mercoledì 14 ottobre 2015

Tatting from the heart: Lory Tatting...

From classic to modern

Lory was taught basic tatting by an old lady, who jealously let her take just a brief glance at her art... Everyone of us surely knows how easy it is to meet some of these wonderful artisans who are hardly willing to share their art; but the basics were enough for Lory to
master the tatting technique and achieve great results!

Her first works concentrated on classical themes such as borders, doilies and tablecloths, realized with beautiful cotton thread

In this picture you can see a beautiful white doily with a tatted motif border.

The tablecloth was a huge work, perfectly embroidered and enriched with tatted lace inserts. The time, patience and ability you need to achieve such a result are only known by those who ever tried...

The bottom picture displays a beautiful doily, a masterpiece I would say, tatted with a thin cotton thread which adds richness and beauty to the whole work.

Lory realized these works when she was around seventeen: though sometimes these techniques are said to belong to elder people, I actually believe these are ageless passions...and I'm sure my fellow handcrafters agree!

To wear her own tatting was such a satisfaction...especially since it was the most important day in her life! : what you see here is Lory's wedding dress, embellished with a fine tatted lace border. 
When it's about tatting, you don't need to make anything complicated to get a beautiful result: this is in fact a very simple motif adding a great effect. 

During the last years, though still making classic works, Lory concentrated more on jewels tatting.
It goes without saying, that tatting smaller things allows us to reach a wider audience: everyone can afford a beautiful bracelet or earrings for a reasonable price, getting their own small and precious lace sample. Not the same for a bigger work, which is more likely to be an investment...

These beautiful earrings are so very popular among tatters, many of us have tatted them: they're simple, clean and offer a variety of finishing combinations.
This is Lory's very first original designed pattern. She named it 'Lory tatting' and she is soon going to display it in her Etsy shop.

Here's a variation on the same pattern: using a different colour gives the pattern a more 'casual' effect...

This beautiful Ankars is also one of Lory's own patterns: mastering the Ankars technique is one of the most ambitious goals for every tatter who aims to create beautiful jewels. 
This one is so rich though delicate and small, a real concentration of ability and taste.

This, too, will soon be displayed in Lory's Etsy shop, which I am glad to link here:

As you may see, Lory has just started her internet activity and her Etsy shop is only at its
beginning; she is actually selling a lot by hand, fulfilling orders she gets from local people, making jewels as well as small beautiful works for marriages, confirmations or baptism, such as this beautiful tatted angel

This little piece of a beauty would surely be a beautiful gift for any ceremony, precious and appreciated...

This was tatted in fine cotton thread and stiffened, in order to keep its shape firm: it is surprising how such a fine lace can achieve a steady shape...

The following pattern is Lory's last one designed, also employing Ankars technique.

Don't you think this is an absolute beauty? You can hardly figure out how many variations you could achieve working on this same pattern!

This rich pendant pattern has already been sold on Etsy and ancountered much success: if you like a really rich effect, offering you numberless variations, this is it... 

And here's a really particular model: being tatted around a metal circle holding the structure, it achieves a sort of 'phantom' effect with the outer circle 'floating' around the inner motiv.

Now, I really hope I gave you good suggestions, and maybe now you will be willing to know Lory from a closer point of view.
In addition to her ability she is also a really heartful person, always helping generously and sharing her advices whenever asked.
If you wish to meet her, here are the links to her pages:
Pinterest: (here you will find more of her works, and also a free pattern!)
Fb page:

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