I like dinosaurs, so it is common for my husband and I to add "saurus" to the end of things. Whenever he'd see me tatting, he would say "are you tattasaurusing" or "are you a tattasaurus". It seemed fitting to call my series of books "Tattasaurusing". Each book is 1/2 - page size, allowing it to fit in a small handbag.
The first thing I learned to tat was cross bookmarks. They still drive me today. I never get tired of them. I liked to tat with the size 80 thread, but the stores had it in white, black, or ecru. I like colors...lots of colors!! I came across some Star tatting thread in an antique/collectible store. I would fill my shuttle and tat as many crosses as I could get out of the shuttle. Since the thread was hard to find, I didn't want to waste the little bit on the shuttle. So, I started making up little motifs and bobbles from the small amount of string. We have a little 18" Christmas tree, so these little decorations were perfect.
My second book is "Baubles & Motifs II". It consists of 8 baubles and 9 motifs can be made from the same patterns. The bauble patterns are: White Rose Bauble, White Picot Rose Bauble, Small Flower Bauble (two versions), Frilly Bauble, 7-Damsels, Icy Bauble, and Tulip Bauble.
The next book I'm currently working on has three tatting shuttle cases and two old fashioned purses (metal-framed with a chain for the handle).
Well, back to tatting. I just finished the other, matching boarder and need to finish a doily for my great aunt.
My books are on Face Book: West Pine Creations