One woman mad about craft!

Those who know me, know that I love community projects. I had heard about this a while ago http://anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/5000-poppies/ but couldn’t think how I would tat a poppy to contribute. Today I stumbled across a poppy pattern! http://www.cariad-tatting.co.uk/ if you are interested in seeing how far beyond “5000” poppies this has gotten, have a look at this blog http://5000poppies.wordpress.com/.

Barely a day after writing the above I found this in my inbox from Georgia’s online tatting class- they are having an event where people can tat these together I think… anyway- a Jon Youseff poppy pattern: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/ioli/2009/IOLI2009jonpoppy.pdf so we are getting spoiled for choice now!

Then the newsletter from the Victorian Tatting Guild arrived- also promoting this poppy project it really felt like the universe was promoting this project too. It’s very exciting, and I love being part of these sorts of projects – so am adding another project to my list. :)

So, I wonder if you will contribute to this project too?

As always, Happy Tatting

Fiona T

 

I am working on a second doily for my sister, using the Anchor no. 20 doily pattern. I have cut away a couple of rounds as I seem to get complacent in working it this time. When I was getting to the final rows I felt like it was taking forever! Now I know why… I think the last row in green was miscounted, leading to too many purple rings…and resulting in eight sides on this doily instead of six. Yep- it’s a tatting disaster! :)

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I hoped that blocking it may help, but it really hasn’t. So, now I need your advice please. Do I cut away to the purple row, and figure out the right count to keep this six sided? Do I cut away the green row too (as I was ‘clever’ and used continuous thread method and split chains to climb out of rows) ? Do I claim this as a frilly, one of a kind, eight sided doily, and start a new one for my sister, over again?
At any rate, I think I will put this aside for now and work on something from my new books. Looking forward to your advice.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

Book Review- New Tatting

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Last week I succumbed to peer pressure. The tatting folk on facebook were talking about some great books, recommending this one amongst others :) . I decided to buy this English Translation of the lovely Japanese book ‘New Tatting’ by Tomoko Morimoto. It arrived today and I spent some time this afternoon just pouring over the beautiful presentation, delicate designs and simple to follow diagrams. This book would be perfect for a beginner tatter, as it has clear photographs and worded instructions for learning the double stitch, right up to split rings and adding beads. Tomoko Morimoto’s attention to detail, for instance different types of joins and how to decide when to use them would be empowering for the beginning tatter- it definitely made the effects clearer to me.

Something else I like about this book is the voice that is used by the author, I felt like I was invited into her world of lace and design by reading this book. I think I would also love to visit Japan one day and see the Lace School in Tokyo ;)

Oh, I can’t wait any longer- I’m going to find some shuttles and try a new pattern!
Happy Tatting
Fiona T

My family is really excited about Minecraft. My son has been playing for a long time, mostly with my Husband. Recently we figured out the screen settings so that I could play without getting dizzy – and now I love it too. For those not familiar with this ‘game space’ it is kind of like digital lego- you can dig up resources and make your own everything :) For more information on adjusting settings in minecraft, see the apps for Aussie Kids blog.

On the recent school holidays my Son and I began to draw and plan some Minecraft inspired bookmarks that could be tatted (thanks to Julie Patterson for that idea- getting my son involved in my craft, and I in his minecraft, has been great). He also tried his hand at shuttle tatting- and can do the double stitch :) I have been working on tatting these bookmarks up and writing up the diagram for the pattern. At this stage I have only diagrammed the pattern- if there is enough interest I may write it up in notation too. Here is a link to the PDF version of the pattern diagram (The pictures and diagram will be much clearer on the PDF attached than the images here on the blog).  It is made using 2 shuttles wound CTM to make 25 x 8/8 split rings in blocks of 5 x5 rings.Minecraft Blocks Bookmarks – By One Mad Tatter and Diamond HikerMC ©2014 Diagonal Mincreft bookmark clean copyminecraft bookmark clean   Minecraft tatted bookmarkSo I hope you enjoy making these for any Minecrafters you know. I would love to see any blocks/bookmarks you create. Feel free to link them in the comments, on the Facebook page or in InTatters/Craftree.

As always, Happy tatting minecrafting :)

Fiona T

 

My sister liked the anchor doily I made for her birthday and I offered to make her another one. I am taking the opportunity to work through my rewrite of the pattern to check it works, and I think I will make one for myself next, in purple and lilac.

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I have also been following everyone’s progress on Renulek’s spring and summer napkins. Today I noticed she has shared a collar pattern that looks simple and elegant, so I emptied some shuttles to make a sample of it (in gold and purple). I am happy with it, and hope to make a collar soon to attach to a dress I want to embellish.
I wonder what tatting/crafting fun you have been having lately?
Happy tatting
Fiona T

One of the things that stumped me when I started to tat was how to make the very last join. For the first few times this would make me quite anxious, as I didn’t want to twist and lock the joins in the very last stitches. One of the things I still manage to do is to get so engrossed in the pattern that I forget to make the last few joins, and have to retro-tat, or cut away the last repeat and re-do it.

Today I was finishing a lovely vintage pattern from: Paragon Tatting book No 112, page 9: Occasional Doily. I have made this pattern in green before, and really like it’s simplicity and that it isn’t round. I thought I would use the opportunity to take some photos to help beginner tatters to conquer this final join more easily.

First, lay your work out and check the place where it should join.

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The pattern you will have to follow will deviate a little from the printed pattern, and you will need to think about how you will join the last rings and chains so you keep the pattern true. Here I am joining the second to last chain to the first ring (in the pattern the ring was made after this chain in every repeat). This closes off the free ‘end’ of the doily- keep an eye in where your threads are as they can end up getting tangled or knotted into the work as you tat. wpid-2014-06-21-11.56.17.jpg.jpeg

I usually end up working this part a bit awkwardly – it is tatting I wouldn’t attempt in public! Continue on with the second to last chain.

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Next I complete the final ring in the motif, and the join to the beginning of this motif makes the work that bit more awkward – you need to be careful you don’t twist the threads. Close this ring as normal.

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You may notice that the working threads are now on opposite sides of the work, and can see clearly in the picture below that the ‘free end’ of the doily edge is now closed in. The final chain needs to be made, and so some of the ball thread can be pulled through to make the chain and join as in the normal pattern.  wpid-2014-06-21-12.01.05.jpg.jpeg

Make the final chain, and if you have been careful the work will sit flat and the final chain join to the base of the first ring will be barely noticeable.

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Now, simply sew in the last ends (if you have used the magic thread technique this sewing may not be necessary) and block the finished doily :)

wpid-2014-06-21-12.04.56.jpg.jpegSo a few minutes of careful concentration will make sure the final join doesn’t destroy your doily :)  I suggest practicing on smaller things like bookmarks and motifs first.

As always Happy Tatting :)

Fiona T

 

 

 

I managed to ‘win’ this Mary Konior book in a recent ebay search. It isn’t one of her more popular books, but as an ex-library copy it is a hardcover in great condition, and not too expensive either.

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It has a nice history of tatting, a how to attach to edging and lots of ideas and patterns. I look forward to delving into this book further.
As always, happy tatting
Fiona T

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