Inspiration comes from some of the most interesting places, doesn’t it? This morning I was browsing through some of my needlework books, and I came across a lovely photo of some framed paper lace valentines. I thought the picture was just absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful way to display paper lace and real tatted lace together! Just stunning. The photo I am describing can be found in the book called A New Twist on Tatting by Catherine Austin. It is apparently out of print, but you can still find it for sale on the Internet. I love my copy of the book and that’s saying a lot considering that I don’t even know how to tat (yet. Learning how to tat is on my to-do list.) Anyway I originally purchased this book just because I thought it was such amazing eye candy ~ so many pretty lacy girly “shabby chic” type pretties in the book. Also, when I DO learn how to tat someday, this book has some great stuff in it ~ the patterns are so interesting and they include so many things that are a significant improvement over the usual pattern books for tatted lace doilies. Many of the tatting books that I’ve seen are BO-RING, but this one really is not.
If you look closely at the picture in this book, you can see that the hand tatting appears behind the paper lace valentines in the photo. The pattern for doing the tatting is given in the book. I am so enthralled by this idea! And this is only one of the clever ideas given in the book ~ there are quite a few of them ~ most of them not related to paper lace in any way, but if you like paper lace you’d no doubt enjoy looking through this book too. Especially because there are also photos of some amazing museum~quality tatted pieces which kind of boggle the mind when you look at them.
So, if you have some vintage paper lace valentines ~ and they are quite common, so if you are at all interested in collecting paper lace you should have no trouble finding some ~ and you’re looking for an innovative way to frame them ~ well, get your hands on a copy of this book! And then learn how to tat!