Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May Bookmark Exchange

Hi everybody in tatting blogger-landia. It's May Bookmark Exchange time over at eTatters and I signed up for my very first tatting exchange. I was really excited about this because for years as I've looked around at tatting on the internet and I've seen people talk about tatting exchanges and been secretly wondering how I could get involved with something like that...So, when I became a member of eTatters and I saw a forum on a bookmark exchange I jumped at the chance and I was fortunate enough to get an international partner as I had requested. Not sure why that makes the tatting more exciting, but it So, recently, I received my bookmark from my partner Karin from Germany. This is it on the right in the red. Isn't it pretty? It's her own design and she says that she did it in Coats Floretta size 10 variegated red, color 4493. The fringe on the bottom is super long picots that she cut.

She also included a little surprise with this postcard from Germany and this super-cool hair scrunchie.
Look at that scrunchie...all the small rings are tatted around the hair elastic. She nonchalantly tells me in an email..."It's not complicated". She figured out how to do it on her own. I think she's amazing.

So, after I wrapped my brain around the concept I tried one myself with my leftover HDT (HandDyed Thread) that I used in my last post. Mine is taking a little longer because I'm using size 20 and she used size 10, but I figured it out. Karin says that as you wrap the thread around your hand to make the small rings you slip the shuttle through the elastic, tat your ds (double stitches), and then the ring will close around the elastic when you pull it closed. I really had to think about it, but I got it.
Here's my partly finished scrunchie below. What a neat surprise!! I love learning new things.
Thank you, Karin!

So, today I heard from her that she received her bookmark from me so now I can post it so I didn't spoil the surprise for her. This is the bookmark I sent to her. I used LadyShuttleMaker's Fuschia HDT size 80 and one of her beautiful ceramic shuttles to make it.

This is a pattern from Mary Konior's book, "Tatting With Visual Patterns" called "Black Magic". It is my all time favorite pattern from her book and I've done it so many times I can practically do it I love to tat it. Here are some samples of the different colors I recently did this pattern in. The 2 on the left are tatted in sewing thread that I got at a lace show in L.A. a few years ago. The one in the middle is going to my adopted-mom for Mother's Day and the one on the right is the same pictured above "Fuschia" size 80.

The Three Bookmark-eteers..

Thank you for visiting my blog. I read and appreciate every comment and new-comers are always welcome.

Happy Tatting!

46 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Melissa said...

Oooooooooooooooooo That is so fun that you did the exchange, and learned something new! I love the bookmarks you made that pattern is pretty I love that book too! Hey you can tat me a bookmark anytime you want! LOL

Etha said...

ok that scrunchie thing has my brain in twists!!!! That is really amazing, will have to show my mom :)
hey, thanks for visiting my blog, it was a pleasant surprise to see another tatter who is into rubber (stamps)

quiltdude said...

Wow you are so clever, I have never tried tatting before it looks so complicated.
Thanks for the comment you left me.
:) Clare

Susanne said...

Wow, what a lucky tatter you are getting such a nice bookmark - and those long picots as fringes, what a clever way to do them.
I agree about those Konior bookmarks, that design is beautiful and they will make very good gifts and be appreciated.
Tatting bookmarks is such a joy because we can play around with all those lovely coloured threads.
Well done of you and your exchange partner.

Unknown said...

Hi Melissa. The exchange was so much fun! I'm so glad I finally got to do one. Mary Konior has such lovely designs, doesn't she?

Welcome, Etha. That scrunchie thing had my brain in twists, too. I was still getting mixed up after a few rings, too. After about the 30th ring I think I got BTW I like to add tatting to my cards sometimes...How about you?

Thank you for stopping by, Clare. I appreciate the comment. Tatting is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. I hope you try it someday. There are a lot of online resources. I enjoyed your blog, thank you for sharing.

Thanks, Susanne, I really enjoyed the exchange. I think Karin is very clever and it was so much fun for me. I hope she enjoyed it too. So glad you stopped by today.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You lucky girl! You now have a beautiful bookmark to hold your place in your Mary Konior book (my favorite!); you have a supply of bookmarks in HDT; you've made some more new friends; and I see you snagged another one of my favorite shuttles! ; )

My hair's much too short for a scrunchie... thank goodness! I have too many works in progress right now! But, I do have four daughters and two granddaughters who might use them...

I may join a tatting exchange some day... when I feel I can complete a piece quickly enough, and when I feel ready to have others look carefully at my work! : )

Rosemary said...

Thanks for the nice comments!
I like having the lavender in the feeder, so I can have it inside the house, and it smells nice.
I love the bookmarks!!
Thanks for visiting,

Tattycat said...

So many beautiful things to look at! And, teaching me yet one more thing that I HAVE to try! I'm glad you are enjoying your exchange. I'm sure your partners are too!

Singtatter said...

Wow, how exciting, so much happenings! Joining exchanges are fun to "meet" others, surprises everytime. Met a lot of nice folks, though I have 1 or 2 unpleasant encounters.

Marilee Rockley said...

Those are all such cool items, but my favorite is the hair scruchie! I wear my hair up in a ponytail a lot, so I will have to figure out how to make at least one of these!
BTW that is a very pretty postcard as well.
How nice that you are able to participate in all these fun things and make new friends, too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's so pretty. I really treasure the few tatting pieces that I have from my family. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for your very observant comment, Diane. How lucky you are to have such scruncb-a-licious To be honest I totally made a mistake on that bookmark and I'm sure she'll notice it, I guess I've been tatting for soooooo long I just don't care

Thank you for the visit and the nice comment, Rosemary.

I'm glad you stopped by, Tattycat. I hope you got my message on eTatters about the link. I got that link from Ais over at

Singtatter, I'm so glad you popped in. I'm sorry to hear you had a couple of bad experiences. I'm dying to hear about them but I guess you don't want to BLAST it over the net. I really did enjoy the exchange and look forward to doing it again sometime when my life is a bit more in order.

Isn't that hair scrunchie cool, Yarnplayer? If you do attempt it let me know if there's anything I can do if you get stuck. You will probably ace it right away, though.
I love postcards. I didn't even think to send her one from where I live...oh, well, maybe next time...I guess I could mail her one anyway. I hope she didn't feel ripped

Lisa, you are so fortunate to have tatting from your family. The only tatting I have is that which I've made myself. Except for this bookmark now and a cute little brooch with tatting on it that I bought at a craft show. Thanks for coming on over.

Alexia said...

Hi! Thanks for coming to visit me... I'm so glad ya did. I have been wanting to try tatting for a while, and you have some really inspiring work here!

Carol Schockling Lawecki said...

HI TattingChic,

Aren't tatting exchanges fun! The bookmark you recieved is lovely and a great keepsake with the postcard from Germany too! My first exchange was a bookmark exchange and I use mine is whatever tatting book I am using at the time. The scrunchie is such a neat idea. My daughter has long hair and would love this too. I'll have to figure this out too and make her some. I'm not sure if I understand how you did it. I'll have to study it somemore. The Black Magic pattern that you made for your bookmark looks very nice in that HDT, infact all the bookmarks you made look so pretty. I don't think I can even pick a favorite color, they are all very nice. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

Unknown said...

Hi Alexia, I hope you do try tatting sometime. Glad to be of inspiration to you and I'm so glad you stopped by.

Carol, always nice to read your sweet comments. That's a great idea on using the bookmark in the tatting book I'm using for the moment. I'll probably use it for that...problem is, there's usually several in use at the moment...oh, well, I'll just have to do more bookmark

Jon Yusoff said...

I love the idea for the scrunchie... First time I'm seeing something like this in tatting. I've seen some in crochet but never occurred to me to tat it. Your bookmarks are lovely too.

Kathy said...

That's wonderful you were able to swap internationaly. The bookmark is great and the hair scrunchie is just adorable.

Gina said...

I was barely tatting when I got into my first exchange. They are so much fun as long as everyone follows through and you learn so much, not only in doing your own project because you tend to try out new threads and techniques, but also from what you receive. They are usually such an inspiration.

That's the best tatted scrunchie I've ever seen. I might have to try one for my granddaughter!
:-) gina

Bonnie said...

Your exchange sounds like alot of fun, especially to exchange with someone from a different part of the world. I like the idea of the hair scrunchie but I also can not get my mind around how it's done. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us.

Jeff Hamilton said...

How cool is that. I did a bookmark exchange recently too, and Karin from Germany was one of my partners as well. She does awesome work. The book mark you made her is great as well. I was going to make the same bookmark; good thing I changed my mind.

La Belette Rouge said...

Tattingchic: Thank you so much for visiting my blog. It was so nice of you to post. Merci!!

What a fun exchange. Even more fun when the exchange is international in flavor. As I am totally inept when it comes to handicrafts I am amazed and in awe of both of your mad tatting skills.

Unknown said...

Hi Jon. I've never seen anything like the scrunchie in tatting, either. That's why I got so excited about it; especially with the rings around the elastic.

Thank you for the nice comments, Kathy. It's always nice to have you stop by.

Gina, you are so lucky to have been able to get involved in exchanges when you were first tatting. The internet wasn't even a thought when I first learned to tat. Isn't it amazing that we can all connect this way?

Yes, Bonnie, the exchange was fun. Maybe I need to find a way to explain the scrunchie in a more detailed way so people understand.

Hi Jeff. That is too funny that you also had Karin for a partner. Wouldn't that have been funny if you did send the same bookmark? Maybe that's why she sends a bookmark of her own design.

La Belette Rouge, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting today. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors in France. I am positive you will reach your goal and have amazing experiences. What an opportunity!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What beautiful work!
When we lived in France I saw many people do tatting and I was amazed with the art. It is really beautiful.

Thank you for commenting at my blog! Your gloves sound so cute!

zarina said...

I wonder why I have not seen your blog. I only recently jumped in but have seen so much to give me inspirations. I only just received Sherry's shuttles this morning so can't wait to get home and load it up. The bookmark is beautiful. The patterns are in the book? I thought its a webpage thingy. Ok - that will be my next purchase but not so soon.

Cindy said...

I love the bookmarks! The exchanges sound so fun - someday I will try that. For now I will concentrate on learning the beautfiful art of tatting and watching your wonderful blog to inspire me :) Thanks!

Unknown said...

Hello Rebecca Ramsey, your reciprocal visit is most appreciated! That is very interesting what you say about France and seeing tatting being done there as it was my Mother who taught me to tat and her side of the family is from France.
Your book sounds fascinating I might have to give it a whirl.

Welcome back, Zarina! I don't know how to break this to you, but you've been here before. You actually even commented before on my post "Friendship is the Blossom of One's Heart" Yes, all the books featured on that "webpage thingy" are actual real tatting books, in fact, I have each and everyone of them. Happy Tatting! I'm glad Sherry's Shuttles arrived safe and sound.

Artsy Threads, welcome to my little corner of blogger-land. You are welcome back anytime. In fact, if you are ever serious about learning about tatting I suggest you join They are a very helpful bunch of tatters and this is their web address:
That would be so cool! I also have a clickable badge to my page there on the side bar on my blog.

Unknown said...

P.S. Artsy Threads...what I MEANT to say was, "Welcome back". I hope to see more of your tatting on your blog. So, that cute little tatted doily, you tatted that? Good job!

Melissa said...

WOW girl I am so blown away with how many comments you have!!! But not surprised you are so tattingchic, fun, and sweet that it's no wonder everyone loves you!

Unknown said...

To borrow a phrase from a friend of mine that is, herself, very tatting'chic' "AWWWWWW....that is so sweet of you to say!"
Thanks Melissa, and I was quoting, YOU, by the way.

Cheryl Miller said...

Wow, you do some beautiful work! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such nice comments! Come back again!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the sweet comment, Periwinkle Vintage. I will return, you are welcome here anytime, as well.

Ais said...

The book mark is beautiful! TattingChic I think you and I think alike! I am stuck on Black magic in size 40!! I have been working on Black Magic too and I find that you have been doing that too.:)

Also the last post, I did the exact same heart a month ago in size 8 thread but ran out of thread and made a wrong join so didn't post it. :D I think I'll go make it again!

AngelDoll said...

Absolutely beautiful tatting and website. I have saved your url as one of my favorite links...please let me know if this is okay with you. Then I can admire... and 'dream' about tatting every day...your work and exchange sounds very inspiring, giving me one more reason to pursue this art. I have a tatted cross bookmark that I would love to use on my stitched projects, however the color is not exactly right although I did purchase some dyes at Michaels (mmy first dying effort??).. I am dying to learn how to tat the heart you and Melissa made. My next achievement. I googled some online tutorials, so thank you once again for your visit to my site and your kind remarks. BTW, you and I have so many common likes...victorian, bunnies, tatting etc. Keep up the excellent blogging. Have a nice day.

Unknown said...

Hi Ais, I've done black magic in size 20 thread and it still turned out pretty. It is such a nice pattern. I'll look forward to a post of your "Heart's Desire" on your blog, too, then! Thanks for stopping by.

Angel Doll, I feel honored that you want to link back to my blog, here. You are welcome here, anytime. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about tatting. Yes, bunnies and victorian and vintage thingies are the best! I also love angels so I like your User ID name.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Holy cow you got a lot of comments here LOL!
I would love to see those gorgeous bookmarks in person. I LOVE size 80 tatting! Photos just do not do this delicate tatting justice.
That scrunchie is fantastic, I may have to try one of those too!

Unknown said...

Hi LadyShuttleMaker,
I'm so glad that you were finally able to stop by and comment. You have been missed here in blogger-landia! You're right, photos don't do size 80 tatting projects justice. I would love to see a post on your tatted scrunchie. Lot's of people have commented on it. Let me know if you have any questions on how to do it. I recommend using size 10 thread like Karin did. Once you are able to wrap your brain around it, it tats up easily.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Sorry to leave an unrelated comment, but I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog at All Things Quilty. I appreciate your comment about the Grand Canyon photo and its story. I've never tried tatting, but your work is stunning!

Hulda said...

Thank you for your comment at my blog!

Your tatting is amazing! I love the blue little heart. SO lovely!

Lilla Blanka said...

Thank you for the visit and sweet words in my blog!
Oh, tatting (new word for me) seems fun, and the things you do are just amazing, I´m really impressed!
Big hug
Mia (from Sweden)

Unknown said...

Jeanne Turner McBrayer,
Thanks for stopping by, your story was very touching. Thanks for the comment over here in my little neck of the blogger-woods.

Hulda, so glad you came by to visit and left such a nice compliment. I really appreciate it.

Hi Mia,
Thanks for coming by all the way from Swededn...LOL.
Hugs back,

joyh82 said...

Wow, I love those bookmarks.. very cute. Do you sell them at all?

Unknown said...

Hi Joy, I'm glad you like the bookmarks. As of yet I am not selling them, but if that ever changed I'll let you know. Thanks for stopping by today.

Unknown said...

The bookmark looks really good made with HDT.

Unknown said...

CLyde, I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit. Yes, the HDT is so lovely, isn't it....oh, founder of the "HDT ADdicts" over at eTatters, you. We're all a bunch of HDT junkies now thanks to Yarnplayer and LadySHuttleMaker and now possibly, Pamela...Shame Shame...ROFLOL

zarina said...

There might be a fourth HDT seller - Bre-Aly. I asked someone to tat for me to see how the thread turns out. Now, Brenda says that she bought the finer threads. Just give her a few weeks to start posting at her Etsy shop. Not sure if she has a blog though.

Unknown said...

The more the merrier...then we'll have more HDT to choose from.