Monday, January 30, 2012

Making Little Hearts for Valentines Day

 Inspired by all the other tatters, I've been tatting hearts too.  First up is Heart's Desire by Susan Fuller.  The pattern can be found here and Frivole of Le Blog de Frivole has made a chart to go with it which can be found here.  This is one of the first pieces of tatting I've ever been able to scan and it shows up so much better in a scan than in a photo.  You will notice that I left the ends hanging - I had a good reason for doing that which will become obvious very quickly.

This lovely little tatted heart is Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo.  The pattern for it can be found here.  Both these heart patterns are pretty easy (or I couldn't have done them) and they are both lovely.  Both hearts were tatted using Lizbeth Size 20 thread in Medium Azalea (620) and Dark Boysenberry (644).  I love these two colors together.

 After I finished tatting these hearts, I thought about what to do with them.  I could just leave them laying around.  I could stiffen them and hang them somewhere.  Or, I could knit up a couple of my Little Hearts (pattern top right of this blog - free) and attach the tatted hearts to the knitted hearts.  Guess which option I chose?

The Boysenberry thread almost matched the pink yarn exactly, and the tatting didn't work well on that heart, so I embroidered a little flower on it.  Those of you who are better than me at embroidery (or who just want to take a little more time with it) could make something really pretty.

I love this idea!  Think I know what Girl Far From Home is getting for Valentine's Day!



Kathy Niklewicz said...

Excellent way to combine tatting and knitting! Both tatted hearts look wonderful! And thanks so much for sharing your cute knitted heart pattern!

I'm impressed you found Susan's pattern 'easy' to tat. I tried it this past summer, w/o a chart, and ran into trouble, but I did eventually finish it. Now that I have Frivole's chart (so kind of her to share it!), I believe I can more easily tat another one. It's a wonderful design and looks pretty in either solid or varigated thread.

Teresa said...

That was definitely the more difficult of the two, but I had the chart and the written instructions and several examples (Frivole's, LaceLovin' Librarian, etc) to look at while I tatted it.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Great idea! Funny, I haven't been able to get the hang of the butterfly heart. I've started it three times. I haven't given up yet, but I think it's the large rings that are giving me fits!

Fox said...

Lovely hearts, all!
Fox : )

Val said...

Beautiful hearts and I really like the idea of sewing them onto the heart cushions. Thanks for sharing!

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