Monday, 14 September 2015

Turning the page

Last Saturday I resigned  from being the Chairman of the Ring of Tatters.
When I was appointed in 2008 I said that I would serve for five years and only stay in post if there were extenuating circumstances - well in 2013 the Ring was involved in the Lace 21 exhibition of all laces at Waddesdon Manor which didn't finish until last October. We had agreed to make tatted snowflakes to decorate one of the rooms at the Manor for the 2014 Christmas season. These snowflakes were donated by our members and were sold for charity. This was all done by April so I have now resigned. I hope the Ring finds a new, younger, forward looking volunteer to take over and build on the work I did over my seven years.

Thursday, 20 March 2014


I added more patterns on my website recently so, if you haven't had a look for a while, you could check it out.
                   Happy Tatting

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Learn to Tat DVD and Tatting Techniques DVD and booklets

Back in 2009 I blogged that the Ring of Tatters had produced a Learn to Tat DVD which was available from Lynne at The Ring now also has a Learn to Tat booklet and Tatting Techniques DVD with a pattern booklet. Clare has taken over all the merchandising for the Ring and you can contact her at or through the website

That's all for now,

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New patterns on my website

I have added the new patterns for the small bauble and two snowflakes to my website. I was asked for the pattern for the Lion that is on the home page so that's there now too. I designed him for a 90 year old friend who wanted to tat it for one on her grandsons. For the shape - as I can't draw, I used one of the photos that my son took a few years ago when he was in Kenya.
I've put the pattern for the fan on my home page and also a quick and easy bracelet on too.
A photo of the train engine was on my blog ages ago but, as it's hard to find suitable patterns for little, or not so little, boys, I've added the pattern for it and also charts for the coaches etc.

 Happy tatting!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

New patterns

I've added some new patterns to my website. The photo of the small mat above on the left (which uses Celtic Knotted Picots) was on my blog a long time ago and I've been asked for the pattern, so it's now available. If you haven't tried the Celtic picot technique perhaps you should try the pattern for the motif in the centre first which has one on a chain and it is easier to work than the ones on rings.

The patterns for the medallion using double picots, small mat using SCMRs and the pendant on a chain, which I've done with my tatting groups recently, are also on my website.

Monday, 16 April 2012


I'm a bit late sharing this pattern, I should have had it on my website at the end of March, but I'd bought a new computer and have been a tad busy so haven't had time to learn how to 'drive' it. Mostly it's just getting used to the new look on the screen but I'm having to check that the links on my website aren't broken.
I created this very easy cross bookmark pattern for my tatting groups to work on in March. The straight version is for the beginners who might have a problem turning the corners to work the 'branches' of the cross. If you'd like the patterns they're on my website (click on' Cariad Tatting' on the left). The straight version is called 'Bookmark 1'.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sponsored skydive

I know this has nothing to do with tatting but this is my 16 year old grandson, Matthew, two weeks ago on his first skydive. He has been wanting to do this for a few years but had to wait until he was old enough. He is raising money for the National Autistic Society and, even though you can't see it in this photograph, he is wearing a T shirt showing the logo.
Matthew knows more about autism than other youngsters of his age because his younger brother, Simon, is autistic.
I am very proud of Matthew but wish he'd do something less scary.