Sunday, July 24, 2005
Starch that bonnet
It isn't a good picture, but it shows the effect I was after with the starching. The brim now sits out like a proper bonnet brim should. I'm happy with it. Most of the bonnet was tatted with a shuttle, but the rondels (which really need to be ironed properly) were done with needle tatting. I've been a shuttle tatter for a long time, but on a recent visit to the US we went to Amana. There in the schoolhouse was Bonnie, sitting tatting with a needle. After long and detailed consultation and comparison of techniques, I bought a book and the tatting needles in Hastings, Nebraska. It is quite a different technique. Fast and effective.