>Nut Cracker in Russian Needlepunch


My daughter is starting her second project using this technique.

This will be for an art show at school in about a month. The last one she did won the last art contest she entered. The current project is for an unjurored show, so it doesn’t all have to be her own original designs. She won’t be drafting her own pattern this time.

Since Christmas is around the corner she wanted to do a Nut Cracker. The first three steps of this project are done: fabric picked (wool gabardine), image decided upon, image transferred to fabric using a light table and a green permanent market. The punch work begins tomorrow. I think this time when I am teaching her I will have her play with different fibers, maybe wool for the hair and gold metallic thread for buttons and things like that, but she will have to decide as it is her project. Maybe she will work with playing with depth of the thread loop lengths for added texture. I will just let her see her options in supplies and techniques and she can go from there.

>Happy Thanksgiving


For those of us in the United States, it is Thanksgiving today.

A day when family and friends get together an say “Thanks” for all the blessings of the year. It is a common practice to eat turkey on this day. So if you are feeling a little stuffed like this little turkey, I think you ate too much. Have a lovely day!

The item in the back of the picture, in case you are curious, is a salesman tatting sampler c. 1900. A salesman would go to all the local tatters in the area and get samples of their work. Once collected, they (the lace samples) would be attached to fabric and the prices written on it for easy reference. Then the salesman would go from mercantile to mercantile selling his/her wares. After collecting the orders, he would go back to the lacers and tell them what to make. Once items were made the lace pieces would be collected for distribution. There are not too many of these around. The person who had this did not know what it was and gave it to me with the battenburg piano top runner pattern for free. Quite the free bonus. We had it framed; it is quiet lovely.

>tatted edging

>This is an edging that I created over eight years ago.

The sample was made 8 years ago when I was learning how to tat, and it has a few mistakes in it. I think it will still give you the idea of what it looks like. My tension is much better now, and the rings would look more uniform now, as well.

= means future join
– means picot

+ means current join
ds = double stitches
j = join
p= picot
capital letter means ring
lower case letter means chain
the number refer to the number of dc stitches.
Here is a sample I just tatted the aqua one.

Modern Pattern Version
A. 4=4=4
a. 6-2-6=4
B. 4+4=4
b. 4
C. 5+5-5=5
D. 5+5-2-2-5=5
E. 5+5-5=5
c. 4
F. 4+4=4
d. 4+6-2-6
repeat to desired length
for easier reading, if you are not used to the method above, use the pattern below

Traditional short hand pattern
*Ring A : 4ds, p, 4 ds, p, 4 ds, close ring
chain a: 6ds, p, 2ds, p, 6 ds, p, 4ds
Ring B: 4 ds, p ( join to last p of last ring), 4ds, p, 4 ds, close ring
chain b: 4ds
Ring C: 5ds, p (join last picot of last ring), 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds, close ring
Ring D: 5 ds, p (join last picot of last ring), 5ds, p, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds, close ring
Ring E: 5ds, p (join last picot of last ring), 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds, close ring
chain c: 4ds
Ring F: 4 ds, p ( join to last p of last ring), 4ds, p, 4 ds, close ring
chain d: 4ds, p ( join to last p of last ring), 6ds, p, 2 ds, p, 6ds *
repeat from * to * to desired length