I am generally a very logical and practical person. When I go to the grocery store, I buy only enough for one week. I don't have a million shoes or clothes or purses. I like to keep things simple. But when it comes to tatting, I go completely nuts (crazy). I have at least 30 shuttles even though I only use 1 or 2 shuttles at a time. And my thread stash? Let's just say I have more than enough for this lifetime and maybe half of the next one. But my biggest weakness is patterns. This is a picture of all my pattern books.
And those three binders on the left side? They are filled with free patterns that I have printed off the internet. I just printed a new one off yesterday that I'm working on (I'll blog about that when I'm finished). So how many patterns do you think this represents?
I would say the number is in the thousands of patterns. Will I be able to finish all these patterns in my lifetime? Of course not.
But I still want to have more patterns. This collection does not include all the patterns I have on my computer in a folder labeled "Tatting Patterns," the ones that I have not yet printed out but have every intention of working on as soon as I have more time. And my next tatting purchase will include at least one or two more pattern books that are on my "Must Have" list. I guess you would call this an obsession. But at least I'm admitting it. And the first step to fixing my obsession is to admit it, right? But I'm not sure I want to be cured. I love every one of my pattern books, even though there are many that I have not tatted a single pattern from. But I will.......someday!