The online tatting class is working on some Jane Ebborall beaded patterns this week. I'm not sure if I want to try yet, but Wally posted her flower on her blog and I'm finding myself tempted. I need to go over the pattern again and see if I need to pre string the beads at all, I really would hate that part. I'd rather add them as I go along I think. And, I have tons of beads, and it would be a big mess to take them out......and the draw tatting has for me is that it's usually a very portable, easy to pick up and put down type craft. I just don't know. Maybe when I get some new thread colors. I have to wait until the end of the month to put in an order, I want to get Mary Konior's book "tatting with visual patterns", and I want a few more of the sew mate shuttles. I also think I'll try some of the new Lizbeth thread that HH is getting in this month. But, we are trying to save money and I'm putting myself on a spending freeze for a few weeks. I also need to be sure that I follow through with tatting, I tend to be a flavor of the month crafter, sometimes I lose interest in things so I want to be sure I'll keep going before I invest in more books and thread. The 25 motif challenge is keeping me motivated, as well as the class.....in fact, I found out that Mimi from class is in Snohomish, and that there is a lace guild that meets nearby! They do mostly bobbin lace, but she says there is a small group of tatters there too. I might go check it out some time, my daughter's birthday party is the same time as their next meeting, so it might be march before I get the chance. Happy tatting to you all, I'm off to study that beaded pattern. Must decide my next motif! I really want to do the Quantiesque snowflake, but in pretty colors........again waiting till I get more new thread :-)
February 3, 2009
Here is my latest bit of tatting. It's a little fluffier than I thought it would be---you can't tell while it's flattened under the lid of the scanner (needs blocking too. I must admit my first stop with any new tatting is the scanner, I'm too impatient to get it all wet before posting a picture!). It is called Blooming Trellis by Eliz Davis, size 20 flora. I'm not really thrilled by the colors, but it's what I have on hand. I used several new techniques on this one, and that was really exciting for me. Split rings on the red part, I've done them one at a time but this was an excellent opportunity to develop a rhythm in doing them. The yellow round has Scmr's all over it and it's the first time I've done those in mass quantity as well.