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.


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 Sample Summer

Green Summer top
Sample pincushion Summer top
Green Summer side
Sample pincushion Summer with start of a side

I started tatting a pincushion from the pattern “Summer” from the book “Tatting for Today” to see how it worked. This is the pincushion in the lower right corner on the image from my pincushion inspiration post. This pincushion isn’t finished and I don’t intend to finish it.

What I discovered making this pattern that I will need to consider when creating my own pattern:

  1. The pattern in the book has errors. The stitch count for the first inner ring is not the same for the following rings, and the last ring is again different. They should all be the same. So which one to use? This happens a lot with patterns I find in old books. The pattern in the book is only written, there is no pattern diagram, so that makes it even more difficult. The photo of the pincushion also doesn’t help… the stitch count for the inner rings is different again.
  2. The top does not sit flat. The previous pincushion sample that I tatted doesn’t sit flat either. This is likely key to a good pincushion design.
  3. The side pattern is really unappealing. It’s a kind of fish-net. I tried it 2 ways. I did some of it the way the book described, and then cut it off because it looked awful. I tried again, altering the pattern to make it more stable,  but it still looks awful. It’s good to know. The side of any pattern I make is going to need a lot of work.

Pincushion Sample Primrose

Purple Primrose top
Sample pincushion Primrose from the top
Purple Primrose side
Sample pincushion Primrose from the side
Purple Primrose up side down
Sample pincushion Primrose up side down

I tatted a pincushion from the pattern “Primrose” from the book “Tatting for Today” to see how it worked. This is the pincushion shown in white on a yellow cushion from my previous post. I haven’t made a cushion to put it on, so it needs a bit of imagination to see how it would look.

What I discovered making this pattern that I will need to consider when creating my own pattern:

  1. It’s really big! The finished dimension should be 4 1/2 inches (11.5cm) in diameter and 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. That’s room for a LOT of pins!
  2. The pattern says cut top and bottom 5 inch (12.7cm) diameter fabric circles, and a side fabric Bias Strip of 1 1/2 inch  x 14 1/2 inch (3.8cm x 36.8cm), all of which include 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) seam allowances. The whole tatted top is about 4 1/2 inches (11.4 cm) in diameter, so the over-the-edge Josephine knots are over due to stuffing. The lower portion of tatting that goes over the edge to the bottom is attached at about 3 3/4 inches (9.5cm) on the top pattern.
  3. The tatting will never sit flat. The centre is bigger than the surrounding circle, so the cushion would have to be well stuffed.
  4. I really don’t like Josephine knots. They take a lot of effort, and they look a bit picked at.
  5. Doing long chains in tatting and expecting them to be straight is silly. The chains on the lower portion are 18 stitches, attach to top, and then another 18 stitches. Because one side of the stitch takes more space that the other, a chain naturally tries to curve. It would be a struggle to get them to stay straight on a cushion.

Pincushion Inspiration

Inspiration Pincushions
Pincushions that I will use as examples when creating my own patterns.

It’s a new year and time to try something new! These pincushions from Tatting For Today (by DMC 1985) are making me think about new directions my tatting patterns can go in.

I’ve done at least one of these patterns in the distant past, and it worked well, so this is a good place to start.