Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Edges

My computer keyboard has been acting up lately. It's totally my fault--I've been playing too much scramble on facebook. Don't feel much like typing tonight, so I won't say much.

Pictures from my work table:

This last piece is from my grandma. I grew up in Taiwan, and she lived in Maine. I only got to see her once every three years for short visits. This is one of the few things I have that she made. It's a pillowcase with tatted edging. I don't dare use it, because I don't want it to get washed too much. It lives in the linen closet, and every now and then I take it out to look at it and admire the tiny little stitches. Amazing.

15 comments:

Sarah said...

What gorgeous tatting. I was watching the ladies who do tatting at at my craft group today - so clever.

Just wondering how are you going to attach the ruffle rac to your project? I have some here and must jump in and use it.

Ruth's Place said...

That's a beautiful piece of tatting.

Rebekah said...

beautiful! what a great memory of your grandma!

Heather said...

I am completely addicted to scramble on facebook too! Like unhealthy ignoring the kids addicted, hehe.

Katie said...

I wouldn't wash my grandma's tatting, either, but I'll tell you a secret about tatting. It's made up of little knots and is super strong. I have a pillowcase with a tatted edging that I have used daily and washed weekly for at least 8 years, with nary a sign of wear. I have heard stories from older women about how they had to take the tatting off of something (hanky or pillowcase or whatever) because the hanky or pillowcase or whatever fell apart.

I love the vintage ricrac! I've never seen it anywhere but on blogs. I did buy myself a whole mess of jumbo ricrac yesterday. I'm making burp cloths.

greetingarts said...

Maybe you could frame the pillowcase? Seems a shame not to get to see it every single day... it's amazing, thanks for sharing your pics with us! Love that ricrac! I'm not even going to ask what scramble or facebook is, because I seriously don't need another addiction.

DeeJay said...

I wanna come play....

muralimanohar said...

I was just coming here to tell you to frame your Grandma's tatting, too. It's not doing any good stuck in a closet!

Lynn said...

So pretty! I agree with Katie, the tatting will outlast the pillowcase. It is said you can cut the tatting and it still won't unravel.
I tat, and need to figure out how to incorporate some edging into my sewing projects.

Little Old Liz said...

I'm a tatter, too, and I'd say the tatting will long outlive the pillowcase, and probably you too. Use the case. It would be an awful shame to let it dry-rot in a linen closet.
Like most needlearts, the work is done to soothe the soul and mind of the crafter. Utility is secondplace. The edging can be removed and used over again.

Erin said...

It's lovely Joanna. Oh dear...now I am going to have to go and check out Scramble on FB. I am already addicted to Scrabulous. Ack...it truly is an obsession. Up for a game??? :o)

Junie Moon said...

Lovely things on your worktable and it is so nice that you have something created by your grandmother. That is extra special!

Chara Michele said...

Oh jealous of your vintage ric-rac! :)

tinkerverve said...

Nice pictures! Definitely bring a smile to my face. Every time I see the Dick & Jane fabric I wish I had picked some up and old red rick rack is a fav. Tatting is another thing that I admire. It's such a lost art. I've tried to learn but I'm not sure that I am passionate enough about it to put that kind of time into it...maybe some day!

stinkerbellesfriend said...

I would use your pillow case to make a pillow case doll. It will show off the tatting and you can embellish the actual case with your own handwork to tie in with your grammas. My Gramma tatted an angel for me 25 years ago, it's supposed to go on top of the christmas tree, hasn' been there yet. But I have never packed it away either. I have her in Grammas china closet, that I was blessed to be given. Enjoy your treasures!