Thursday, June 20, 2013

dictum centesimum tricesimum (130th post) 95 year-old tatter

I made this basket not too long ago but for some weird reason wanted to do it again.  I just wanted to do split chains.  Crazy reason, I'm sure.  (It's from an old Tatsy booklet and the thread is Romanian "macrame", kind of stretchy and weird to work with.

I've been teaching teachers the last three days.  We have a 1:1 ipad initiative but some of the teachers needed or wanted some training first.  I'm no expert but I read some tech blogs and am willing to push buttons until things happen.  The point of this ramble though is one of the teachers brought in some tatting from her family.  Isn't it beautiful?  The picture in the corner has the tatter too.  He tatted this when he was 90 and continued tatting until he was 95!  His name was Aaron Kraft.

And on the other end of the spectrum, here is my younger daughter's first piece with rings and chains.  

And here is tonight's dinner.  We call it English tea with cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea.  I'm sure the English wouldn't recognize it but we love it.  The other sandwiches are egg salad with curry, raisins, carrots and cashews.  

20 comments:

  1. Love this post.

    Imagine. 95 and still tatting! He must have been blessed with very good eyesight.

    Your daughter’s tatting is excellent! Proud Mama!

    And the table is divine!

    That egg salad sounds fabulous. I eat a lot of egg salad and I am going to make that one. : ))
    Fox : )

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    1. Ooh, tell me what you think when you do!

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  2. Love the basket. Looks like a lot of time went into making it, especially with the split chains. What an amazing doily from a 90 year old tatter, with a very appropriate name, "Kraft." We all have a little "kraft" in us. :) Your daughter is off to an excellent start. I wish my daughter was interested in tatting, but sadly, no. :(

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    1. It might come later, that's what happened with this one. The other picked it right up!

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  3. You have a talented Family, I enjoyed the Story.
    Happy Tatting!
    Petra

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  4. Beautiful basket,
    I hope I will still be tatting at 90, if I make it that long.
    Your daughter is off to a go start and well done it looks very even.
    I think you knocked the English tea time I hope you had it 4 o'clock which would be the correct time, we English are particular on how afternoon tea is taken.
    Margaret

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    1. I meant no offense. It was just that we had the cucumber sandwiches.

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  5. Love the little basket, it looks as though it should have confetti or sweets in it. Good to know that there's no age limit to tatting!!

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    1. I can't figure out what goes in them but sweets sound good although around here, they'd be gone in a flash!

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  6. Please, can I come over for tea?? It looks too wonderful, I want to join in! Crustless cucumber sandwiches... what a luxury.

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    1. You just show up and I promise you can eat them until whenever!

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  7. Wauuuuuuuu !!!!! con 95 años , ojalá todas podamos hacerlo.Me encanta que tu hija se anime y haga sus primeros trabajos.La mia hace nudos pero de macramé. Besos.

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  8. Love your little basket!! :)
    That tatted treasure sure is beautiful!! :)
    And your daughter's piece is fabulous!!! :)

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  9. The basket is adorable, but I hate split chains! The piece tatted by the old gentleman is amazing and how honoured you were to be shown it. As for the tea, yes it looks very English, just one point sandwiches are usually two pieces of very thin bread with the cucumber in the middle and of course the crusts cut off, which I see you have. Love the way it is all set out though.
    Oh nearly forgot pleased your daughter is taking up tatting.

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    1. My daughters delight in setting everything out (just for this meal, not any others- sigh) I never could do the split chain until I saw Frivole's video and that was it!

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  10. Hi Michelle, the edging pattern is from the Big Book of Tatting by Darlene Polachic.
    The edging is on page 9 top of the page called White Trefoil Edging. I didn't turn it into a bracelet, but I think it would make a nice one for someone who loves all the frills!! :) Have fun!! And thanks!! :)

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    1. I'll have to see if our library has it. Thank you!

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  11. ooooh that doily is wonderful. What a grand thing to be able to tat at that age.
    I like your little basket. Congratulations to your daughter she is doing very well.

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  12. Gosh, I wish that *was* my tea! It does look quite English, or how we would like to imagine ourselves anyway :)
    Lovely tatting - yours and your youngest daughters, and i love the piece by Aaron. Its so nice to see the little photo of him too. So hard to imagine him with tatting on his lap. How nice!

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gratias maximas- it's wonderful to hear what you have to say!