One woman mad about craft!

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The 2 identical tatting craft packs – to be given away to two lucky people who comment – one here on the blog, and one on Facebook!

Wow- it has been a busy week out our house. It was also a busy week for the facebook page for onemadtatter blog – we are at over 300 likers. That has jumped from around 250 a week ago. So I have cleaned out my stash* and have 2 identical (except for colour of thread and shuttles) tatting craft packs (pictured above) I will also add chocolate before posting. You will need to comment on the blog post or on the facebook page (under the link to the blog post). Yes- I will post internationally (I am based in Australia). There will be one winner chosen from each forum – that is one commenter from the blog and one from Facebook – if you comment on both you have double the chance :)  Next Saturday- November 22nd at 5pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) I will put names into a list and use a random number generator to pick the winners. I will announce these on this blog and through facebook after the draw.

One of my greatest triumphs in tatting was mastering the flip- it took a long time for me to do this as I was learning from books, before you-tube and internet could show me. For more about this learning journey see this post.

So my question to you – what do you think is your greatest craft triumph? I can’t wait to read about it :)

Until next time, thanks for your support and happy crafting

Fiona T

*Items in this giveaway are from my craft ‘stash’ – all items were purchased by myself and stored in my pet free, smoke free home. The vintage tatting books are in good second hand condition. All other items are new.

The winners of the craft packs have been drawn. Thanks to everyone who entered, your stories and craft triumphs were a joy to read. Thanks also for the positive feedback on the blog in general- it is nice to be able to share my crafting journey with you all. So…(*Drum roll*) the winners are:

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Blog Comment: Helen (Please get in touch through facebook- or comments here)

Facebook comment: Tammy G. (I have messaged you via facebook- check your “other” folder)

Please contact me within 3 days, or I will redraw the craft pack.

This week I have been snowed under at work (figuratively speaking, because we have had some hot weather this week in Melbourne), but have finished off a set of the Hydrangea Doilies from “New Tatting” Tomoko Morimoto’s book. I love this book, the colours are fabulous and inspiring. I still have to block the doilies, but here is a picture- they are simple, delicate and pretty. I think they will make a lovely Christmas present :) 10522735_795664550480282_733047507224163210_n Thanks for your support. I have had such fun I think I will do another giveaway at 400 likes…lets see how soon that is :)

As always, until next time – happy tatting

Fiona T

This pattern was kindly donated by lacemaker mom, on etsy, for my last giveaway. I began to tat it in March, and then put it aside as a new book had arrived. I picked it up occasionally, working on the pretty edging. I found it again a few weeks ago, and worked on it while at a café with a friend….unfortunately when I got home I realised I had made 2 errors on joins. These errors meant the final repeat would not join without scrunching up the finished doily.

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Before the ‘café incident’.

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After the ‘café incident’…
So I had to cut away a big section:

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And rejoin.
With a bit of careful calculation I completed the last 2 pattern repeats without error. I did think the edge needed more green, so I ran a simple chain around the outside, mirroring the green on the inside row. This technique is adapted from “New Tatting” by Tomoko Morimoto- she uses this simple chain with great effect.

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I still need to block this, but I think it looks quite pretty.
The facebook page is up to just over 250 likers…so I will soon have a craft giveaway. Details soon!
Have you got a UFO on your radar to finish? Share below!
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

Sharon’s Tatted Lace: Snowflakes for Christmas.

via Sharon’s Tatted Lace: Snowflakes for Christmas.

I have just found this blog linked from Facebook, it is a great beginner pattern for snowflakes. I really like how Sharon set this post up, with the beginner tatter in mind. I also like her ‘plan’ that she shares to motivate people to begin working towards having a lacy tree at Christmas. She breaks this task down so nicely, I just had to share with you all. You see, Sharon’s simple start of ‘chipping away’ at a small task each day and then increasing this (you really must read her blog) is really how I work out my whole life – from writing lectures, conference papers, tatting patterns and projects, and even my PhD, all these are planned and developed over weeks.

I can’t sit and write a whole conference paper in one sitting- in fact I think it would be too rushed and not show the development of ideas in the best possible way. It is the same with tatting – I am never going to have full days to tat a whole doily in one sitting (unless I am on a plane…even then a doily or full hanky edge is not a single sitting item). So, as a craft, tatting suits me just fine. I do what Sharon suggests, a little work, often. This way over the year I complete many projects and keep the interest and momentum for my craft and all of the other things I do over a week.

I wonder, is this what works for you with your craft? What ways do you manage to ‘fit’ everything?

Until next time, Happy Tatting

Fiona T

I finally found an ex-library copy of Judith Connors’ “Creative tatting with beads, shuttles and needle”. I bought it from ebay and it arrived in the post today.

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It is one of the first books I borrowed from my local library about tatting, but it is my first Judith Connors book in my collection. Very happy!
Happy tatting
Fiona T

Here is a more up to date photo of the knitting progress on my kina. I have passed the sleeves and it is getting a bit quicker as I continue the back and front. The pattern is on ravellry, and the wool is bendigo wool mills, 8ply blueberry. I bought it from our local supplier at unwind café. I first heard about this kina pattern from retro mummy, who was making them for her girls. The one below is for me, but reminding me that I usually make smaller items when I knit :)

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I would love to do this pattern again, but think I will make one for littler humans than me, next time.
I have also been tatting, but more about that later in the week.
Happy tatting
Fiona T

Here is a more up to date photo of the knitting progress on my kina. I have passed the sleeves and it is getting a bit quicker as I continue the back and front. The pattern is on ravellry, and the wool is bendigo wool mills, 8ply blueberry. I bought it from our local supplier at unwind café. I first heard about this kina pattern from retro mummy, who was making them for her girls. The one below is for me, but reminding me that I usually make smaller items when I knit :)

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I would love to do this pattern again, but think I will make one for littler humans than me, next time.
I have also been tatting, but more about that later in the week.
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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