Monday, June 15, 2009

Tatting Tea Tuesday

It's time for another Tatting Tea Tuesday!

The Chantilly Border from last week is still in progress, but I couldn't wait to start a teapot from Tea is for Tatting by Martha Ess. Her collection of tatted teapots is a natural choice for lovers of tea and tatting.

Quite frankly, it was difficult to decide on a pattern because every single one is adorable. The Celtic and Maltese teapots are stand outs, but I could easily tat my way through this book cover to cover. In the end I decided to start small with Tiny Round Teapot.

The tiny round teapot pattern calls for two shuttles and one color thread. Martha Ess doesn't mention winding the shuttles continuously, but I did. Here is my spout:

Shuttle Love
My favorite rosewood shuttle (photo above) has a tiny embedded crochet hook. Years ago the wood cracked. I was devastated. Later that same year the tatting angels were watching over me. At the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival I found a vendor who sold small, hand-turned items. He only had three shuttles on his table. EUREKA! It was the same craftsman. Thank you, tatting angels!

(Does anyone else have "I'm a Little Teapot" stuck in their head? No?! Guess it's just me.)

Even though it is a small piece, Tiny Round Teapot presents
three new techniques for me: the
folded ring, the folded split ring and the self closing mock ring.

The folded ring worked out well on the first try. Now on to the
self closing mock ring (SCMR).

More photos are coming! And
I will post a finished teapot
as tatting time permits.

Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful.
See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!

For coffee-lovin' lacers, try this recipe for cold-brewed iced coffee.


TattingChic said...

That is totally cool that you were able find the same shuttlemaker of the shuttle you loved so much!

Have fun making Martha's teapots. I really enjoyed making the Antique Rose Garden Teapot that I tatted up from her book. You don't have to like tea to love her teapot patterns. I am not one for tea, but I do find her teapot patterns charming.

Isdihara said...

Yes, being able to replace the cracked rosewood shuttle was an unexpected blessing.

How lucky you are to have been the tester for the Antique Rose Garden Teapot! It is a breathtaking design. Don'tcha love how the larger teapot patterns come complete with matching creamers and sugar bowls?

Will you be trying the iced coffee? It's scrumptious!

TattingChic said...

Oh, I was never a tester for Martha's patterns. I am sorry if something in my previous comment misled you to believe that, but I just ordered the book soon after it came out and tatted it from that.

Nope, not a coffee drinker, either...more of a Diet-coke-aholic! LOL!

Isdihara said...

A Big Thank You to @tattrldy & @tattycat for spreading the Tatting Tea Tuesday love on their blogs!

Today was a great day for tatting. Grey, drizzly and perfect for a hot drink. (Did someone forget to tell the sun that the Summer Solstice is only a few days away?)