Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Tat It And See 2021

I thought it might be a good idea to post the introduction to the TIAS here and also as a link on the sidebar - just to get you used to where to find the links!!!  The picture is the result of the first ever TIAS which happened in 2008 (I think!).


Welcome to this year's TIAS 2021 game.  I’m back with another game for 2021.

To those of you who have played before – welcome back.  To those of you who are new to this game – it's good to see you, welcome to the fun.

The game is a brand new pattern that I have split up into small bite sized pieces and give out every few days.  This allows you to complete each part wherever you are in the world and whether you're working, retired or coping with young children!!  There will only be a few elements of the pattern to work each time and you can always leave it to do whenever you like.  Oh, the fun part is that you don't know what you're making!!!  Nearly forgot to tell you that.  That’s why it’s called ‘The Tat It And See’ (TIAS).  As usual there is no sign up required to take part and I don't keep a record of how many people take part except by numbering the final pictures on the last part.  This year I’ve added a few suggestions for techniques which may be useful.  These are just suggestions, though, and not compulsory.

To make this game more interesting I ask you to send in comments, pictures of work in progress and anything else you can think of during the game.  Guesses are always welcome too.  This is not 'compulsory' but really adds to the enjoyment for everyone!  I will add pictures and comments to the Tat It And See blog which is here.  Any private comments will be kept out of the blog but please let me know if there is something you don't want published!!!  Anonymity is respected if that is what you wish.  In that case then please just send me your 'made up' name with each picture and comment.  You are also welcome to send in links to blogs if you wish people to visit your TIAS there but you'll have to let me know when you've posted so I can add the link to the TIAS blog!  

If you post to Facebook then please bear in mind that I probably won’t pick up on your post so please send to me as well.  Not everybody is on Facebook or visits it very often.  My email address is  

I use Google translate for any pieces in other languages (welcome back to the Hungarian and Polish tatters from the last TIAS) so please bear with me if they don’t ‘quite’ make sense!!! 

Anybody who can manage the basic ring, chain and split rings should be able to complete this pattern which will be written in my usual style of text and diagrams - see examples on my website here.

I will be available to give help at all times – except during sleeping hours.

For this year's TIAS you will need two balls of size 20 thread (a darker one and a lighter one), 2 shuttles and 3 of size 10 or 11 seed beads.  To check the size of your beads you can add them to a thread and measure them.  When you have 11 beads to an inch of thread then you have a size 11 bead - similar with size 10! 

To start day 1 you will need two shuttles.  Shuttle 1 will have 5 yards of thread and shuttle 2 will have 3½ yards.

There will be three parts to this TIAS and quantities for the other parts will be given later.

Happy TIAS to all!!  

Let the fun begin – starting date will be Tuesday 12th January 2021.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

October 7th arrival

What a surprise. This actually came in on Friday but it's taken me until today to get it up and running - whoops, I mean swimming. This came from Stephanie who says:

118. "Apparently she’s a very slow swimmer. She was finished the week the last ‘instalment’ of the 2018 TIAS was released, but between needing to see the hairdresser, then swimming the width of that rather large pond to get to you, it took her a while. 
The mermaid is tatted with Lizbeth 20 (Girly Girl, I think was the color name). Hair is a thin metallic made by Superior Threads. I used more than 1 strand of metallic per picot, since it is such a thin thread compared to size 20 Lizbeth cotton. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Monday August 27th

I'm very, very pleased to give you this link to Axa's blog post about her finished mermaid. This will be number 117 as you can see. This is the translation to her post.

117. "This year, I started a little late this challenge, but he is not left out. :) sample vessel made of lace technique Jane Eborall plans every year and makes up the steps of the sample blog just next instalment. Thanks for that, again this year. 

While together with us busy completed in several parts of the world, trying to figure out just what it is. Mostly he used to be a nice figure, and in most cases we can be sure it is the last step with what we started to prepare. 

Everyone can send the current portion of Jane, who places it on the blog so you can track where you are from, what they think, what will be the sample, and most of what people can just play with us."

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April 3rd

Well between us - Martha forgetting an attachment and me not noticing when she had we've finally got her mermaid into the TIAS blog!!!
115. "Oops, I kept forgetting about the mermaid."

Next to arrive is Grace.  Somehow I didn't get her earlier messages but thankfully she realised and has sent them in now.  She's sent days 13, 14 and 15.

Monday, 2 April 2018

April 2nd

Today I'm pleased to welcome Claire's mermaid along with this comment from her:

113. "Hello Jane and fellow tatters, 
I am sad to see the end of this TIAS, and I tried to make it last as long as possible but here is my finished mermaid. 
I forgot to take a picture of my day 14, so here is only one picture of the finished TIAS, and the corresponding blog post:
My mermaid was made using Lizbeth thread in size 20, in the colorway « Autumn Apple Pie » (#169). 
A big thank you to Jane for creating another great pattern, and sharing it as a fun game every year. It was great to see tatters from all over the world participating to the game, and creating so many beautiful little mermaids. 
Happy International Tatting Day to all."

Well here's another lovely surprise. This mermaid has come from Sandra who has this to say:
114. "Dear Jane, after many things hitting the fan here, I have finally been able to spend some time tatting and finish on April Fool’s Day (in the US, at least) – go figure! I’m so happy to have your precious mermaid, even though I thought for sure it might be a centipede, a pin the tail on the donkey game, or an ant eater, or a fox sawing logs –whew!! I do believe she is on her way to a party."

Friday, 23 March 2018

March 23rd

Well a lovely surprise yet again. This time the mermaid comes from Brenda in Canada and this is what she says:

112. "Dear Jane,
This mermaid was created by a group of friends. Thanks to Fran for the photo, Suzanne for mounting the mermaid on blue material and framing it, Barbara for the yellow perle cotton and especially to you for the T.I.A.S. pattern. I just did the tatting. It was a wonderful project for our craft group.
Thank you,
Brenda (Ontario, Canada)"

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March 15th

Another day, another mermaid or two or three!!! 

Today I have Phyllis's mermaid which has just arrived. She says:
112. "Well my mermaid took the long way to you as it has been swimming across the pond. Thanks for another wonderful TIAS this year. Perhaps BC3 will change its mind and do another next year. Phyllis in GA USA"

Next to arrive is a merman!!! This is from Isdihara who sent in two messages!!! What a hoot:
113. "This is my first TIAS a Merman. I think his name must be Herman the Merman since Google keeps autocorrecting my typing, LOL."
Her second message is:
"OMG, now it must be Herman the German Merman-- you must be SO confused! So many autocorrecting. Go home, Google, you're drunk!"
Ummm, that's worrying a drunken google!!!

Back overnight is Isdihara again with the following two pictures and this comment:
"My very purple mermaid #1 is finished. She has big, brown eyes and her name is Serena. She is friends with Herman.
Serena is tatted with Lizbeth 20 #165 Grape Splash. Strands of Elderberry Jam #177, Lilac Medium #642 and a variegated brown sewing thread make up her hair.
Karen/IsDihara from Woodbridge, VA, USA"