Well, finally our shipment came on the 4th of march after a long 3 weeks of waiting.
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to blog after we got our shipment, been rather busy, both with tatting and other stuff. But we got needles jeij! And we put our shuttles down and started needle tatting like crazy, we found it MUCH easier than shuttle tatting. I’ve made a few pairs of earrings, quite a lot of pairs actually, two necklaces and lots of items that didn’t quite sit well with me, mistakes etc, that were just thrown away. I still have to finish some of the work, put chains or ribbons on the necklaces and such and will post pictures as soon as I finish it, thread all ends and take some good photos with an actual camera, not the crappy one that’s on my phone.
I’m thinking it might be easier to make an album of our finished work than post all the pictures on here, so I’ll just put in a link as soon as possible when I’ve finished the work. It’s just so much more fun to keep tatting and not finishing the works, do the chains or earring hooks etc. But ofc I would have done it right away if I’d had the needles to thread the ends right from the start, took me about two weeks to finally go and buy them.
Oh yeah, talking about that shopping trip! Both of us sisters went to a store here in Reykjavík after I called my aunt to ask here where we might be able to buy very fine threads – cause I didn’t really like the selection in the other place we bought the Lizbeth thread. She referred us to another store which is more of an office supply / school supply store and I didn’t really think we’d find anything there, but to my amazement she nailed it! It was filled with Lizbeth thread, size 10 and 20 and all kinds of other threads as well, lots of pearls, earring hooks and just all the supplies that you might need for jewelry making. So we bought a few colours, needles, needle threaders (which we’ve ruined already, they’re really crappy) and we found a very nice plastic box with lots of little compartments and with it came these little plastic thingies that you wind your thread on and it fits perfectly in the little compartments, it’s very neat! So you don’t have to have the whole ball of thread with you, just this little piece, and you can wind enough on it to last for a while.
One thing we learned that same day, after getting really excited about maybe being the only ones here that were tatting and we were doing something completely new, well besides the old ladies doing doilies and edging clothes and stuff, we were the only ones tatting jewelry. But we were wrong! There is this girl here that we had no idea about but my sister found by accident online, that’s been needle tatting for quite a while now and is even teaching needle tatting in that store we found – so THAT’S why they had all this selection of Lizbeth thread. I have to admit that I was kinda disappointed, I really wanted to be the first and hopefully the best in the future. And she’s even selling her works on facebook, which would be perfectly fine (nothing wrong with healthy competition) if she weren’t overprizing her product so much. F.ex she’s charging around $60 for a pair of earrings that aren’t even that complex and don’t take that much time to do… it’s just really wrong. So I don’t like her. I would never charge that much for a piece of earrings, even though they’re homemade and maybe even her own design. Or what do you guys think? And some of her works that she’s selling for even higher prizes come from free patterns online. I don’t think that’s such a nice way to go, or maybe it’s just me being irritated and negative towards her cause she’s doing the things I was planning on doing, I don’t know. I still find it wrong to overprize so much.
But to other things. We’ve found out that Marilee Rockly (yarnplayer) is a very big name in the world of tatting. Or at least I think so, given the fact that she’s published three tatting books, which I really want to own and I come across her designs all over the internet. I wish I could tat like her, omg she’s SOOO talented.
The reason I’m mentioning her is that both me and my sister have found out that shuttle tatting might be the way to go, most of the tutorials online are for shuttle tatting, patterns are mostly made for shuttle tatting and lots more. So we decided to buy her online course on craftzy.com yesterday. I reaaaally recommend it for tatters that are just starting, it’s amazing. She’s just a fountain of knowledge on everything tatting, and she’s so adorable. So I finally found out how to make a chain with shuttles and her videos explain things so much better than any other tutorial I’ve come across so I’ve started shuttle tatting again, and hopefully will “master” that soon.
And like I said, pictures will come soon! 🙂