Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am not a Professional Tatter!

Why do I let myself get talked into tatting items to sell?  It all started when I gifted a earring/necklace set to my friend. This is the pendant.

  She wore her tatted jewelry to Square Dancing (yes, some people still square dance in Texas).  All of her friends complimented her on her accessories and asked where they could get a set.  My friend then approached me with a proposition to make and sell them.  I was so flattered that people would pay good money for something I made that I agreed. I was also still very enthusiastic about the pattern and wanted to try it out in different colors.  Well, for the last month, I have been doing nothing but tat pendants and earrings in the same pattern, and I could just scream.  I have gone down this path before with the same result.  I get all excited about earning money from my tatting, then get bored with the project(s) before the obligation is over.  I think that is the problem:  the obligation.  I tat for fun and enjoy the freedom of moving from project to project at will.  I have a lot of obligations in my life: work, family, housework.  I don't want tatting to be just another obligation where I can't choose the pattern or colors that I want to work with.  As soon as I get stuck with a project, the tatting Muse leaves and all inspiration goes with it.  For this reason, I will never become a professional tatter.

Okay.  Now that I got that out of my system, let me show you some Christmas tatting that I have managed to squeeze in.  This is a snowflake by Renulek.  The pattern is here.

And this red beauty is from Jon Yusoff's  book "Elegant Tatted Gem's."

And finally, one completed Christmas tree earring.
This is a pattern from Jane Eborall and can be found here.  My version of the pattern has a variation without the button, which is what I did here, but her current pattern only has it with a button in the middle.  I wonder where the button-less version went???  (Update: Jane sent the link to this pattern.  I don't know why I couldn't find it.  Here it is.  Thank you Jane!!) 

And to all my American friends, have a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.


  1. I know what you mean, I tat for fun not have too! love your snowflakes and that tiny tiny Christmas tree is sooooo cute love it!

  2. Your pendant looks great!! :) And I can understand the tatting obligation thing!
    I love your snowflakes and Christmas tree!!! :)

  3. It's tricky, isn't it? Perhaps you could say you sell tatting but don't do commissions?

  4. The buttonless one is here
    I'm exactly the same over tatting too. As soon as I have to do something I lose interest!

  5. Lovely pendant, diffcult situation you could say that you also tat another design of pendants and give them the option of a different design giving yourself something different to tat. It is hard to say no, if they want different colours means you have to keep buying new stock, just say I have have that colour but I have this, so you don't get over run by thread.
    Lovely snowflake and tree.

  6. Know exactly what you mean about commisions to tat items, very flatering but it does tie you down, especially when you want to tat something different. Well done with your Christmas tatting