*The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Recently, the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications (also known as, the GMC Group) reached out to ask if I'd be interested in doing a review on:
The Art of Tatting Jewelry by Lyn Morton
Published by GMC ($19.95), available from www.tauntonstore.com
If you're not familiar with who Lyn Morton is, please allow me to briefly enlighten you...
Lyn has over 40 years' experience in tatting. She has taught in the UK and the USA, earning a reputation as a popular and enthusiastic teacher. She has run her own company, Tatting and Design, providing tatting resources to customers around the globe.
After much anticipation, I've finally had the chance to go through the book, work some patterns, and I can feel confident that I'm ready to write out my thoughts.
Are you ready? Great! Let's go.
The Seasons - currently in progress. I chose to deviate from the traditional instructions, by using Lizbeth brights instead of seasonal, and joining the flowers and fillers in various places instead of following exact.
Colors used: ocean teal dk#665, raspberry pink lt #623, ocean sunset #155, cream #610, size 20
I call these her most creative pattern set because you can mix and match any flowers from her template (or design your own!), to create each piece.
A few important points which the book contains
There are 3 categories of patterns to work through:
And also a Tools & abbreviations, Suppliers, About the author, and Acknowledgments section.
In Lyn's previous book, Tatting Jewelry, all of her patterns call for metallic thread, and beads. In The Art of Tatting Jewelry, patterns utilize metallic or non-metallic (ie, cotton) thread.
Some patterns do not call for beads, but all patterns use threads in either size 20, size 40, or both.
Each pattern contains a "You Will Need" box, explains how many beads to add to which part of the thread (shuttle or ball), and any helpful hints.
At first glance, the book is well-made and in beautiful presentation. There are 112 pages. Full-color photos, pattern diagrams and written text all help to bring each pattern into full scope. This is very important as some of the instructions are not necessarily written out; but rather, implied. As Lyn mentions in the Introduction, [quote] "The instructions in this book assume some prior tatting experience." [unquote]
I agree with this but by the same token, the patterns that I have worked thus far, I wholeheartedly believe that any beginner can work them. As long as one takes their time, reads the written patterns and also follows the diagrams, there shouldn't be many, if any, issues 🙂
One very cool thing about Lyn's newest book that I have not seen in other books: a template. 39 different flowers which are used in her most creative pattern set, appropriately named: The Seasons
The Circle of life - currently in progress. I chose to deviate from the traditional instructions, by using Lizbeth thread (ocean teal dk #665, size 20) instead of metallic.
Just today, I came across a blog post by Tatting Corner, with a 'Designer of the Week', featuring the pattern Circle of Life. It was a very nice read!
Conlusion of my review
If you aren't familiar with Lyn's style of writing patterns, then you may find them to possess a few fun quirks. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.
Do you have a copy of this book? Have you had opportunity to work the patterns? We want to know what you think!