One woman mad about craft!

I have finished the red and gold doily, and my sister in law loves it! I just need to block it before I post it to hopefully get there for her birthday. My initial uncertainty about the gold (altin basik 30) zig zag evaporated as the final red (milford 40) row pulled this lovely Ann Orr pattern together.  This is one of 2 vintage patterns I am really enjoying at moment.

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Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

I have finished the red and gold doily, and my sister in law loves it! I just need to block it before I post it to hopefully get there for her birthday. My initial uncertainty about the gold (altin basik 30) zig zag evaporated as the final red (milford 40) row pulled this lovely Ann Orr pattern together.  This is one of 2 vintage patterns I am really enjoying at moment.

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Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

Congratulations to the winner of the 200 likes random giveaway, Kristen. Next giveaway at 250 likes :)
Last weekend I was browsing on ebay and was successful in bidding on a set of 5 vintage books. From the picture I thought I only had one duplicated book already in my collection, the pink dover book by Julia Sanders. When they arrived in the post yesterday I realised one other book was a duplicate too, just with a different cover. The other three books are not already in my collection, and two are Norma Benporath pattern collections, which is a lovely surprise.

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My book collection is growing, and soon I might have to think about selling or giving away some duplicates. But for now, I will pour over them and enjoy planning what else I would like to make.
Happy tatting
Fiona T

I have been so swamped with work and life I haven’t had a chance to run my usual ‘milestone likes’ giveaway. So, let me make it up to you all today!

I have recently been dabbling in vintage patterns, and enjoying the modern colour palette available. I have also been dipping into etsy shops and seeing the lovely things they have on sale. This led me to a conversation with ‘lacemakermom’ over at her Etsy store, about all things vintage and writing tatting patterns. She has kindly offered to supply a tatting pattern for this giveaway. The beauty of this being online is that the winner will be able to receive the pattern of their choice much quicker than through snail mail. Now, I know I have people following here who don’t tat, but enjoy other crafts-  you are certainly welcome to enter, and perhaps if you win we might make a tatter out of you yet :)

So how do  you join in for this random giveaway, as always it is pretty simple -  comment below on the blog, or over on facebook, (so I can contact you easily of you win) and tell us the answer to this question: My favourite vintage/modern pattern is….. and I like the …. pattern from lacemakermom.  As there are vintage patterns for all crafts, I hope this will generate a few new (um…old?) ideas for all of us :)   I will draw the winner, using a random number generator, next Sunday afternoon (Australian Eastern Standard time).

To get the ball rolling; My favourite vintage pattern is the round doily from Ann Orr, and I like the angel pattern from lacemakermom. (of course I can’t enter, but you get the idea :) )

As always, Happy tatting.

Fiona T

I am progressing well with this Red and Gold Ann Orr round doily. I have been alternating between tatting and knitting, but really want to get this finished soon to send as a present.

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Now, the ‘first’ I am excited about…you can see out in the photo. I am about to finish the red ball of thread, it is the first time I have completely used a whole ball! It’s the little things :) lol.
Until next time
Happy tatting
Fiona T

So, work on the kina is intermittent, depending on the concentration level I have each day. I have tried to craft each night, and so have continued working on the red and gold version of Anne Orr’s ’round doily set’ for my sister in law. I am not convinced the colours are working, but will soldier on and see what it loks like at the end. The purple doily is the same pattern as the recent green doily, the occaisional doily from paragon tatting patterns book 112. Both are quite relaxing to do.
I also noticed the facebook page is over 200 likes, so will try and have a giveaway soon. Stay tuned!

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Until next time, happy crafting!
Fiona T

Knitting a Kina

After a knitting hiatus of 6 years, here is the beginning of a kina jacket on circular needles (that I haven’t ever used before)…. I wonder how long it will take me to finish? 
I found the pattern through Retro mummy, and love the look of this, and the lack of seams. The wool is from ‘ unwind craft café’ in Keilor, and is lovely bendigo woollen mills 8 ply.

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I do still have several tatting projects on the go too…will update you all as I progress with each project.
Happy….um…knitting and tatting!
Fiona T

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