A lady at work makes these wonderful and intricate ornament (as well as doilies and other things) by hand. It's called "tatting". I had never heard of tatting before, and in fact, I am not even sure how to use the word... Is it the method? The result? The process? What do you call the person who makes it?
|Looks great in my tree|
Anyway, she had her work station area decorated with those and when I commented on how nice they looked, she told me she was selling them. My jaw dropped when she told me the price...
No, they were not too expensive. Quite the opposite. She sells them for next to nothing! It barely covers the cost of her supplies and, as a fellow crafter, I can appreciate how much work goes into them so I just could not in all good conscience just give her the price she was asking, so instead, I offered to make something for her as a trade.
She took me up on my offer but did not ask for anything specific. "Just make what you want", she said. So I made her an infinity scarf in Fall colours - her favourite:
I did make a third thing for her, which I will give her as soon as I find it. It mysteriously disappeared somewhere in my sewing room as soon as it was done. Time to do a major clean up in there!
I really enjoy sewing little things to give as gifts (or in this case, as an exchange), especially if the recipient is a crafter who values hand work. I have a few more to make for Christmas. What about you? Are you busy making little things this holiday season?