Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tatted Lace Handkerchief: my first HDT project!
I have been wanting to tat up a handkerchief for the longest time. I have always found them interesting. Not only can they be aesthetic, but the handkerchief has a history too:
"There was the system of signs to express this or that wish, and one of the elements of this system was a handkerchief."
The plan recently came together when I got this dainty powder blue handkerchief from Snowgoose at this year's lace day and decided a tatted edging would be the perfect fit for using my stashed HDT (Hand-dyed thread), which I ordered from LadyShuttleMaker.
This is the most luxurious thread I have ever worked with. The size 20 silk just glided when I went to close rings and make chains. There is definitely a difference between using silk and mercerized cotton. I can understand why hdt is so addictive now!
Best of all the 9.5 in. x 9.5 in handkerchief used all 40 yds of my hdt. I ended up with about 6 inches of spare thread!
Used a whipstitch to attach the edging. The spoke edges on the handkerchief helped keep spacing even. Can't wait to get more of these handkerchiefs in different colors and of course more silk hdt!