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Tatted Lace Accessories
Donatella Ciotti

Search Press
27 August 2015 / ISBN 9781782212294
How-To Books/Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Complement every item in your wardrobe with this set of delicate lacy tatted jewelry projects. Make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, a purse, cell phone pouch, wedding favors and Christmas sachets using just thread, a needle and sometimes a few beads.

The projects in this book are truly beautiful and have a timeless look that is equal parts vintage and modern which is sure to have a wide appeal. Matching the pieces with contemporary favorites such as shamballa beads and iron-on gemstones is a good touch, as are some of the funky colored pieces. First however you need to learn to tat, and unusually this is done here using a long needle instead of the more usual shuttle. The author states that this is a more modern way of doing it and it is easier to unpick so no shuttles are used in this book, only needles. If you can already tat and want to learn the needle technique the instructions are probably adequate, but if you are a person who has never done tatting before this is not an ideal place to learn it. A few pages are given with tiny photographs but mostly this is a book of patterns for intermediate tatters and if this is you then you will find that the project instructions just fine. Each comes with staged photographs and diagrams plus some beautiful photography showing what can be done with what amounts to hardly any materials. A must have for all tatters who are beyond the basics and want to make some truly stunning jewelry.

If you cannot find a good range of shamballa beads and cords locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015