Friday, 13 November 2009

Christmas Tatting at Missenden Abbey.


I had very busy couple of days last weekend at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire. The course was called 'Tatting for Christmas' so I'd taken patterns for snowflakes, baubles, embellishments for cards and an angel.
Four of the students were absolute beginners so their first challenge was to learn how to 'turn' the stitch. As anyone who teaches tatting will know, some people achieve this quicker than others but it isn't a race and they were all pleased with their progress. Two made at least one simple decoration to take home and the other two were well on the way to finishing their first tatted project. They all did very well.
On the first evening I gave all the students, who could tat, a fairly easy pattern to work but from then on each lady decided what she'd like to make next, with a bit of advice from me when necessary. When they found that the pattern used a technique that they didn't know, or had forgotten, we had a learning session. The most popular designs were the little angel and a beaded snowflake (not shown in the picture). Some tutors of tatting courses move on to a new pattern each session but from what I've been told by students what they don't finish on the course usually ends up as a UFO and they all chose to finish one project before moving on to another.
I wouldn't usually do the choirboy, choir girl or snowman on a weekend course because there is too much tatting or sewing to be able to complete just one of them in the time. These projects I've done with my groups at home where we do part at each meeting and there is time between classes for my ladies to catch up ready for the next stage.
I've got two more tatting events before Christmas so my bungalow has boxes of tatted decorations in most of the rooms because it isn't worh putting them away.

7 comments:

Sally Kerson said...

Oh aren't they delightful! But I can see there is a lot of work in them, even down to the candles - thanks for showing them.

Jane Eborall said...

What some lovely designs. Thanks for telling us about Missenden Abbey. I'm awaiting the next installment on your Christmas tatting!

Isdihara said...

Your Christmas tatting is truly splendid and totally charming! Awwww, if only I had one of each to hang on my holiday tree.

Since I don't live close enough to attend your classes, have you thought of selling the instructions as PDF files through Etsy?

Like Jane, I eagerly await the next installment on your Christmas tatting!

Jane Eborall said...

What a splendid idea Isdihara. I go with that one.

Carol Lawecki said...

Wow, the choir boy and girl, angels and snowman are truly works of art. What detail you have put into these pieces. The tatting at the bottom of the candles, the stars the angels are holding and the caps they are wearing and the lace trim. Very, Very nice, all of them. That includes the adorable snowman too!!!

tatting28 said...

lovely patterns. Please put them on a pdf and sell them. I would love to be able to tat them.
Yvonne

Jennifer said...

Hello Yvonne,
I'm working on a book of my Christmas patterns which I hope to have ready in the spring or summer 2011. It will include the patterns for the new designs I did at Missenden Abbey in 2010.

Jennifer