and will probably try to duplicate this one more time.

So, there it is.

Oh, about the shuttle from my Great Aunt Lucy... I actually have a copy of the patent... and now I'm even more interested in the hook. Some of you have shown me a hook pointing out. However, this one hooks back toward the shuttle. I'll try to get a good picture of it and post in the next blog entry.

Until then,
Happy tatting and have a wonderful day!!


  1. The bonnet is so beautiful!! Well done!

  2. Excellent bonnet, John. Beautifully tatted. A real heirloom piece for the parents to pass along.
    Fox : )

  3. This is magnificent, one of the best things I have ever seen.

  4. This is stunning. What size thread did you use? Is it needle or shuttle tatted? About how long did it take to make? I am making my first baby bonnet now and have already spent about four hours on it, and only a small portion of the crown is done. It's shuttle tatted in size 80.

  5. Very beautiful. Your perfectionism pays off.

  6. This is so wonderful. Karen in OR

  7. Oh, John, this is so lovely! It is certainly worth repeating. You have a fantastic design here.

  8. I tried to reply to each of your comments...for some reason that's not,

    Thanks for your wonderful comments. It is shuttle tatted with DMC Cebelia #30. It's hard for me to imagine using #80 thread on a project like this. This one took about 2 months to complete.

    Again, thanks for your wonderful comments!!

  9. That's stunning. Congratulations.

  10. Oh,you did a wonderful bonnet, John! Congrats. It's realy lace-looking, so beautiful!
    May be you can find a small white cotton-ribbon to close it. Satin-ribbon, is lovely to look at, but it doesn't stick together and reopens often wihtout sewing it together, what wouldn't be the right idea here:))
    Happy tatting!

  11. This has to be one of the most beautiful tatted baby bonnets ever made!

    Gunhild is correct that polyester ribbon can sometimes come untied. Tying the loops of the bow a second time(a double knot)can prevent this but I prefer to use 100% silk ribbon for heirloom projects. Silk stays tied and has a wonderfully soft, elegant texture.

  12. Lovely, lovely, lovely John. I hope this is going to a family baby!

    And is that a black balloon it's on? Hee!

  13. Stunning, totally gorgeous, An heirloom that will be treasured for many years to come.
    Well done

  14. Nagyon-nagyon szép.
    Szeretném a mintát megkapni, babának elkészíteni.
    Kérem szépen:-)
    Jolimama Magyarországról