Braving a Big Tatting Project

Tatting is a thread craft that is not as popular as crocheting. Probably because it is more difficult to execute. You need more patience in learning the skill to make the project visually acceptable. You spend more time covering a small area in tatting than in crocheting or knitting. It is also more difficult to undo stitches.

I like the craft because of what can be created. It can be done using tatting shuttles or needles. I’ve learned to use both. Many times I’ve also designed some patterns and many of them I have not written down. They are mostly small items like bracelets and pins.

This time, though, I have decided to work on a big project. I’m not really fond of doilies because I have no use for them. However, I would like to push my patience further (as I mentioned above it really takes a lot of patience to do this craft) so I chose a big pattern, the Wiosna 2019. If you check the source, you will see the end result.

There are 20 rounds and I have finished the 5th.

It is as big as my hand…

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Decoding Braille

January 8 (I checked my IG post) was the day I figured out how to memorize the basic Braille alphabet and numbers, and some of the punctuation marks. I don’t know why it took me so long to focus on it but when I did, it just took me about an hour. I studied each code and I had a eureka moment. Since learning Braille has been one of my bucket list items, I wondered why it took me so long to delve into it.

Last month I had the privilege of sharing my discovery to the Women’s Club group of my Church congregation. I was also helped by someone who was blind since he was 13 (he’s in his senior years now) and he lent us the props and even bought new Braille paper for the presentation I told him about. He also lent 2 pairs of slate and stylus. Before my presentation that evening, he demonstrated how to use the tools. You write (punch) from right to left and you read the other side from left to right.

Braille slate and stylus

After punching, this is the reading side.

Braille characters consist of 6 imaginary dots, 2 across by 3 down. Where the dots are positioned tells what character it is.

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