Thursday, 7 January 2010

VTT 1 - Lace Shuttle

Welcome to the new year of VTT! Suzanne has created a new badge for us. My older Vintage Thingies Thursday posts will remain listed under the old badge, and a new list will be started under this button on my sidebar.



I will start the year by showing the most wonderful Christmas gift I received from big sister P. She handed forward some family heirlooms she has received from our mother years ago, and I will leave them someday for my daughter. The goodies came in this box:



This is what was inside:




Great Aunt Saima's tatting shuttle, with some lace she has tatted, a tiny hook with a ring for your finger, and a small pair os scissors. I have posted about this lace before, and I thought I had a shuttle I couldn't find. I still think I may have one, because I'm thinking of a slightly different shuttle. This one is silver, with Saima's nick name engraved. I'm so happy to have this set. Thank you, P. Big hugs!

To help me use the shuttle, P gave me also a book about women's own handicrafts:

     

There is a chapter about tatting lace:



All I need now is to take the book and the shuttle, and start working.



By the end of the day I should have something like this finished:



Only kidding! I have never tried this, and I think it would take me weeks to make a simple lace like in the first picture.

Suzanne is showing some vintage Christmas ornaments, and the list of links to other VTT blogs.

23 comments:

  1. Good luck with the tatting it's beautiful but I have never ever had the courage to try it. Such treasures from your family.

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  2. OH WOW! I remember you talking about tatting before? You maybe had lost the shuttle? I can't remember exactly but I recall you were talking about shuttles...

    Wonderful!

    Tracy Happy VTT!

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  3. Nice little treasure you got there.

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  4. Oh Ulla,
    What a lovely family heirloom. A wonderful treasure to pass down.

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  5. These pieces are so pretty. I remember as a child watching some ladies use lace shuttles - - - but I don't know if I could do it.

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  6. What a special gift. With your love of old things and handmade things somehow I think you'll be able to master the fine art of tatting. Somewhere in my house I have a beautiful tatted doily made by one of my husband's great aunts.

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  7. I love your tools. I like to read about things like that, but I could never do tatting myself.

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  8. That is so cool! You should totally try it!

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  9. What a lovely gift. Tatting is so beautiful. I hope you will try it.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  10. Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful to make a piece of lace like in that last picture? It's beautif! A little work of art. So nice of your sister to give you those family heirlooms. It's the little things that our family members actually touched and used that are the most precious!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  11. What a precious, precious gift! That is a wonderful vintage shuttle and the tatted lace attached is just so sweet!
    You know, sometimes those old vintge tatting instructions are rather archaic and I mean that in the nicest possible way. What I mean is that if you are going to learn to tat without a live teacher present, something with a little more visual help may be in order! Many "newbie" tatters have given feedback that an instruction book with artist's renditions of hand positioning in tatting can be challenging to follow. There is a book called "Learn To Tat" by Janette Baker" that has a free DVD and the book is under $20! I've heard from quite a few new tatters that this book really helped them learn. I hope you don't mind my friendly suggestion, but I'm all about helping a new tatter. If you ever want to visit my tatting blog feel free to do so! I have a lot of other tatting blog links on my right side bar, too! Stop by and say hi sometime!
    Happy Tatting!
    ~TattingChic ♥

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  12. A lovely piece of history to pass on to your daughter. I tried tatting once but never got very far. Good luck to you if you do decide to work at it.

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  13. Oh my - what a lovely and heartfelt gift, Ulla! My grandmother tatted as well and I've always wanted to learn. I'm sure it won't be too hard to learn and I can't wait to see what you make! I can just see you staying warm inside with tea, the tatting and the snow falling outside your window!
    Cheers!

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  14. One of my sadnesses is that when I was little,I was taught all the needlearts by my mother and grandmother. My granny taught me how to tat..and through the years of non practice,I have forgotten how. All the other I remember..it's just the tatting lost. It's a shame too,because tatting is just beautiful. I have several handkerchiefs in my collection that have tatted edgings on them..and those I really treasure. I hope you learn how..it's a beautiful craft. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Hei,
    se mustavalkoinen käpy tulee sinulle ensi viikolla postissa.
    Onnellista uutta vuotta, käpyile hyvin!
    Terhi

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  16. oh how what delightful gems with lovely family history attached to them..happy tatting :))

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  17. What wonderful treasures you have from the past. Someday perhaps they will be just important to your children as they are to you today. A great VTT post.

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  18. What a wonderful gift from your sister. My neighbors while growing up did some tatting but I never watched how they did it. It looks very intricate. Let us know if you try it. Would love to hear how it goes.
    Jane

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  19. What an amazing and very thoughtful gift. Those are the kind of gifts I love to receive....Are you going to try and learn to do this? I think that would be interesting to learn, but I think I'd be intimidated, it looks hard, maybe it is not! Lovely post, great Vintage treasures! Happy VTT!

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  20. Lucky you! I can't wait to see your lace when it is finished. You may want to look at some of the antique tatted lace pattern booklets at the Antique Pattern Library: http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/

    Happy VTT!

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  21. What a lovely gift!...its like a peek into the past-your aunt could have just put down her tatting!

    (I too want to learn to tat-wish I could find a teacher.)

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  22. i really like the new button. and i wanted to thank you for all the vintage posts you made in 2009. i had some tatted pieces passed to me some time ago. and managed to insert them into a few bedjackets that i made as presents. the book illustrations are beautiful.

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  23. You really have such wonderful treasures! Tatting lace is beautiful, have you already started? It would be nice to see how it grows!

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