Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Isn't this cute?  I made this from a vintage pattern I bought on Etsy.  My mom collects teacups, and I thought a cup and saucer set for Mother's Day, tatted by Yours Truly, great gift, right?
It's absolutely darling!  The pattern describes it as "A dainty little cup and saucer to use for favors or as a little something for a shut-in friend."

Notice something I didn't notice?  The repetition of the word "little" is a bit of a clue.  

If you're having a tea party with Barbies, this is the teacup for you.  That's right--those are normal sized shuttles and a soap dish-sized container and your normal tomato pincushion.  

GRAH!  It's cute, but it's not what I had in mind.  At all.  *snort*  I am having a bit of a think and *may* incorporate some Cluny leaves to make it a bit bigger.  I tried them extensively a few weeks ago when Georgia Seitz' online tatting chat/class was working on them, and they are HARD.  But Clunies popped right into my head when I was having my Winnie the Pooh *think* about this cup.  

Mum says, "Is that my Mother's Day present?"  No, Mum, it's the prototype.  Bah.  Sooo irritated.

Still, I'm counting this on my 25 motif challenge and when I rework it, I can count the new one as another motif.
Here's the Ann Orr, finished.  -->
The Anne Orr motif on the left shows the color more accurately.  I am counting this as number 9 and the teacup as number 10 in the challenge.  I have more items to post, but my rant about the cup will have to suffice for today.  :D


  1. Very cute 'little' tea cup :-) It's made very much like I make holders for thimbles, but I never thought to widen the rim and add a handle. What size thread did you use?

  2. It is size 10. And it is just bigger than a thimble. I thought of that when it was finished! :D

  3. What an original present. It's beautiful.

  4. Thank you, Lilas. Maybe I will give it as-is. I do not seem to be brilliant enough to modify the pattern.

  5. Love the tiny teacup!!! :)
    And your rose motif is so beautiful!!! :)

  6. Thank you, Sue. I am still hopeful I can redesign the teacup just a bit so I can bump it up to a doll size or a demitasse size. I knew it wouldn't be as big as a regular cup, but this was much smaller than expected!!!!!!

  7. Lovely tiny tea cup, in a lovely colour, hope your mum loves it on Mother's Day
    Lovely motif, great colours

  8. Thanks, Margaret! It makes me so happy to have you all stop by and look at my work.

  9. the teacup is absolutely cute!

  10. Oh my goodness this is so cute. I want to make a tea set for my daughter. I have collected some tea sets and I even have an antique one for her this would be a delightful addition.