My intents in setting up this blog were originally rather selfish- I wanted a way to document with pictures my tatting projects since I expect to give or sell most of them away. That's still the case, but in doing so much internet research to find my own inspiration, I hope that maybe my selfish blog will inspire someone else to take up an art form of their own and (pardon the sappy notion...) make the world a prettier place.
Where to begin....
I took up tatting about 2 months ago. I was invited to go to a masquerade ball for New Year's Eve, and I'm not the type of person to go with the traditional... (Besides- masks purchased online, while pretty, tend to have an abundance of glitter. I like glitter, I really do! But not when the majority of it will probably end up in my eyes.) So I did some searching for lace masks. I'm not entirely sure what I had in mind, but when I saw the mask online by TotusMel (http://totusmel.blogspot.com/), I was hooked. Armed with some questionable how-to videos, new shuttles, old thread, and a load of determination, I taught myself how to tat. At least enough to make a passable mask in time for the Ball.
At the time, I thought I'd just created the Mona Lisa. Now..... I see so much room for improvement. But thankfully, I haven't given up on the learning process. :) And yes, I know the camera on my phone sucks. I'll have to take better pictures down the road...
I got the mask done with a whopping 2 hours to spare before the party started. And in case you're curious, I used eyelash glue to hold it in place. An odd sensation, but it beats getting glitter in your eyes!
Enter 2011, with all the possibilities a new year tends to bring. And I've added NEW thread to my amory, plus piggy-backing on a neighbor's internet connection, so I spent much of January looking at more how-to vids, pictures, blogs, etc. Here are some of the projects I started/completed during January:
So, those are my completed projects so far. I have one more set of garters to make, and a necklace I want to get started for a friend of mine at work. Then, I got what might be a fantastic opportunity to go in on an etsy shop with my college roomate- the woman who has more artsy wiles in her little pinky than I do in my whole body. So I'm trying to think creatively on what might be appealing to sell in an etsy shop that 18 million other people aren't already selling. :)