One woman mad about craft!

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Here is my progress so far on the Space dyed doily from Morimoto’s pattern. I said in my last post that it would be about a week when I would be finished. For long time followers of my blog, it may not be surprising that I got distracted!  I’m sure you will agree- I had good reason. Liyarra had kindly sent me a Milward Shuttle!  My very first one ever…So I had to test it out straight away. Thanks so much Liyarra- your kindness will be paid forward :)

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I found a vintage pattern that had a Milward Shuttle advertised in the same book, and decided to use this thread from my stash. The hem-stiched triangle was also from my stash, bought a long time ago, I recall that my Mum had a triangle plate, so set to crocheting and tatting this for her. I’m glad I have learned to crochet, as I can now add single crochet around the shape of the doily and then tat onto it. Many knowledgeable people on the tatting forums say that the tatting will outlast the cloth, so this option allows the tatting to be removed from the cloth and reattached to another cloth cut to the same size.

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Starting to take shape- this is how far I got on the first night. The shuttle was lovely to work with- light and smooth. image

Over a few days I made quick progress. The corners were a little tricky, as they aren’t 90 degrees like on a hanky. I think I figured out a good solution- without any retro tatting! Yay :) image

So yesterday I finished this off. I think I like doing edgings- they are much quicker than whole doilies.

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It’s also a lovely time in the garden at the moment- here are my purple tiger roses in full bloom. There are about 12 flowers here, and they smell divine.

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So- back to the space dyed doily…I hope to have it finished soon to show you.

Until next time, happy tatting :)
Fiona T

Those of you have have followed me for a while have probably realised I am a bit of a geek- kind of a prerequisite for a Biology Teacher :) Recently, while marking an assignment where a number of students chose to reflect on the use of dissections in Biology, I began to consider a wider range of alternatives to the usual plastic model, virtual model and physical dissection. Crafting my passion is not new- and I was super excited this year to be a very small part of the Neural Knitworks effort for Science week this year. I recalled finding this ‘knitted dissection’ through a pintrest or twitter search (I can’t remember which now) earlier this semester- the Knitted Rat dissection kit, from aKNITomy at etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aKNITomy?ref=listing-shop-header-item-count. As I wanted to buy two and combine postage, the shop owner made up a listing for me, I purchased them, and they arrived safely in Australia last week. They come with instructions/patterns, the wool to make them, and all the felted organ pieces. The attention to detail is fabulous. I really like this idea- having students make or interact with this model would support yet another sensory experience – without the ‘ick’ factor for some students.

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aKNITomy dissection kits

I can barely wait to start these, and I hope to use the finished models with my classes in 2015. I will keep you all posted on the progress as it happens :)

As always, happy crafting

Fiona T

 

I saw this DMC pattern book on EBay.wpid-2014-12-07-13.15.31.jpg.jpeg I have one other in this series and decided to try my luck and bid on this one too. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. It has a lovely range of simple bauble covers, many adapted from edging patterns I am already familiar with. It is good to have such a lovely surprise, as some other books I have purchased specifically for Christmas baubles, have been overly complicated and so I haven’t attempted many patterns from them. I hope to start on some of these soon- and maybe then I will get to use up my massive stash of Christmas Baubles.

As always- Happy tatting,

Fiona T

What an exciting thing to wake up to, Jane has announced the start date and outline for the next Tat It And See (TIAS). Here is the link: http://janeeborall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ready-steady-not-yet.html

Will you join in the game in January? It is always lots of fun.
Fiona T

Updated 7 Dec 2014- I have now heard from Tracy W. Congratulations Tracy- I will send the craft pack to you ASAP this week.I’m still waiting to hear from one of the 3 craft pack winners from the blog- Winnie, Tracy Winsor or Helen. The first of you three ladies to get in touch with me (Through FB or Craftsy) will get the pack. If I don’t hear soon, I will redraw…

Here is a photo of the beginning of Morimoto’s Space Dyed Doily. It is made in Lizbeth size 40 – Scottish Thistle and Light Mauve.

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I started this doily quite a while ago now, and was ready to add row 5. The blocker was that the 8 little motifs needed their ends sewn, as row 5 connects row 4 and these motifs. As I am in ‘recovery’ mode from attending an interstate conference last week, I took some time in the afternoon to sew in those pesky ends. In the evening I was able to concentrate enough to work out row 5, and completed it in approx 1.5 hours. Morimoto’s patterns are lovely, and look to be at beginner level. This one was slightly more advanced, as the usual RW after a chain was not followed. If I was to make this doily again, I would use 2 shuttles, wound CTM (Continuous Thread Method), rather than the recommended shuttle and ball CTM. This would make the rings sit easier as they would be ‘thrown’ rings, rather than shuttle rings (I felt like I was twisting the thread where it wouldn’t naturally want to go). Below is a picture of the finished row 5, attaching row 4 and the motifs.

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Today I will begin to add in motif B, attaching to row 5 and the motifs already attached. Hopefully I will complete this doily this week. I often talk about ‘blockers’ and avoided a number of doilies that are made mostly of motifs, as I know I put off sewing in the ends. I wonder what some of your ‘craft’ blockers are?

Until next time, Happy Tatting :)
Fiona T

Still waiting for the blog redraw winner, Tracy Winsor, to contact me. Tracy, check your “other” message box on face book I will give you until sat 28 to contact me, and will redraw on Sunday if needed- so stay tuned, there is still a chance to win!.

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A quick photo of a motif from Tomoko Morimoto’s lovely book. I added jump rings so these could be used by my friend on necklaces. I can’t decide which effect I like best, both the contrast and plain appeal to me. Do you have a preference for colour combinations, or are you more into single colours? Does it depend on the project? Or the recipient? I wonder.
Until next time
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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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.

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