This is a new necklace (with a ‘repurposed’ tatted heart) that I recently put together as a personal Anniversary memento. It’s about 2” in diameter. I was pleased with the way this turned out!
The heart was tatted in a gold cotton thread (size 12 DMC Pearl cotton) and was designed by Kim Goetz, in Victorian Hearts & Flowers magazine (Better Homes and Gardens – 1995).
On the coffee table, along with the bell ‘tower’, are three favorite ‘heart’ items.
First: Teri Dusenbury’s ‘Regal Heart’ (on the velvet heart box), which I’ve had for several years. I believe it’s the only heart in Teri’s ‘Tatting Hearts’ book which does not have split rings! That’s why I tatted it, because when I bought her groundbreaking book in the mid-‘90s, I had no idea how to do split rings! I sewed the pearls on afterwards and attached the lace to the box with beaded pins. Therefore the lace can easily be removed and washed if necessary.
Second: Lyn Morton’s ‘Hearts and Flowers’ pattern, from her book “Tatting Patterns”. The pattern was free on her website for a while, in 2010. The motif is displayed here between two pieces of clear glass - originally ‘large candle’ holders (different sizes) that happened to ‘nest’ together perfectly, encasing the tatting.
I was amazed to discover just now that Lyn Morton and her husband have recently retired, and there are new owners for their e-shop, ‘Tatting and Design’ (England). The website is an excellent source for tatting items and books! http://www.tatting.co.uk/
I am always pleased when I look at our 1964 wedding photos, as they don’t seem too ‘dated’ to me, except for my and my two attendants' hairstyles. I had a medium-length 'flip', my Maid of Honor had a straight, slightly bouffant style, and my bridesmaid had her hair in a loose french twist, light teasing on top.
The hairstyles of the ‘70s featured mostly long and straight hair on the gals, who also sometimes wore floppy hats; and the guys wore wide-lapel pastel tuxes, perhaps in bell-bottom style! Also boys and men in the '70s were wearing their hair longer, and in some cases very long!
Our best man and usher had short hair and wore classic black tuxes, which would look just fine today!
What is amazing to me is that we all were only 19 or 20 years old!
The girls each carried a white fur muff and wore a small, white fur pillbox hat, with a small, silk red rose attached in front. The muffs had a 'crescent'
of fresh red carnations attached.
I still love the style of my white satin gown, with a full skirt and short train. My mid-waist-length veil was capped by a scalloped pillbox hat made of white sequins, which sparkled in the light.