There are some tatters I am in absolute awe of, and Yarnplayer is one of them. Not only does she create the most beautiful hand-dyed threads (of which I have many), but she creates lovely tatted jewelry AND she is a fantastic, and prolific, designer. So far she has written numerous small patterns and TWO BOOKS! Where does she find the time? I often wonder. I have a hard time getting my original patterns written down anywhere, and I can't even imagine the descriptions, and the diagrams, and the tips & techniques, and the pictures (you know the problem I have with pictures) that would be necessary for a book.
Oh, I imagine myself writing a book. I have lots of ideas for a book. Just not a lot of time. Or motivation. Or a good camera for all those pictures.
Anyway, the second present my wonderful mailman brought me was Yarnplayer's new book "Up and Tat 'Em". While my favorite pattern is her "Beguile Set," that particular pattern is going to require a little more concentration and time to make. In fact, I need to obtain some nice rings to use in that pattern first anyway. So instead, I started out with her "Five Petal Pendant."
The piece on the right is tatted in a black DMC Cebelia, size 20, with round copper beads. Can I say I LOVE her technique of adding a bead in the middle of a ring? The book was worth it for that technique alone! The piece on the left was tatted with Yarnplayer's own Watermelon Tourmaline thread (still probably my all-time favorite hand-dyed thread color), size 20, with her coordinating plum thread on the outer round. Olive green Swarovski crystals compliment this thread beautifully. This pattern was a pleasure to tat and I love the results. I was having so much fun I decided to try "Belle" as well.
This one is tatted in size 20 olive green DMC Cebelia with navy blue/olive delicas, a Swarovski pearl in the center and crystal at the bottom. Another lovely pattern with easy to follow instructions, great pictures, and a fabulous result.
I highly recommend the book "Up and Tat 'Em", as I do all of Yarnplayer's patterns and threads. Add this book to your tatting library - you will not be disappointed.
Thank you, Mr. Mailman (and Yarnplayer)!