Friday, May 2, 2014

Special Anniversary 'Tatting' Display

... and a New 'Anniversary' Necklace

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). 

I tatted the motif many years ago and encased it in a paperweight.  But I decided to remove it from the paperweight and use it on a necklace as an anniversary memento.   I’ve already received several compliments on this necklace from salespeople who have waited on me in stores!    

Coffee Table Display
I always use my coffee table to display cards and holiday items throughout the year, and, of course, I take them down after the event.  However, this year I’m keeping my Anniversary display up for a while, especially since we get more visitors during the summer months!  It’s also a way to display my special tatted items here at home!     

The lovely plant is a gift  from our brother- and sister-in-law,
mentioned in the previous post

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!  

Third:  On the white candle is Frivole’s sweet ‘Happy Heart’, which she generously shares with us on her excellent Patterns page (see the tab at top of her blog) at
Fashion statement from 1964

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!
I loved the ‘Christmas red’ taffeta gowns my two attendants wore, although today I would choose burgundy velvet gowns (similar to the color of the bow and velvet box in the photo above).   

 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.
Our gowns had bateau necklines and long tapering sleeves.  Strapless gowns were not allowed in churches back then! Our sleeves were form-fitting and didn't have the puffy look of the ‘90s, which does tend to ‘date’ those wedding gowns now – but I liked the Victorian / Renaissance look of some of those gowns.     




elizabeth said...

very lovely!!! :) I can see why you are so happy with your lovely tatted crafts! God bless you and your next many years!!! :) n

Jane McLellan said...

Good idea to keep the display up for a bit longer. I like your heart pendant, great way to show tatting off.

God's Kid said...

Very elegant necklace!!! :)
All the other items are so beautiful too!!! :)

Jane Eborall said...

The necklace is wonderful. Not surprised that people comment on it. Such an interesting post. Thanks.

Marilee Rockley said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Absolutely gorgeous table display, and very good idea to keep it up so more people get the chance to see it. Thanks for showing us as well!
Not surprising that people are complimenting you on that beautiful necklace.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your "fashion statement from 1964". The outfits sound fabulous!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Your display is lovely, and I can understand your desire to leave it out so that others can view it. Imagine the conversations that will start because of your beautiful tatting!

I enjoyed reading about your wedding! My mom hoped that one of her three girls would get married at Christmas time. Red is her favorite color. However, not one of us had a Christmas wedding. It sounds like yours is a wedding Mom would have loved to attend!

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful display to celebrate such a wonderful occasion! Happy anniversary to you both!

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful display of tatting, I hope your anniversary year will be good and have lots of memories for years to come.
Your pendant is beautiful and no wonder you have had many good comments on it.

Suztats said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
Beautiful tatting in a wonderful display makes the celebration last even longer. Would have loved to see your wedding photos as the fashion report sounded striking. ( especially as opposed to my wedding attire: blue jeans and my hubby-to-be's t-shirt. we eloped)

Tatskool said...

Happy Anniversary,that was such a lovely blog post. Just wish we could see a photo of your wedding now that you have wetted our appetites. Sounded lovely.We were married in 1967, no sleeveless dresses then either. Loved the necklace and the display. Wish many more happy years.

ancolie said...

All is beautiful
Congratulations !

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