Sometimes you find something you are not expecting, the bookmark above was being made by an old lady of 85 sitting in the doorway of her house in Victoria the capital of Gozo. She explained that she had been making bobbin lace since she was a child, her mother taught her, she had a stoke a few years ago but she was still managing to make bookmarks, Her bobbin lace pillow was long and was balanced on her lap. She used a shiny thread unfortunately the photo does not show the shine of the thread, I brought one off her, she was selling them for 3 €, which is nothing the rate of the euro at the moment is £1.20 to the pound. It was a real joy watching her with the bobbins, I must get mine out one day.
Then I found this tatted mat in the hotel gift shop, no I did not make it, I found them on sale in the hotel gift shop. That is the first time I have ever found tatting on sale anywhere. this little mat cost me wait for 1 €, yes 1 €, that's less than a pound, I cant even make and sell a similar mat on my table for that. Its a little different in the way that it has a crochet round in the middle, picking up all the picots from the little middle circle.
I did look for some Maltese tatting while I there, but it seems its gone out of fashion, as I found none on Malta. I did ask on Gozo but the day we went it was a bank holiday and the only place that I was told had some was shut, just my luck.
Another post later in the week on Malta, until we meet again take care