Tatting Class

Join my tatting class and take up a new hobby today. Have a try at making your own handmade lace.

Also known as shuttle lace, shuttle tatting uses shuttle and thread to make jewellery, dollies, bookmarks, coasters, edgings, collars, table runners, shawl, blouse, ankle corset, motifs, handphone charms, handphone strap and more. The end product can be used to adorn clothings, beautify the house, decorate christmas trees, create fashion/hair accessories, doll up your pets or make a gift for someone special. The possibilities are endless.

Tatting requires the use of both hands. It provides good training for left and right hand coordination. It has also been used in occupational therapy to keep convalescent patients' hands and minds active during recovery, as documented in Betty MacDonald's "The Plague and I".

Group and 1 to 1 classes are available. Group classes are kept small, about 2-6 person. Interested please contact uniqcreations4u at gmail dot com.

Don't let technological advancement kill our creative life.

"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." - Albert Einstein

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

For The Tatting Gardener

Tatting Fern was first discovered by Mrs Frizell in 1857 in County Wicklow, Ireland, and the fern was named after her. She found it growing on her property. The leaves look like tatting rings with tiny picots alternating on either side of the stem. This is what gives it the name. In fact it was discovered at a time when tatting was very popular in Ireland.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Interesting Facts

I found this online the other day. It is taken from Anitra Stone's website. She has some interesting information about tatting which I have never heard of.

1. As a cottage industry, tatting was important in the fund-raising efforts to provide relief for the victims of the Irish potato famine of the late 1840s.

2. A few years later, tatting provided the inspiration for naming a new fern found in County Wicklow, Ireland known as ‘the Tatting Fern’ (Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’). This plant is aptly named because the fronds resemble strings of alternating green tatted rings.

3. Tatting became a popular pastime and source of extra income during the years of reconstruction following the American Civil War.

4. In the early 1900s, Romania’s Queen Elizabeth (Carmen Sylva) is said to have incorporated her personal precious and semi-precious jewels into her tatted works. Legend has it these pieces were then donated to a local monastery rather than have the jewels fall into the possession of her husband’s paramour.

5. Tatting offered solace to Russian Tsaritsa Alexandra Romanov during her family’s house arrest during World War I. In 1918, she wrote about her tatting in her diary the day before she, her husband Tsar Nicholas II, and the Imperial family were executed during the Bolshevik revolution. Whether by coincidence or intent, her second daughter’s name was Tatiana.

6. The remainder of the 20th century brought additional techniques but even modern technology has failed to create a machine to replace the human. Despite being a throw back to older times, tatting has made numerous appearances in the modern world. 
I have to grin at this as there was a businessman from China who saw my tatting and asked me to work with him to develop a mechanical process to mass produce tatting laces. The impossibility of mechanical reproduction makes tatting more valuable than knitting, crochet and even bobbin lace.

You can see some of her works here  http://www.anitrastone.com/. I like her humming birds.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Paintings of Women Tatting

Oklahoma artist Freda de Odis Flatt (right) presents her oil painting, "Delma Flatt Tatting," to Dr. Rick Wetherill, director of East Central University's Center of Continuing Education & Community Services. The painting is displayed in the center's main office.
Painting of a young lady tatting. Someone claims that this is French Impressionist Renior's painting but I have searched through the entire collection online and found nothing. Does anyone know who painted this?
American Impressionist Charles Courtney Curran's painting - Tatting Lace
An 18th century woman holding her shuttle.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another Copyright Infringement

Italian craft magazine Creative is currently under fire from tatters all over the world. They will be publishing a number of Marilee Rockley's patterns in their upcoming No.18 issue without her or her publisher's permission. This is outright theft. It is also a concern I have when I was thinking of self publishing my patterns. You don't have to be famous for unscrupulous people to do this kind of thing to you.

Tatting unlike knitting and crochet is rather time consuming. The time and effort the designer put into each pattern is substantial. From developing idea to gathering information, sketching the design, writing out the pattern, tatting it, making changes and tatting it all over again, getting someone to help proof read and tat the pattern, more changes to make and test tat again. The process repeats until the designer is happy with the pattern. The next stage is to take photos. Editorial work needs to be done before the pattern is ready to face the world. From start to finish, it takes at least 3 days of intensive work before a small simple pattern can be published. My book took me more than 1 year and that was without anyone helping me to proof read and tat.

The parties concern are now looking into legal action against the magazine. Let's bear in mind the consequences before anyone decide to do similar things.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2 New Designs

 I did 2 new designs last week while do demonstration at VivoCity.
This little bunny measures only 3cm in height. A small little cutie with its head turned to the side. Will probably need a little more fine tuning before I will consider it as satisfactory.
This swan is also only 3cm in height. I was working on a swan design previously but a much bigger one and it didn't turn out satisfactory. This one is just nice.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tatting Class

 Raudhah's first try at tatting. It's been a long day for her.
 Jolin seems to be enjoying it very much.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Very Angry

Some people are just damn thick skin, doesn't want to put in effort to organise class and teach properly but has the cheek to request that I let her sit in my class and meet up with my students. Her lackey can even tell me that she wants to help out in my class and another give away my email address without my permission. As if her children refuse to look after her, she has to leave the country for 2-3 months every year and let people know that she is very lonely staying here all alone. Go back home to the family then.

I like how one of my students put it: Who does she think she is. Obviously she thinks that she is some celebrity in the world of tatting that everybody has to meet up with her when she is here. Enough is enough. I have put in a lot of time and effort to get my classes going and I am not even using any of her notes for my classes. The fruit of my labour is mine to enjoy. My classes are none of their concern. 有本事自己找學生.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2 Layer Tatting

Wai Chun did this over the holiday. Isn't the colour sweet? When modified, this motif can be made into what Feliciana did below even though she used another technique to make this flower.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tatting Class

Here are the photos of last tatting class. The bag is made by one of the participants who has some experience in tatting but would like to take her skills to the next level.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tatting Class on 10 Jan 2014

Join us for a night of festive shopping, Art, Design and Music at Red Dot Design Museum on 10 Jan 2014 from 5pm to 12 midnight. I'll be conducting tatting class that night. Message me to reserve a seat if you are interested. Only 2 time slots available. You will also find one-of-a-kind handmade greeting cards and jewellery. Custom order of name stamps and wax seal stamps are also be available. We are also open for bulk order of corporate Chinese New Year cards. Talk to us about customising your own stationery. See you there.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Students' Work

If you are interested to learn tatting find out more at MAAD tomorrow night.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Students' Work

 Wai Chun's rose medallion.
Angela's Josephine Knot motif still in progress.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Student's Work

 Angela's motifs in size 10 Lizbeth threads
 Wai Chun did something extra on her own. Btw, this is Debbie Arnold's seahorse not Jane Eborall's.
 Finally Angela mounted the swans on blue fabric and she is going to make a table mat.
 More of Wai Chun's extras tidbits
We have our classes in foodcourts and the ladies can have their meals just before the class.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Students' Work

 Angela's little flower motif.
Wai Chun did something extra on her own.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Student's Work

 Angela modified the Lacy Bookmark pattern and made a pendant for her mother's birthday.

 More of Angela's work in size10 Lizbeth varigated thread.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Student's Work

 Serene's snowflake
 Geok Lian doing balloon sculpturing.
 I took the bear and Chii Wang took the heart flower
 Marianne's snowflake
Chii Wang's snowflake
Wai Chun's little motifs

Thursday, November 28, 2013

More Students' Work

 Marianne's Swan.
 More of Marianne's motifs.
 This is how Marianne store the remnant thread.
 These transparent pegs are the ones that laundry shops use for hold men's trousers.
 Wai Chun's snowflake. White against red is so striking.
Serene did these in 1 morning. She has spent her annual leave wisely.
Angela's motif. She has yet to sew in the ends.