Lydia – Inspiration 1

Lydia Anne Orr Inspiration
This simple little design – the outer ring of it – from Anne Orr Tatting Book No. 48 from 1950 looks like a good starting point.

After a quick wander through one of my favourite old tatting books, I’ve found a simple little design that I think will look good for my newest doily design. This is from the Anne Orr Tatting Book No. 48. This is a medallion, there is also an edging which uses the outer ring of this design on the next page in the book. Obviously a useful design that can be adapted easily.

One change that I will make to this pattern is to use 2 shuttles rather than 1. The flipping to make a ring that goes in with the same shuttle means a twist in the design, which I don’t like. It’s hard to see in this image, but when I did a test of the pattern the twist was obvious. This often happens with the old patterns.


Lydia – the Idea

Idea for Lydia design
Six large round circles and a small one… that gives me an idea!

Whilst waiting for new thread for continuing to experiment with my Katie pattern (the thread I had was not inspiring) I idly put together some simple circles with some nice Spring-like thread. That gave me an idea for a new pattern I will call Lydia.

Katie Inspiration

Katie Inspiration Loose Design
A looser, more relaxed than usual vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 88.
Katie Inspiration Open and Airy
An open and airy vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 66.

Inspiration for my next doily pattern which I will name Katie. I’m planning a shamrock filled, relaxed and airy design. Both of these inspiration pieces are from a German book published in 1921.

Pincushion Jackie Inspiration

Jackie Inspiration
This inspiration for Pincushion Jackie’s top comes from the German book: Neue Schiffchenspitzen Band 427 Page 15

As my kitchen renovation carries on (and on and on) I am continuing on with creating new patterns (so I’m not risking getting dust into anything I want to keep as final). So I’m thinking another pincushion!

This inspiration piece is from a German pattern book called Neue Schiffchenspitzen. The book is very old – I found it online at: Georgia Seitz

I like the clusters of rings and the big swoop chains around them. I didn’t count the number of stitches in the pattern, and I don’t bother trying to read patterns on the old pieces I use for inspiration too much. The patterns are frequently wrong in these old books.

So I will create my own pattern from here. J is next in my list of names for tatting patterns, so I think this will be Jackie. I’ve known some really great women named Jackie.

Pincushion Irene Inspiration

Inspiration for Irene
My snowflake pattern Helga – which is still in development – is the inspiration for Irene. Here in very rough shape!

Experimentation is key to working out a good pattern. Here is my snowflake pattern Helga (which still needs a lot of work) in green, with a bit more work done on it in white.

I like the group of three small rings. I’ve mirrored the three rings with another set of three rings… it needs work, but this has potential.