Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Magnify your tatting and use plenty of Modge Podge!

I am always on the lookout for creative ways to display my tatting.  While shopping at Michael's the other day, I found some round, glass disks in the Mosaic section.  They seemed to be the perfect size for a small motif, you know, those little ones you make to clean out a shuttle.  Here's how it turned out.

I used Modge Podge to glue it to the back of the disk, then stuck a magnet on the back and put it on my refrigerator.  See how the glass magnifies the tatting.  It looks really cool in real life.  I can see my fridge covered in tatted embellished magnets over time.  The pattern is from "Tatted Treasures" by Jan Stawasz.

At Home Depot, I spotted various sizes of white ceramic tiles, the kind you use to tile your kitchen or bath.  I thought they would look lovely with a little tatting on them, so I bought a couple (ahem, 6 or 8) and have started embellishing them.   They are quite inexpensive, less than 50 cents for a 3 inch by 3 inch tile and a little over a dollar for a 6 inch by 8 inch tile.  Here is my first masterpiece.

And when you attach a plate hanger to hang it on the wall, it looks like this.

I used Modge Podge to glue it to the tile.  Using a paint brush, I brushed a good layer of Modge Podge, to the back of the tatting, not to the tile.  I carefully positioned the butterfly and pressed it down, trying not to get Modge Podge on the rest of the tile.  Even though it dries clear, you can see little spots of Modge Podge around the butterfly.  I was able to scratch those off with my fingernail after the piece dried.  The tile has a nice glaze, and you don't want to blemish it with spots of Modge Podge.  This butterfly pattern came from Martha Ess' old blog site.  I don't know if she has re-posted this pattern onto her new site.


  1. Great ideas and sweet butterfly!!!! :)

  2. I really like the magnet, now you've got me looking up resin casting!

  3. Very cute there is another lady that tats all the way around the "babbels" and makes jewelry. I also love the butterfly very nice :)