Sunday 19 December 2010

STARTING SOON in January 2011

Starting in January there will be a brand new Tat It And See (TIAS).

The date is yet to be fixed but it should be roughly the middle of the month.  I'm nearly ready now but I thought I'd wait until everybody is back from their Christmas holidays.

Depending on the interest this may be the first of the year or the first AND last!!!!

Thursday 25 February 2010

Late but hopefully NOT last!

I must say I'm extremely pleased to see Rosemary from AUSTRALIA's Norman. 

This guy almost didn't get finished as Rosemary managed to roll her car and completely destroy it.  Thankfully she survived but has taken time out to recover.  SO pleased to see you back to tatting, Rosemary.

This is her Norman and what she says:-
"Thank you for thinking up this wonderful TIAS idea.  I really did enjoy participating in it and I feel very confident in doing split rings as a result.  I would love to do another TIAS but next time without the interruption of a single vehicle rollover accident  :)"

Saturday 20 February 2010

Another family arrives

There is still room in the coup for more roosters and families. 

Today Caroline's arrived and she says:-
"Sorry I am so late with this but my life is changing a great deal.  I have my 12 year old granddaughter with me and that takes extra time.  The little yellow chick in the picture is in memory of the original Fluffy years ago that I wrote about earlier."

Another arrival today and this time it's from Barbara who says:-
"Here is my Norman!!! He is not the best but, I love him. He was so patient as he waited for his tail to be attached ;) Now I just need to get his little family done."
A third rooster (and wife) has arrived today - this time from Elfriede in Germany.  She says:-
"I live in Esslingen near Stuttgart. After two years I started tatting.  I tried to make the TIAS. It was rather difficult for me, becaus I can a littel bit englisch. It was very nice to follow the TIAS.  I send you a scan of my roosters and henn.  Thank you for the very clear description.   Thanks Jane for this TIAS I always enjoy it.  And it is a lot of fun."

Sunday 14 February 2010

Norman and his family

Today another Norman strolled into the coup - along with his wife and children!!!!

This is from Sharon who says:-
"Here is Norman and Aileen and her chicks.  Had it done for quite a while, just didn't have time to send it to you. Had a lot of snow this winter. With more today and more coming tonight and tomorrow"

Wednesday 10 February 2010


Another rooster strolled in this evening after a long walk.

This one is from Betty in THE NETHERLANDS.  This is what Betty has to say:-
"It was very nice to follow the TIAS.  I send you a photo of my rooster.  Thank you for the very clear description and translation of the tatting.

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Monday evening

Late this evening I received this rooster from Roelien in THE NETHERLANDS.  This is what she says:-
"I am Roelien Moesker from the Netherlands. I live in the northern part of the Netherlands, Groningen. After 45 years I started tatting  again in april last year. I became a member of the frivolit√©kring in our country. I tried to make the tias. It was rather difficult for me, but with help of my friend Ankie I finished it. I hope you like  my rooster.
I like tatting."

Sunday 7 February 2010

Sunday's Normans!

The first rooster I have in today is from Hann in HOLLAND or THE NETHERLANDS.  
Riet forwarded this onto me with a very interesting piece which I'm sure she won't mind me sharing.  I've always wondered why sometimes people said Holland and sometimes said The Netherlands.  This has caused me to look up this link too.  Thank you Haan and thank you, Riet.
"I found this morning the roosters of Coby in mine e-mail box. She tatted 3 roosters.
Coby lives in Uitgeest and she can say I live in Holland. Uitgeest  is a place in the Province Noord-Holland.  Lots of Dutch people say I live in Holland but that is not the name for the country The name for the country is Netherlands. Just to let you know, there is more than Holland in the Netherlands."

Saturday 6 February 2010


First (and I hope not the last!!) in today is from Liz in AUSTRALIA who says:-
"Hi Jane.  I finished the Rooster and whilst it’s not as flash as the other ones, I’m still quite pleased with it."

Next fluttering into the coup is from Sonja in THE NETHERLANDS who says:-
"here are my rooster, hen and 2 chickens.  We eated 2 eggs before they were a chicken, only 2 eggs changed in chickens   Glimlach Emoticon

Friday 5 February 2010

Another TGIF

Even though I don't work anymore and most days are the same (ish!) I still love Friday!!!  Good excuse for a glass of red wine in the evening!!! 

I digress.  This morning we have a rooster from Sandy in AMERICA.  She says:-
"The real reason I’ve been so industrious is because I broke my foot and the silver lining to that is lots of time to tat!!!  A friend recommended your TIAS so I am submitting my Pacific Northwest Norman and his friend Nils to the coup.  An order of thread is on the way so that I can tat the whole family in more “chickenish” colors."

SO sorry to hear about your foot, Sandy but thankful it wasn't a hand you broke or your TIAS may never have got finished!!!

May I present more fun from Katie V who sends in two pairs of chickens!!!  Just LOVE your colours, Katie.

Thursday 4 February 2010

A lonesome rooster on Thursday!

One poor lonesome rooster has staggered in late this Thursday evening.  

He's from Marty in AMERICA and I think he's a handsome chap.  Here's what she says:-
"Finished! What fun -- and he doesn't look like an alien at all, just a White Japanese Bantam Rooster that got sprayed with paint.  He's here with his painted chicken coop in the outlands of Utah, USA."

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Wednesday and more!

First in today is from Bev (the ridgewoman) in AMERICA who says:-

"This rooster is on the ridge, calling for all his brothers to join in the TIAS.

I included the 'brown' rooster that has his tail on the wrong side, just so you can see how well I followed your directions.
I have a white one with a story, waiting in the wings (so to speak   LOL)."

This afternoon we have Carol from AMERICA first in and she's been 'playing' with the bridegroom pattern on my site again!!!  You'll see him 'transformed' into a scarecrow lower down!!!  Here's a link to her blog and this is what she says:-
"I had so much fun tatting Norman and family.  Thank you for the fun and such a great patterns.  I also hope you don't mind me tweaking your Bridegroom for my amusement.  LOL, this pattern  just has so many possibilities.  I also should have mentioned that I used the clowns hat for the scarecrow."

News has just come in from Arlene in AMERICA that there's another rooster on her blog here.  I kidnapped him so you could see him here too.

Tuesday 2 February 2010


Before I announce the first rooster in today I'd like to point out that as there's no sign of a fox the chicken coup will be kept open indefinitely for as many Normans as we can fit in.  It's a VERY large coup!!!!!!

First today is from Ann in AMERICA who got me puzzled for a while.  I did work it out, Ann.  Begins with a T and ends in an S!!!!  Here's the puzzle:-
"Took a while, but I FINALLY finished my Norman!  Thank you so much for hosting this TIAS.  I LOVED doing it and learned SO much!  Any guesses on where this Norman resides?"

Next in is Pamela's brood from IRELAND and she says this:-
"Norman is Finished......finally, here he is, he was soon overtaken by SuperNorman.....Norman on steroids!! Both tatted in size 20, Floretta and Red heart...what a difference. Look what happened when Norman met Super Norman!"

Monday 1 February 2010


Just one rooster in today and I think it's from Bep.  

I know it's flown all the way from THE NETHERLANDS because this is what the owner says:-
"Thanks for the very nice Tias I like it very much.  Here the result from a Dutch tatter."

The next rooster in is from Lynne who lives in WALES.  She says:-
"He's great, you are clever, we were convinced it was a hot-air ballon and the tail was the basket.I did wonder about the long picots but thought they would somehow be the ropes and the bead was the fire!!!! An interesting pattern and I love Norman!

Next in is from Cynthia in AMERICA who says:-
"Hi Jane here is a scan of my rooster.  I haven't gotten the ends clipped yet and worked in.  Please don't look too close as I made some mistakes and didn't fix them as I was way past where they are before I noticed them."

Sunday 31 January 2010


Thankfully more Normans are still wandering into the coup.

The first one today was 'kidnapped' off Jeff's blog which is well worth a visit.  Here's the link.  There's a lovely tribute there to Mary Konior too.  Here's his rooster - a handsome beast all the way from CANADA.

Next rooster is from Doris in ENGLAND who says:-
"Jane, here is a left handed rooster I have compleated, great fun. still having problems with the computer. best wishes .  Doris R (Notts)"
Now we have a rooster from Jane in ENGLAND who says:-
"Well I finished but not sure he looks like he’s ‘sposed to I think I got things a bit twisted.  Anyway here he is in all his glory.  Thanks for the fun and looking forward to more in the future."

Saturday 30 January 2010

Saturday morning

Saturday morning and things have slowed down.  
All roosters are welcome whenever they get finished!!!!  
There'll be room in the coup for all!!!

First in today is from Vanessa who says:-
"Thanks for organising this TIAS, it was really fun.  Attached is my version, Max.  

It was really interesting to look at everyone else's TIAS to see the same product in a variety of threads."

The next rooster comes from Manie in THE NETHERLANDS.  This was forwarded on from Riet who gives this information about Manie's part of the country:-
"Good morning , here is the Rooster of Manie. She lives in Rijswijk a small village in the Betuwe. This is a piece of our country between the big rivers and it is a very famous place, because in the spring there are all over that country fruit-trees blooming It is a very nice environment to visit in the spring.

You know what is so wonderful during a TIAS a lot of tatters are not only learning new techniques in tatting, but also making scans and e-mail them and so on.  Is there still room enough in your henhouse, because they are coming in with dozens, are they making a lot of noise or are they quiet. Take care the neighbors will not complain about the noise. In my neighborhood they don’t want henhouses."
Next in is from Linda in AMERICA (New Mexico) and she says:-
"Thank you Jane Eborall for the January TIAS.  The neck area became twisted but I forgot to change threads for the beak and didn't add a big bead. The rooster has 2 eyeballs.."All the better to see with"! I added some orange thread to the beak. Jane did a great job explaining every step including pictures of "how to".   Fun Project during the winter snow!"

Now we have Wendy's rooster all the way from ENGLAND!!!!  She says:-
"Here is is finished.  Thanks for doing it all, I can imagine how much work it takes to organise a TIAS.  They are great fun though and I am sure greatly appreciated by us all." 

From a 'bit' further away comes the rooster from Maria in MEXICO.  Maria says:-
"Dear Jane it has been a pleasure tatt with you this nice I send you my mexican vertion of NORMAN.....I hope you like it... and please don´t stop......I know you are one of the great moden tatters at this time.
A big, big hug!
Maria Alcantara. Mexico"

Friday 29 January 2010

Friday's parade starts HERE!

First in on this gloomy Friday morning here in the UK is Sandra from AMERICA'S Norman.  

Next in is also from AMERICA and Mary who says:-
"Here is my Norman the proud rooster of the barnyard.  I cannot wait to finish Norman's family."

Also in from AMERICA is Kelly's rooster.  She says:-
"I did get my TIAS done!!!!!! This is my first chance to e-mail his picture to you. I really enjoyed doing this. It was my first! I think he turned out pretty good if I may say so.  Thanks again for doing this. Sign me up for the next one. LOL"

Next in is from Heather who doesn't say where she's from!!  So here's what she has to say:-
"ta da, got it done :)  heather"

Now we have Denise from AMERICA who says:-
" got a little behind because I decided I wanted to do a second one. I tried to do the second one front/back side, but got a little confused so part of it reverted to traditional tatting. But they are both fantastic.  Thank you so much for this game! I had lots of fun and can't wait until you do another one.
--Denise & her two roosters from Central Texas"

Next in is from Karen F in AMERICA who says this:-
"My Norman hails from Bend, Oregon, USA and says “REAL MEN WEAR PINK.”   This was a very good TIAS and I learned it is o.k. to tat over two tails at once.  Also it’s my first time for a weaver’s knot to start the new thread.  Your pattern was easy to understand and enjoyable and taught me a few new things.  Next time he’ll look better."

Last in before I have my shower and start the day is from Terri in AMERICA.  Here's what she has to say:-
"I would like to introduce you to Norman from California, USA. He's been very excited to meet you and has been looking forward to this day. I, on the other hand, have been dreading this day as it means the end of a very fun, enlightening challenge.

 Really, though, it was a blast to do and I learned a couple of new things along the way thanks to your wonderful extra instructions.  I hope we're able to do this again soon."

Just found Karen's rooster in my spam folder.  What WAS he doing there?  Karen's comes from AMERICA and here's what she says:-
"I have been following the fun with the rooster.  Am attaching my final product.  It helped fill in the time during some cold days in Belton, Texas."
Next one in is from Tine in THE NETHERLANDS.  She says:-
"This is mine Cock.  His wife and the kids are verry nice."

I'm getting a bit worried about Geraldine!!!  I think she's got the chicken pox!!!  Look what she's sent in NOW!!!!
"I have so enjoyed this tias this was a first for me,please include me in the next. what wonderful and colour ful cockrals we have around the world. let me introduce you to the family norman, the wife aileen and the chicks, barry, burt, and matilda they hatched this morning and already running round the farm to every one, keep tatting, Geraldine."

Next into the farmyard is from Jennifer in WALES.  She says:-
"Picture of my rooster, at last."
From yet another part of the world comes Alba who lives in MEXICO.  She says:-
"Thank you so very much for sharing this game. I enjoyed it very much and I think a lot of persons from all over enjoyed it too. With a little, plus another little, and another little imagination, mine finally looks like a rooster, well at least to me...
Thanks again and a big Ki ki ri ki from Mexico to all the beautiful and colorful roosters around the world."

Next we have IsDihara who lives in AMERICA.  She says:-
"Well, I had to take a break for a few days but got Norman all finished up on Thursday, January 28th.  Can you believe this is the first animal I have ever made? I learned to tat in 1980. So believe you me, Norman, has a right to crow about his number one status!  He's quite the handsome banty."
We have taken to calling Norman "Chicken Boo," since my preschooler said he looked like the cartoon chicken of the same name. Here is a link to an image of Chicken Boo at Renegade Chickens web site (what fun!):
 And of course, here is a link to my tatting blog, where a post is waiting to go live at 3:00 a.m. EST (I'm guessing around 8 or 9 o'clock in the morning, your time.) Saturday morning.
T.I.A.S. Day 11 -- Finished!

Next is from Carla in THE NETHERLANDS who says this:-
"From Amersfoort in the Netherlands is here my rooster. It was a great fun to make it. Now i am doing the rest of the family. When it is ready i will send you a picture. Thank you for this very nice family.  I hope this was not the last TIAS."