Thursday, October 1, 2009

Swap de Jessica

In the last blog post a sneak peek of a swap was shown.

I promised to do the "Big Reveal" when my swap partner, Jessica of "Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping!" received my swap gift. I'm happy to announce that Jessica did indeed get her package from me and now I can share our swap with you!

You see, in bloggerlandia I have had the good fortune to make blog friends, win a giveaway or two, and do some fun swaps! From all of these packages and cards I have a pile of addresses building up in a shopping bag that is out of control!!! I need somewhere to put all these very special addresses. For some of you, the solution might be to just put them in your computer, but for me I need something more aesthetic than a computer! I need a pretty address book...and not just any address book...a pretty one made with heart! I got just what I wanted in my swap with Jessica!

Jessica wanted some tatting for her fabulous scrapbook projects. I wanted a special address book. Boy, I had no idea that I was in for a real treat!


Just look at this darling
address book that
Jessica sent me!!!
Look at it! Isn't it cute!?!
It even has T-A-T-T-I-N-G on the cover!



OH my GOODness!
Look at the cute stamped alphabet tabs!

I can't believe she found some tatting to put
on the cover! It's PERFECT!!!

Each page has a different piece of scrapbook paper
adhered to some vintage ledger paper! It's awesome!

The spaces on the right of the address labels are just
the right size for me to put interesting postmarks
from my international friends!



Oh, did I say something about a
"Big Reveal" earlier?

I guess I better 'fess up, right?


Jessica wanted a tatted edging
and some tatted hearts and flowers
for her portion of the swap from me.

Here are some of the round motifs I sent her.
Going clockwise from the top left:
1) "Fleur de Jessica" design by TattingChic
2) Josephine Wreath design by Mary Konior
3) A flower (title unkown-help me out here) design by Mary Maynord Maynard

I am going to count some motifs
tatted for this swap for
my 2nd round of the
25 Motif Challenge!

Motif # 9 Josephine Wreath
The "Josephine Wreath" (Motif No. 9) is from
Mary Konior's book called
A Pattern Book of Tatting.
It is out of print now and hard to find,
but it has some real gems in it.

Motif # 10 Fleur de Jessica
This motif is one I made up or modified
from another pattern.
I called it "Fleur de Jessica" because
Jessica wanted tatted flowers for her scrapbook
project and I couldn't find one I really liked
so I made it up especially for her.

Motif # 11 (title unkown-help me out here)
Here is Mary Maynord's Maynard's design on the
left (motif #11) next to my modified
version, 'Fleur de Jessica" (motif #10). Mary Maynord
Maynard has a book called
"Tatting Rings of Flowers".
It is a book I do not own. I was lucky enough
to happen on this one pattern from the book
so that I could tat the flower on the left.
My modified version is on the right.
If my version is just like one in the book then
that is a coincidence since I have never
actually seen inside Mary's book.

If one of my fellow tatting friends has the book
and knows the name of the flower on the left
please let me know and I'll edit my blog post!

Here's a bunch'a flowers sent to Jessica all together!


Motif # 12 Peacock Heart
Here's a motif I haven't shown on this blog before.
It's called Peacock Heart designed by Birgit Phelps.
Jessica requested some tatted hearts as well as
tatted flowers for her part of the swap.

Here's 2 of the "Peacock Heart" motifs shown together
with some "Ruffled Heart" (design by Vicki Clarke)
motifs that were sent. I've shown the
"Ruffled Heart" before.


Motif #13 Cloverleaf Edging
Lastly, Jessica also requested a tatted edging.
I picked a cloverleaf edging. I love cloverleaf edgings.
They are so simple that a beginner can do them and
they are so elegant! Who says simple can't be elegant?

An edging similar to this one is found at
The Antique Pattern Library
in the Priscilla Tatting Book pg 5
(which is pg 7 of the scanned pages)

All motifs were done in DMC brand "Cebelia" thread
size 10, color 818 (a very pretty pink). I thought
the "chunky" size 10 would look cute for
Jessica's fabulous scrapbook projects.


Thanks for stopping by and letting me show you my super fabulous swap with Jessica! It was fun. She is one of the nicest bloggers out there! Stop by her blog post on our swap! She loves buttons and scrapping and swaps! Be sure to say hello here before you run off to Jessica's! I'd love to hear from you!


59 absolutely fabulous things were said:

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

That is by far the coolest address book EVER. What a great swap for the both of you.

Tatskool said...

Your did really well for Jessica but the that Address book is DIVINE!

Wowee! I have just won two giveaways, some of you luck must be rubbing off on me just by having you for a friend!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful swap! The address book is exquisite and so are all the motifs you sent.

Jessica said...

I love all that you tatted for me! Thank you so much. They're so detailed and beautifully made (obviously! you made them!) I'm thrilled to have one named after me! ;) I'm happy you liked the address book. I had fun making it. xoxo.

Snap said...

Gorgeous swap. The address book ... WOWOWOWOWOW!

Ana Ruggeri said...

Esta preciosa la libreta de direcciones, mis felicitacionas para ti y para Jessica!!!

Lori said...

now, that is what i call a great both got something fabulous and everyone is have someplace beautiful to put all of your special addresses and Jessica has some lovely tatted bits to use in her work...well done!!!

Jeanneoli said...

What a perfect gift for you and she did such a beautiful job.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there! What a great display of designs! You have really resurrected a lost art and have placed it amongst all the other mixed media arts! Thanks for coming to visit me in Stillwater. Hope as is well. Anita

TattingChic said...

Hi Lady ShuttleMaker! Isn't it the best address book! I am so excited that she found tatting to put on it!!

Hi Pamela! The address book is fabulous! Congrats on winning your 2 giveaways! Woo hoo!!!

Thank you, YarnJourney! I'm glad you like the address book and the motifs I sent. Thanks for visiting.

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so glad you like the tatting I sent you! You're so sweet! I ♥ the address book you sent! I'm glad you had fun making my address book! It's darling! I enjoyed the swap, too! I was so excited when I made up that motif for you!

Hi Snap! Long time no see! It's so nice to have you stop by! Isn't the address book cool?

Hi Ana! Thank you for your very sweet comment! I appreciate your stopping by! ((Hugs))!

Hello there, Lori! Thank you! I am very happy it is true and I hope Jessica likes her tatting as well!

Thanks, Jeanneoli! I did get a perfect gift! I am so happy with it, thank you!

Hello, Anita! Thanks for your sweet comment! It is good to see tatting as something very aesthetically useful in the mixed media arts! Thank you!

Gina said...

The book is by Mary Maynard, not Maynord. I have it at home but I'm not sure the flowers have names. Seems like they are just numbered. I really like all your white versions.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi TattingChic, Oh what a fabulous swap with Jessica you have here. The address book is out of this world. So perfect for your address collection. I love the letters on the side and the tatting on the front is darling. What a talent she is!! WOW!!

Also what wonderful tatted treasures you sent her way too. I love them all. The details, the designs are stunning. She will be in heaven with everything.

You have made me a tatting fan and I look for it everywhere when I am treasure shopping.

Thank you for stopping by today. I have been slow getting around to all my bloggie friends. Kind of under the weather this week. Head cold or sinus infection I think. Not enjoying it at all!!

See you again soon.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

TattingChic said...

Hi Gina. Thanks for the info on the motif. Only one motif is my version. BTW, the motifs are pink, not white, but thanks, I'm glad you like 'em!

Hi Celestina Marie! I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope you get better soon. Yes, I agree that Jessica is very talented! I'm glad you have grown to like tatting and look out for it! I tend to find it labelled "Crochet" a lot and people often say "no" when you ask them if they have any tatting and then when you look around...lo and behold...they DO have it! I find that happens at the antique stores I visit. I hope you find some and show it on your blog when you do!

LadyDoc said...

WOW!!! Your work is gorgeous- all the motifs are WONDERFUL!

The address book is a treasure!

Fox said...

Wonderful post, TattingChic!

Your tatting is marvellous! All of it! The motifs are all so pretty.

The address book is such a thoughtful gift, so beautifully appointed. Now you can empty the shopping bag!

Fox : )

One Craft at a Time said...

Beautiful! I'm glad to see you back to blogging. What a great swap. I still have not won a giveaway, but I'll just keep trying. Your work is perfect as always. The address book is fabulous!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi TattingChic,

Jessica, is a beautiful person. Having received a gift from her, myself.
I adore the address book she gave you and the pretty pale pink tatted motifs you gave her.
How neat that you were both able to have this swap.


rochambeau said...

Hi Tattin Chic.
Glad you are back. Your address book from Jessica is very nice. And your beautiful tatted pieces not only are dear, they have your energy in them!! My favorite is:"Josephine Wreath", Very nice.
Hope you feel well.
Sending smiles,

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a lovely address book. And she got treated well too! Beautiful all around!

LiLi M. said...

Hello there, great to hear from you again. I love the design you made, of course I love everything that you made, but the jessica flower is very special. Love to see great swaps! That address book is too cute and you spoilt the lady with your tatting. Have a great weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there! Thank you for coming to visit me, always! Your tatting skills are so excellent and add so much CHIC to the art! Anita

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Chic!

Thanks for stopping by to wish my hubby a happy!

Your tatting ALWAYS amazes me! So incredible. The motifs are so beautiful and such a wonderful gift for the swap.

The address book you received was awesome - so thoughtful and so perfect for a Chic Lady like you! She put so much time & care in it. I know you will really treasure it!

Big hugs, Sherry

Carol Lawecki said...

That has to be the prettiest address book ever. Your tatted motifs are all so pretty. I'd say it was a very nice swap between you two. Lovely to see all your work. Have a great day!

Tracy said...

Oooo....loving all the pink thread...and simply gorgeous tatted motifs! What a sweet swap...and the address book is gorgeous!Scrumptious post, TattingChic! Thanks for stopping by to see me yesterday--and for the shawl love. :o) Could you drop me a quick line sometime? Somehow I have lost your email address... Shock-horror... I know... Happy weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Tatting Chic!!!
Your new address book is just stunning.She did an outstanding job on it.So beautiful I know you were just floored.
I want to tell you I loved ,loved ,loved the peacock tatting.They are so delicate.You both did awesome.I know she was floored also.You are the tatting queen.XXOO Marie Antionette

Ces said...

Wow! Kanami guid kaayo!

OMG! My head is spinning TattingChic. You tatting experts are incredible! I am in awe.

I am so glad you have an addressbook that meets your personality. Look at all the lace nd pink stuff in here - delicious!

I love your musical notes signature on my blog.

shirley said...

Oh my goodness that address book it too neat!! What a great exchange!

Florence and Mary said...

Now isn't that just the perfect address book for you!

Victoria xx

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hi Tatting Chic!
What a WIN WIN swap! That is such a SWEET address book - love the details she added. The motifs and edging you made in return are SO pretty. I especially like the "unknown" motif and your variation. The layered look of them appeals to me.
:) Ann

TattingChic said...

Hi Lady Doc! Thanks! I'm glad you like the motifs and the address book.

Thank you Fox. I can certainly start on that shopping bag full of addresses, LOL!

Hello there One Craft at a Time, thanks for stopping by. I hope you win a giveaway soon! They are fun. Thanks for the compliments.

Hi Carolyn! Yes, Jessica is a lovely gal! She's been a bloggy friend from the beginning! She was giving me photo tips before I figured out how my camera worked!

Hi Constance! I am glad you stopped by. The Josephine Wreath is done by one of my favorite designers. I am lucky enough to have all of her tatting books which was quite a feat since 3/4 of them are out of print!

Thanks Rebecca Ramsey! I'm so glad to see you visiting here!

Thank you, Lili M! I appreciate your sweet words about the flower I designed for the swap with Jessica! I felt it would be aptly named after her. I always appreciate your visits and words of warmth!

Hi Anita, thank you; a second visit from such a sweet lady. I appreciate the kind things you have to say!

Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you did. I appreciate your sweet sentiments.

Hi Carol! Thanks a bunch. I appreciate it. I hope you have a great day, too!

Hi Tracy, The email is on it's way, dear friend! ((Hugs))

Hi Marie Antoinette! It doesn't surprise me one bit that you ♥ the Peacock ♥!!! Of course! You have peacocks for pets at home. How fabulous! Thanks so much for your sweet words! XOXO!

Thanks for stopping by, Ces! Ha ha noticed the musical notes, hee hee! I think your blog was the first one I tried it out on! ☺♫♪♪♫♪♯♫♪ Thanks on the address book and tatted motifs, too!

Thank you, Shirley! Didn't Jessica do a fabulous job on that address book? I ♥ it!

Good observation, Victoria! I think it's perfect for me, too! Hee hee!

Ha ha ha! Ann, I love that... "Unknown Motif" ... it's like the "Unknown Comic" from the "Gong Show" days...remember that? Ha ha! Thank you for your nice comment!

maryboys said...

i'm not surprised that you received such a uniquely beautiful address book from jessica:) she truly is a lovely person; i've had the privilege of swapping with her in the past. and the tatting you made - so lovely!


Angela said...

AMAZING!! I tried to post yesterday, but had "issues" with blogger. Love everything you made of course. The address book is such a treasure. Let me know when you need another swap partner. hahaha I am good to go!

Quiltification said...

Love the flowers that you've tatted. They're cute and gorgeous.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I think that is the prettiest address book that I have ever seen.

It looks like a great swap.

paperbird said...

The address book is awesome and I sore the sweet tatted flowers- they are so pretty and dainty.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OMG!!!! How do you make heaven like this??? It's simply wonderful and crazy! Awesome work! I love it! You had me with the pinks and creams. Such deliciousness I can't stand anymore! Thanks so much for the birthday wish! Sending you a great many thanks and hugs

Bella Sinclair said...

AAAAAHH!!!! I almost fainted from all the gorgeousness!!!!! Such beautiful, beautiful pieces. And do you know which one was my absolute favorite before you even said anything about the designs? The Fleur de Jessica! Ooooh, you are so talented. That is one gorgeous flower.

Fantastic swap all around. Great address book! Congrats to both of you! :D

Carla said...

The address book is wonderful.
The motifs are wonderful too, I'm thinking about creating some by copying them.

yarnplayer said...

A treasure of an address book! I like the soft rose image on the cover too - goes perfect with the tatting!

Your motifs are all exquisite!

Jen R. said...

That book is soooo cool! What an awesome thing to have gotten. Some one really took the time on it; and that's priceless..

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- what a great swap! Looks like a win-win for both of you. That address book is just perfect for you with the tatting on the front -- too cute!

rochambeau said...

Dropping back by to thank you for your kind words.
Have a happy day of tatting!!!

singtatter said...

Everything is so sweet! Can't stop admiring them :)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a fabulous swap! Your address book is Sooo pretty and all the tatted items you made Jessica are awesome! You both are so lucky and it's wonderful to have great friends who know what you like. Twyla

zarina said...

I just love that address book. I think that is a better way of keeping addresses instead stored in the computer.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow! What an awesome swap!! Look at your gorgeous address book... it is stunning! And yay for Jessica- you sent her some beautful treasures!! She's one lucky girl!

Stone Bridge Farm said...

Hey there!

I think I liked the peacock heart the best...but what a cool swap!

So I love your blog! I joined...feel free to join mine as well!

Have a Blessed Day!
Lori :0)

Seven Sisters said...

Thank you for stopping by our blog! :) That was funny how you found it. I do have a post (or two?) that have some pictures of my tatting:

There is a close up picture of the lace here:

Enjoy lookin' around! :) I know that I am already enjoying your blog.


Sarah said...

I'm working at catching up on blogs... Your motifs are beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen tatting layered like that. Is there a special technique for it?

tattips said...

Your tatting is fabulous and your address book is a treasure!

TAT19540 said...

Nice address book! Your motifs are gorgeous. What a great swap!

Maggie R said...

The address book is awesome..... just beautiful.... you will have such pleasure using it, and your "Motifs" are gorgeous. I just sit and drool when I look at them.
I am still a
Wanna Be" girl with the tatting.I did teach myself one stitch in needle tatting but so far I can't seem to get the shuttle going.. I am still trying!!
Have a great day and BTW thanks for stopping by my blog.. I love it when you visit.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

WOW what a gorgeous post and fabulous tatting swap! Thank you for visiting my Magpie's Nest and leaving your nice comment!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a beautiful blog! thanks for visiting my site! I did not tat the collar, just upcycled an old hanky. but I adore lace and I will be back to visit! ciao!

Sandra Evertson said...

Wow, What a lovely address book!
I think tatting is just amazing, like beautiful little snow flakes all made by hand!
Sandra Evertson

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Tatt Chic, Just stopping by to say hello and hope all is well. I know you are busy and maybe doing something fun too. But was thinking of you and wanted to see what you are up to.
I am busy,but not feeling really great the last week. Some sort of sinus/ear infection. I'm ready for it to be gone. Not a fan!!

Anyway, take care, stay well and see you again soon.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!! That is all I can say!! I love that address book! And the motifs are stunning as is everything you do!! Glad you are back :)

Elyse said...

happy fall, tatting chic!

your journal is so lovely! jessica is a sweetie. the name of her blog is great!

the tatting you did for jessica is really beautiful!!! i have a hunch that if you sold groups of little pieces like that (etsy, lollishops) you'd have yourself a fun little business. just a thought.

did you ever name that other piece? perhaps the chiclet?


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that those pink flowers and heart are the prettiest motifs I've ever seen.

I'm new to tatting and wondered if those patterns are for sale? I would so love to try them!