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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Teapots are topping!

This last bout of enthusiasm came about after I received a beautiful Christmas gift from my dear friend Martha Ess.....it was her brand spanking new design.....Celtic Button Teapot.
I had to have this pattern!
Fortunately is was to be published in Tatting Times the tatting periodical of Karey Solomon.
It was a good job that I am a subscriber. You should be too....this is a stunner.
My trial attempt was in Flora 20 in my special trial colour of burgundy with fawn, as the fawn matched some tiny buttons that I had in my stash. A super set of earthy toned buttons.
It's an easy pattern to tat once you get the hang of joining into the buttons.
the only problem that I had was where to join the last round to the inner sections.
Martha says the first join can be to any chain in round 1......but she wrote the pattern for a 4 hole center button and with a 2 hole one and  IT DID MATTER....well if you want the holes in the button to be horizontal...and I did....like Martha did for my gift.
So it was back to the drawing board to figure out exactly which chain I should join to. That done and I was away to buy more tiny buttons.....and even some really nice buttons for the center(s)!
I found that 4 hole buttons were hard to find.
Thought on this teapot were that I would prefer to get more definition with a dark outer round.
What do you think?
Baby pink tiny buttons(not my favourite...but I couldn't get buttons with umph...in a hurry!)
Center button is Mother of Pearl. Thread colours are from my ChocoRaspberry series....raspberry Sorbet and the darker Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse with a pale pink Flora 20 (I think)....oops no it's actually white!
This one has to be my favourite..it just sings!
Tiny matt chocolate buttons from my stash and a pretty red 4 hole button.
the threads used are my HDT's  Flame Lantana and Chocolate Sauce. 
My teapots are all in size 20 so far.
Just to show that I don't always get it right.....
this round had only 7 rings instead of 8!
 
This one was an alternative center...for another time!
Which do you prefer???
I think it fair to ask you not to try to work out the pattern for this teapot from my pictures. 
This is not the aim of this blog.
Martha put a lot of effort into designing this and her rights should be respected. Do go to the source of the pattern yourself.
One last teapot for today then I really must go and drink some to revive myself!!
Something different with pretty lilac buttons  and a gorgeous sparkly lilac center button. You really can't see how pretty it is.
Threads are my HDT Sweetshop with matching Parma Violet from the Sweetshop collection and a toning Flora for the outer round.
I will be back soon with more colour variations in this pattern...yes I did rather get carried away.....and even more tatted by my tat lassies....who drool over and buy...everything design that Martha produces.






16 comments:

  1. All of your teapots are lovely! I am especially drawn to the lavender one. I think I prefer the center with the button. However, I've never tatted with buttons, despite having several of Karey's patterns! I've let my newsletter subscription lapse, so I don't have this pattern. I'm thinking it's time to renew!

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  2. Thanks Diane, I can't honestly say that i am a fan of tatting with buttons but this one with the tiny buttons is so cute.

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  3. OOHH, I love all your button teapots. I really like the lilac and purple one, but I also like the one with Flame Lantana and Chocolate Sauce, it reminds me of M&M's colors. YUMMY!!

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  4. I am not a tea-pot person - probably because I am not wild about drinking the stuff!

    But these ... these are absolutely wonderful!

    Beautifully displayed in gorgeous colour combos. As usual! That fawn is particularly pretty.
    ♥ Fox : )

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  5. I loved the very first one! - with the deep pink centre. It's the centres which are the focal point in this pattern.
    It's always so inspiring to see everything in so many different colours - I don't often tat the same thing twice!

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  6. Hi Tatskool, The colours on the tatted teapot Martha gave you are really festive and cheerful. My fav would be the raspberry sorbet one with beads and light pink & MOP buttons. What a wonderful pattern by Martha and you did such a great job tatting them in the different colours.

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  7. All of your teapots are splendid! Couldn't possibly choose between the gorgeous color combos, even if I wanted to. Have daffodils started blooming in the dells?

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  8. Those are just the cutest teapots! The one in autumn colors looks like a chocolate candy corn.

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  9. oh I love the lowermost pot.Your tatting is exceptional also.
    Connie

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  11. So how does one subscribe to the newsletter? I tried an e-mail for Karey but it didn't seem to work.

    Love these!!!!!

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  12. Thanks all,you know that your comments are my inspiration in this mad journey through life! I love to know which ones you like best, that is my eternal question to everyone when i have done more than one....funny isn't it?
    Tattin'Kat you should have no problem contacting Karey by email. Can't give you her email addy but if you contact me with yours i will let her know that you are interested.

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  13. As always Martha did a great job in her designing. I don't know about finding those tiny buttons though. I like all of the teapots, but am drawn to your flame and chocolate one. I get the Tatting Times, I've got to go back and check it out :-)

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  14. Bonnie I love the chocolate one too, especially as i am now almost banned from chocolate.

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  15. "banned from chocolate" ... I hope that doesn't mean your not making chocolate sauce HDT any more.

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  16. Bonnie, not banned from making just from eating too much!

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