One woman mad about craft!

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

Thanks to Michelle, over at Living with Bob (Dysautonomia) for raising awareness about this invisible Chronic Illness. I share this ‘diagnosis’, and while I am on good drugs now (that don’t work for everyone unfortunately) when I was first sick it was my tatting that gave me a link to the online world and ongoing projects that could keep my mind and spirits up. I had come to the point in my illness where I realised I would feel ill whether I went about my day, or stayed in bed. Since I was mobile (and with a toddler) I decided I would try to have an outing each day and work for 10-20 minutes on my craft each day too. Of course I also needed naps, family and friends to help me when I couldn’t get out, and flexible arrangements just in case I was having a bad patch. Having a plan and a goal, like building up to tatting a show entry, gave me a focus and purpose.

Over the last 6 years I have found the ‘good drugs’ that keep me upright and moving forward, with only a few bad patches. I am working and studying again, and am able to balance my life to maintain my current health mostly successfully (dizziness and hot flushes are part of a normal day for me- but I am thankful that the constant nausea and gastric issues are settled for most of the time).

My craft contribution to the ‘going blue for dysautonomia month’ is the doily I finished late last year – it took around 2 months to complete. I now have it in my office at work, and it brightens my day :)

wpid-2014-01-04-18.41.48.jpgMichelle is also raising money for research in her “clicking my heels for Dysautonomia” fundraising – she is wearing her sparkly Dorothy shoes to all medial appointments. I have never met Michelle but have followed her blog for a couple of years now, I have found her posts witty and often inspirational. If you would like to find out more about the various forms Dysautonomia can take, head over to her blog: http://bobisdysautonomia.blogspot.com.au/. If you would like to donate money to her fundraising effort, here is the link:   https://give.everydayhero.com/au/clicking-my-heels-for-dysautonomia

I wonder if you have found your craft has helped you in a positive way?

As always, happy tatting

Fiona T

 

UFO- Tatted Bridge Set

A while ago I saw that Bella Online (Georgia Seitz’s site) was featuring Norma Benporath’s tatted Bridge Set and commemorating her work and distinctions. Here is the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182893.asp

It was lovely to read, and reminded me that I need to finish this bridge cloth, as I tatted the card motifs  from Norma’s design quite a while ago now. I have also trialled attaching a motif to cloth. I have since had my sewing machine serviced and really have no excuse to finish this UFO (Un Finished Object) in the coming months. Then I should learn to play bridge I suppose :)

Until next time

Happy Crafting :)

Fiona T

 

National Science week has just passed. It was great to see that the media got on board this year and promoted a number of interesting and challenging science week activities. Way back in April I heard about the Neural Knitworks project- which encouraged people to knit, crochet or craft neurons together. These Neurons could be sent in to be put on display as a huge Neural network as part of science week.

I really like the idea of community projects, and the idea that were are learning, crafting and working together for science- well I am in my element. I shared the project with my own students, and we had a couple of Neurons crafted and contributed to our display in our Science Room Foyer.

I wonder- have you been involved in crafty community projects? It would be great to hear about it!

As always, happy tatting,

Fiona T

Tatting on a plane

I am a big fan of tatting in public, unfortunately mostly the only public place I am is at my son’s school. When I do travel further afield, my shuttles join me. In 2012 I flew from Australia to the UK, and found out I was able to take my shuttles (clovers with a pick), a thread cutter ( I got small square ones, very light- I think they are clover too) and a couple of hankerchiefs to edge. As I was only travelling with carry on luggage, I knew I couldn’t take scissors or needles.

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Here is a picture of me ready to tat on the plane. I was able to complete one handkerchief in the 10 day return trip- pretty pleased with that!
Since then, I have travelled within Australia, and was able to take my aero style shuttles with a small hook. This definitely sped up making the joins!
Have you done any travel tatting?
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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