One woman mad about craft!

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

I have just finished the Anchor Doily (pg 14 of the Anchor Learn to Tat Book) for my sister’s birthday tomorrow. I have sewn in the last ends, which was much easier as there were very few. My reworking of this pattern in three colours, using split chains and split rings has been a successful design challenge.

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Here it is, blocked and drying so it should be ready to wrap tomorrow.
And here it is ready to wrap!
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I am always happy when I finish a project, and hopeful that the recipient will be happy too!
As always, happy tatting
Fiona T

I am getting to the last few rows of this doily, completing row 15 now. My sister, who I am making it for, loves her figgio lotte crockery, so that is what inspired my colour choice here. I have attached the photo below of one of her cups.

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and here is a photo of the doily in progress, it will need to be blocked at the end as it is very ruffly. I am pleased at how the colours contrast.

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This doily is from the Anchor Learn to tat book published in 1990. It is an advanced beginner pattern, as there is lots of counting within rows to make sure the angles work for the final edges. I have used a safety pin to help mark the rows and keep track of repeats….and have only had to retro tat a few sections. Hopefully it will be finished by next weekend. Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

The progress in this doily is slow, partly because I have been busy at work and partly because I am rewriting this pattern as I work it out with split chains. This reduces the number of ends to sew in. As I am making this for my sisters’ rapidly approaching birthday, I’m sure that will speed my progress somewhat.

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until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

Kina Progress

I recently had some leave from work, and so could make time to knit some more of my kina. I hope to have this done by summer, so I have plenty of time to chip away at this over the coming winter months. I an a very slow knitter, with one purl and one knit row on this 300+ stitch piece originally taking me 90 minutes. With a bit of concentration, I have gotten the time down to 45 mins….so I am exited and inspired that I can complete this jacket by summer!

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As you can see, I have made some progress, just 7cm more and I will make the sleeves! I am enjoying knitting again.
Until next time, happy crafting!
Fiona T

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