24 December 2017

Hearts and baskets

This year (in my mind) a very interesting new book of tatting patterns were published. In Danish it is called "Julehjerter i orkis" and it is by Lene Bjørn and containing 24 different tatted hearts.

Those baskets shaped as a heart is a traditional Danish Christmas ornament done in a special sort of paper and are first of all used on the Christmas tree but can also be found hanging in windows and lots of other places.

I managed to do a few of them for the display at the library. I think it must be one of the first examples of Danish Design. The eldest preserved heart is yellow and green and was done by the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1862 but without a handle so probably not meant for the tree. And it is unknown if he invented it.
Later it got on the tree and in our national colours red and white - but it can be done in almost any colours though.
Merry Christmas to those who are reading this.