Thursday, March 19, 2015

Off the Shuttle: Tatted Paper Egg Ornament

In my last post I wrote that I wished I had an egg-shaped paper punch to make Easter egg ornaments. Taking my $10-off coupon to A C Moore yesterday, I found a tool that fulfilled my wish. I thought if I couldn't find a punch, maybe a stencil would do the trick. The above shape was made using a Fiskars stencil. The package contains 3 templates: circles, ovals, and rectangles, with several sizes on each template. Of course, unlike with a paper punch, you still have to punch the perimeter holes for attaching the tatting. I used my usual 1/8" hole punch that I use on the Christmas card ornaments.

The paper is from a pack of assorted pastel cardstock from DCWV, Inc. The thread is DMC Cebelia size 20, color 210 lavender. The sticker is from a pack of K&Company's "Clearly Yours" epoxy stickers. 

The tatting pattern is one I use frequently on card ornaments:
Rings: 5ds p 5ds attach to card 5ds p 5 ds
Chains: 3ds p 3ds

I think I'll adjust the pattern on future eggs as it tended to curl up and required a lot of finger blocking to flatten out. I think lengthening the chains might do the trick. 

My tatting onto paper class is coming up later this month and I can't wait to share all the examples I've been making. Eleven people have signed up for the class and I hope to have some paper goodies for them to take home for inspiration. 


Madtatter80 said...

You know this is very beautiful and I would cut out 2 pieces of felt in the shape of the paper egg attach a snap and and then glue only edges of the one to the paper and the other stitch just a bit on the side to make a needle book, then you could give it to me! ha ha!

tattrldy said...

I have been admiring your tatting on paper. I would love to go to your class but the commute isn't practical:-) Do you have any tips to keep the paper un-crumpled as you tat? I would suppose you need to be careful with how tight (or not) you tat the joins to the paper.