Monday, 8 December 2008

Tatted Christmas Trees

If you have read my profile you will know that one of my other hobbies is tatting. I learned to tat about 15 years ago and made a few bits and pieces, but then for one reason or another didn't touch it for several years. About 18months ago I discovered Here-Be-Tatters a yahoo group, and since then I have been thoroughly enjoying myself downloading free patterns galore. There are so many talented tatters who give their patterns freely I shall never live long enough to reproduce them all.

One of my favourite designers is Jane Eborall. Back in May of this year I took part in Jane's TIAS (Tat It And See) challenge. I had never added beads to any of my tatting, and don't think I would have attempted it without the encouragement and comaradie that was shown during the 10 days that the challenge took place. My lady was the result doesn't she look grand.

Then around August time Jane showed a wonderful beaded tatted Christmas Tree and asked if anyone could guess the order of the tatting. Having enjoyed creating the tatted lady so much I sent her an email with my guess. I was wrong but she very kindly sent me the pattern to test tat it and once again I rose to the challenge. The result is the middle one of the 5 below (the one with the odd star at the top of it). They look a lot better since I have stiffened them with water soluable fabric which I dissolved in a jar of warm water then painted on. Since this time Jane has offered the pattern on her website . I have managed to obtain some decent stars and backing pins so recently, over the period of several evenings I tatted Christmas trees. I made them into brooches and intend to attach them to blank Christmas cards to send to my special friends and relatives.
I am very pleased with the results and hope my friends and relatives will be too.


  1. Your tatting is lovely! Jane E. is a treasure isn't she???

  2. Hi Jane,
    There is great camaraderie in the tatting world and I am enjoying every bit if it. Everyone has been very helpful and sharing generously.

    Your trees are beautiful. I like the one with the white coloured beads along the edge.

  3. Oh, your Christmas Trees look so lovely! You did a fabulous job on them! I love Jane's Christmas tree design, too and you have certainly done it justice! :)

  4. I love your little doll person, and the trees are adorable.

  5. Hello Jane B, We share in common that our favorite designer is Jane Eborall. I think her designs are ALL fantastic and I love tatting them You did a great job on your tatted lady!! I haven't made her trees yet, I haven't been able to find the stars she used. She gave me a link, so I guess I'll mail order some. Where did you get your stars and the pearl at the bottom? Thanks for sharing your pictures. Have a great holiday!!

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments and encouragement. Happy Holidays to you all.