Tuesday, August 21, 2012
TotusMel's Wunderkammer, which features sometimes steampunk, sometimes goth, always cool finds usually from Etsy but occasionally from other places, as well as Flickr features once a week. TotusMel also has a personal blog, where she talks about her life, family, and work as an independent small business needle tatter. (She has an Etsy store here.) Through that blog I found her Instructables tutorials, which led to me learning yet another craft.
How I did it: Before I even got a set of tatting needles, I followed TotusMel's Flower Pendant Instructable, using a yarn needle and some yarn just to get the general idea of how it worked. After I got the needles I made a few more flowers, then finally decided that I wanted to put a few together and make a necklace. I used the Split Rings and Josephine Chains video to figure out the 'chain' part of the flower necklace. I will say that I was still mastering the tension aspect of tatting so my flowers seem a little wonky in places, and I also didn't bother to press, steam, or otherwise treat the finished piece, which would probably help.
After that, I decided I wanted to make a necklace following one of her patterns, so I followed the Needle Tatting a Necklace Instructable. This helped me really understand what was happening on the needle and gave me the confidence to try my hand at designing my own tatting.
What I might try next time: I should try blocking the lace when it is done, press it or steam it or something. I am working on designing a mask (also inspired by TotusMel and likely using parts of her Tatted Mask tutorial as a guide). I also used her Tatted Mustache necklace as inspiration for a tatted mustache as a wedding gift for a friend (I don't know if I have a picture of that anywhere).
Final Thoughts: Tatting takes a little getting used to but like other yarn/thread crafts falls into place with a little bit of practice. These necklaces turned out nice, and I'd like to redo the modified Fluerette necklace in black (the white is beautiful but I wear a lot of black). I am curious about shuttle tatting, and may look into teaching myself that sometime in the future (but not anytime soon, I don't have time for *another* hobby).