February 27, 2009
So, thanks a bunch to Debi, Bina, and Erin! Turns out that Bina is north of me, too far away for a casual visit, but close enough for a possible meet up sometime. This was way too fun, having little surprise envelopes show up in the mail. I hope we get to do it again sometime.
February 25, 2009
WIP 1. Iris Niebach Doiley from "Tatted Doileys". It's slow going on this one because I keep not paying attention to the diagram properly :-) The diagram is like a slice of pie, and the stitch count numbers are on the edge of the "slice" and I keep forgetting to do all the joins that should be there. I don't tat with the tot around anymore though........although she forced me to become adept at opening closed rings.......
WIP 2. Iris' TIAS. My handy hands order came yesterday! So I had thread to start the TIAS finally. The bummer is that I ordered some specific thread I wanted to use doing the one of the projects from the book "Tatting with Visual Patterns" that I had also ordered, but the book is on backorder, and I got the cotton hanky for Baby's bonnet, but the thread I ordered for that is backordered too.....so all my planned projects are waiting for now.
WIP 3. A take on one of the lessons from the online tatting class this week. I'm doing a small motif from one of the Boucher pages, turning it into a medallion on my own, and it's taken me a few tries. the second round got whacked off last night, and I'm not really 100 percent happy with how it is now, but I'm going to finish it anyway because I need to finish something!
That accounts for all of my shuttles at this time, and now that kiddo is napping and hubby is watching TV and the dishes are done and I'm just waiting for the dryer to beep............... I might go do some tatting YAY! After devotions I think.... Been real bad about that lately. God time first, then tatting.
February 20, 2009
- This is a fabulous little motif! Thanks to Jon for the pattern
- Tatted with a new ball of Altin Basak, which is a much better color in person, I don't know why my scanner won't show the rich teal that it really is! It's my first try with this brand of thread, and it's so soft compared to my normal Flora! It feels fine and delicate.
- It ended up about 2 1/2 inches done in the thread which I believe is US equivalent to about a 30.......
- The Purple People Eater now sits in my driveway (insert horror movie music here)
- This is number 17 for the 25 motif challenge.
February 19, 2009
Alas my dearest little munchkin will be turning two years old next week. I don't like to call them the "terrible two's", to me that's just excusing bad behavior. But- toddlers should come with a label that reads something like this:
Warning: Do not attempt to tat in the general proximity of this child, even if it is your intention to teach said child that the world does not revolve around her. Such activity will result in Retro-tatting a whole hours worth of tiny rings, and various amounts of chain work. Symptoms such as inaccurate joins, missed stitches, and inconsistent tension may occur.
Edited to include this update:
Don't try tatting by the bathtub either. Brilliant idea, right? She will be busily playing with her toys in her three inches of water, too busy to notice I'm accomplinshing anything!
Yeah, right. I think she poo-poo'd in the tub just to spite me.
February 18, 2009
Here is the latest tatting kids! Click on the picture to find the pattern, it is Icela's Square Motif from her blog. Done in size 20 flora, it measures 3x3". Number 16 for my challenge.
Other than that, nothing much of interest to post unfortuanately. I have a WIP going that will probably take me a while to finish because I'm being super perfectionistic about the joins and the frontside/backside. It's from Iris Niebach's Tatted Doilies, one of the only patterns in the book that calls for oen shuttle and ball, and it is probably one of the simplest ones, but I really want to be able to work from her diagrams! Again for some reason I end up going in what seems to be the opposite direction somehow. Who knows. But It's going along nicely now after three re-starts!
February 17, 2009
I have no tatting to show today. I made several attempts at starting a project that we are working on in the online class, and it's just eating me and my thread for dinner! It's called Knot Garden, you can check it out on the class website. The pattern is just all over the place for me, and I can't seem to get it started heading in the right direction....I keep wanting to try it again but I think I'll wait because Georgia said there might be some diagrams being put together to help. Until then I keep peeking in to see if anyone has sent in pictures of successes :-) I hope I'm not the only one in a tangle.........that's awful of me, I know!
February 16, 2009
It's worked in two rounds, the outer part first and then the inner bit to join the overlapping chains. I had to take some time with the pattern, the copy is so old some of the numbers are hard to read so I wrote it out to be easier to understand and was pretty happy with the result.
Anyway, I'm off to class!
UPDATE: the motif is from the book -LaCroix, Sophie T. Old and New Designs in Tatting, Book No. 11. and can be found by following the link on the right side of this blog to the Antique Pattern Library. Click on "catalog" and you will see it alphabetically under LaCroix.
February 14, 2009
I'm feeling all sentimental and lovey! Hubby kicked me out of the house today while he was doing a valentine's surprise, I came home to find that he had done a hand and footprint painting with my little daughter as a valentine's gift. It's so cute and special, and much mor nutritious than chocolate :-) I just love gifts that take thought and time. So, when I sat down to tat I couldn't think of anything better for motif #14, on the 14th of February! The design, Small tattted heart is by Betsy Evans. I missplaced a join in the beginning, so I just did the same thing on the other side to make it even. And there is a mistake in the pattern near the end about how many picots there are on one of the rings near the bottom clover, so keep an eye on the diagram if you work it. The ends are present so it can be hung. I do have a friend that I think might enjoy it, so this piece might escape the endless box of tatting bits that don't see daylight.
I also came up with a few things to add to the learning as I go list- I got an email from Georgia this morning about a broken link fixed on the Class website, and it was about doing a "down" join. It made mention about it being useful for frontside/backside working, and that it could be followed by a half double stitch or whatever depending on preference. So, when I sat down with this heart I had that in mind. And Voila! wouldn't you know that if you do a down join, followed by a snug second half of DS, it's almost invisible! And as far as wrongside, you do an up join followed by the first half of a double stitch. I'm so excited about this! I'm also sure I read it somewhere before, but it never clicked.
February 12, 2009
The pattern (Mardi-gras) belongs to Patti Dowden, who shared it on etatters. I did this one to work on my SSSR's. I learned how to do an sssr with that little Micro-dragon that has been flying all over the web, and I just love how the rings are smoothly transitioned in the color. Flora size 20. This color makes me feel cheery.
February 11, 2009
February 10, 2009
I must say it wasn't as scary as it seemed, the pattern is from etatters, and I substituted the outer rings for scmr's 'cause it made sense to me after doing the first one. Now I see the draw toward smaller threads, the work seems so fine and delicate, feels nice in the hand. Measuring in at and inch and a half, if I could stiffen it well it would make a cute pair of earrings. The guitar pick was the only thing handy for size comparison. I do need to experiment with hiding ends in the small thread, if you have suggestions please do share! I guess I'll try for magic threads, it just seems so small to weave ends in and I don't have that small of needle handy.
In other news, I have been wanting to make something for the new baby, something I knew I'd finish before she is born :-) So I shelved the idea of booties. I did come across the plans for a hanky bonnet though! So I've added to the list of things to put on my next Handy Hands order. The list is growing, and my craft income has dwindled. I get a little spending money from watching a little boy an hour a day during the week, but his mom has been home from work all this week and last, so no tatting dollars yet. I do paid surveys online too but I haven't gotten one of those in weeks. Maybe I'll try a lemonade stand or something. I will need new thread to soften the blow if we end up buying the purple minivan from our church. It's probably a smart move, our oldest car is on it's last leg, and we'll need more room once we move another carseat in to my vehicle. But..................a minivan? I'm TOO YOUNG for a minivan! Let alone a PURPLE minivan.... here comes the stigma. I'm sure I'll never hear the end of it from my husband. I'll be doing my old lady crafting in my old lady minivan.........
No offense to old lady tatters in purple minivans intended.
I tried to finish off that doiley last night only to find that by the time hubby got home at midnight I had done three joins wrong on the last motif and it had to be cut out to start agian. It's really a simple piece I swear, this is my first go at something without directions........I guess I just can't navigate myself at that hour of night. So, I think I shall let that one rest a few days and try something else. Then we can reconcile perhaps and somehow come up with a daylight hour to tat. (Hhahhahahahahaaaaaaa who am I kidding :-) My only saving grace with this one is that it is done in pieces and I don't have to destroy the whole thing.
February 9, 2009
February 5, 2009
February 4, 2009
Anyway, this is obviously Jon's Quantiesque. I feel mostly successful, however I did have trouble with right side/wrong side. I think I need to go through the pattern (which was very well explained and easy to follow by the way) with a highliter and mark all of the WS to work reverse stitches. I got going on round three and did the first chain in reverse, and then realized after completing a clover that If I would have just started it facing the other side I wouldn't have had to do anything reverse....(does that make sense? :-) So the clovers remain WS for this go at it. Other than that I need to remember to put a magic thread loop in the beginning, I'm so busy tatting over the beginning ends that I end up pulling both threads through the same spot or weaving one in. I guess what my tatting lacks is forethought and planning. I'm having a ball at it though. My personal goal is to finish my 25 for the challenge by May 1st. Our second baby is due May 19, but I went two weeks early with the last, so I'd like to finish because I just know I'll be way too distracted by the new little princess moving into our lives to even think about tatting once she is born. I'm still contemplating doing a pair of booties.........
Also found some size 80 ecru DMC that is taunting me from the thread box. I'm not sure what to try with it!
February 3, 2009
February 2, 2009
NO I'm not counting this toward the 25 motif challenge....... Only the successes!
For motif #6 I went back and tried again at an Iris Niebach pattern that she has available for free on her website. I had tried it on needle beefore, but I had done the second round wrong and I was having to add new thread every two inches around the edging so I gave up. I went at it again this time with shuttles, It's not blocked well yet, and I'm not happy with some of the thread hiding I did, and I did miss the stitch count in one spot but I'm not going to tell you where! I like the pattern a lot though, very quick to work up.
Today I went to my local Michaels to pick up some more crochet cotton, and to my surprise, they don't carry any. At all! None! They remodeled recently, and all they seem to have is scrapbooking and novelty yarn and some beads. I'm bummed. Probably won't go there any more. I guess it just gives me an excuse to put in another order at Handy Hands!