Monday 30 July 2018

Lovely Gift

I recently received a lovely surprise in the post...  a beautiful handmade bag - with a matching small pouch inside too - in a fabric that features tatting!  Isn't it great?

I really like it.

I was looking at it today and was suddenly inspired to re-create one of the motifs from the bag.  Tat, tat, tat...

After a bit of trial and error...

I think this may be as close as I'm going to get to what I see on the bag.

The one on the bag is a bit more "open", maybe tatted a bit looser, or slightly longer bare threads and picots but I think the general shape and proportions are not too bad.

It was interesting trying to work out how to make it in one pass, with one shuttle only.  I found a way!  My guess is that it is an old design where each round was cut and tied.

Here is another photo that shows a smaller version of the same motif on the fabric with my tatted version next to it on the right:

Maybe a few of them put together might look nice?

Best wishes,


  1. It is a cute little set, I wonder if the gifter expected that you would try to figure out the pattern. Never understate your talent for deciphering a pattern; I'm always impressed by your many talents. Thanks for sharing

  2. So glad you like it! I also have one in that fabric! Our friend is so very talented! And you figured out the motif! Well done you!

  3. What a fabulous gift!! :) You did a great job trying to figure out that motif!! Are you going to stitch it to the bag?? ;)
    It's beautiful!!! :)

    1. Great idea! I will stitch it to the bag. :-)

    2. The motif MUST be stitched to the bag! Really great gift! I can't help wondering how the fabric was manufactured in the first place. Who had the inspiration to add representations of tatted lace. It's not the kind of fabric you would find just anywhere, so I wonder where it was found.

  4. So beautiful! I love it, great job with the motif, it's perfect!

  5. Beautiful gift, your motif looks great and a great job on re producing it, I wonder if it was originally in very thin thread and when they printed on the fabric it was made bigger for the pattern of the fabric.

  6. Thank you for your comments tatters! :-)

  7. I love that you were inspired to figure out that little motif - it’s wonderful! You are so talented to figure that out - it would have never occurred to me to even try that. You are truly an inspiration :)

  8. And a lovely motif it is too!


  9. I love the motif and the bags! It's so much fun to find fabric with lace designs, and to have bags for our tatting featuring lace... fantastic!


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