Progress on the TIAS 2016

Jane’s Tat it and See (TIAS) is in full swing.  Here is my work on days 1-8.

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I wonder what it will be!  Pop over to tatitandsee.blogspot.co.uk and join the fun.  It’s never too late to start ☺.

Until next time- happy tatting
Fiona T

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Summer projects

I have been enjoying my summer holiday this year,  relaxing with my family and having some time to focus on study too. Of course there has been a fair bit of crafting, so here is a quick update on the tatting.
First, I finally made a start on the starlight doily tat along at Craftree.  I am nearly up to the final chain round.

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I have also just started Jane’s Tat it and see (TIAS). I was a little late starting this year, so I did the first three days in one sitting. I am using Lizbeth size 40 thread, in a mauve colour- I have lost the card with the number and colour.

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At this stage I have little idea what it could be. It is worth popping over to the blog to give it a try and read through guesses from around the world too. Are you taking part this year? It’s never too late to join in :)
I have also been working on a few other projects,  but more about them next time.
Until then,  happy tatting
Fiona T

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A pattern won and made.

The winner of the 1,000 likers on facebook prize, Janis, received her craft pack recently. Here is a quick picture of what ended up in the pack. I included a purple birch ‘joke’ shuttle and a few other little surprises too. It is lovely to share the crafting fun with everyone. Next giveaway will be at 1,500 likers. Again- thanks to everyone for following – it is so much fun to have you with me on my crafting journey :)

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Around the time of my own 1,000 likes giveaway recently, I entered a giveaway on Dearest Debi’s facebook page.  I was one of the winners,  and was given a code to select three of Debi’s crochet patterns from ravelry for free!  I was really excited- she has some lovely patterns.  Here is one I selected- flower bud granny octagon. I have just sat down and made this now,  and the pattern was pretty easy to follow (I made the usual substitutions from US pattern terms to the ones I am familiar with), and I am really pleased with the results.

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Thanks for the patterns Debi, I look forward to trying the others I downloaded very soon.
Until next time,  happy crafting
Fiona T

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Merry Christmas and a Handkerchief finished

First of all – Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  It was a hot Christmas day today in Melbourne, and I had a lovely day with my family. Best wishes from my family to yours!

It took a couple of extra days than I had anticipated,  but I have just finished this handkerchief edging. Adapted from a Mary Konior pattern “gossip” this pretty but not too frilly edging was started in February 2015. I began by crocheting the edge with the Lizbeth size 80 “country purple lt” thread.  It is the first time I have attached tatting to the crochet edge – partly because I have only recently learned to crochet,  and previously I had tatted edgings directly onto the hanky and linen.  Last Saturday I found this UFO ( Un finished Object) in a bag with another project and decided to try and finish it by Christmas eve. I retro tatted the section I had miscounted, as I really wanted to finish this with continuous thread.  Unfortunately I was more tired than I anticipated this week,  so progress became slow in the evenings after promising progress last Saturday. There is only one join when the shuttle thread ran out on the last quarter of the handkerchief (grrr). Here are photos of the progress and finished item. 

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I wonder what you are creating at the moment?  Feel free to share in the comments or on Facebook.
Until next time- happy craftmas! 😉
Fiona T

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Angelinas with a bell

I recently caught up with some tatters in Melbourne for the last tat and chat for the year.  As always there was much hilarity and sharing of stories and craft supplies. It is lovely to be part of such a generous and fun loving group.  Two of the gifts I came home with were this lovely bauble and a bag of little bells.

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I decided to use one of the little bells to anchor the head bead on the Angelina pattern.

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The items are ready to assemble.

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Excuse the “rude” angle ☺. You can see how I’ve bent the pin to hold the bell in place and secure the pin. 

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Another angle to give a sense of how this was attached.

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The finished Angelina ready to post!
Until next time,  happy tatting! 
Fiona T

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Some more Angelinas

This week I was able to make 2 and a half more of these little angels.  They are so cute,  I am making a few for close family this year.  They stand at just under 4cm high. The pattern is from Lea at AlenAlea Designs: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/255804643/tatted-mini-3d-angel-pattern-and

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I am using size 40 milford mercerized white,  the purple and gold size 50 Altin Basak metallic thread.  When I have used the metallic thread for jewelry in the past,  the metallic thread often broke when I closed rings,  but using them now in the chain only part of the pattern is really easy, and the thread has not frayed.

I have also been busy getting another creative idea of the ground: WISE Dolls- Working In STEAM Enterprises Dolls (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) and have just launched the blog today.  This idea encourages young people to make (upcycle) their own dolls to reflect their interests and possible future careers.  If you are interested in following the adventures there the blog is: https://Wisedolls.wordpress.com

Until next time- happy creating
Fiona T

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Some treasures from ebay

I have found a few treasures lately on ebay, and this is one.  Packaged in a chocolate tin this lovely collection includes a couple of book marks, a doily, a vintage book and some patterns from a 1979 magazine,  a celluloid shuttle and several balls of size 20 thread.  It was great to open and look through the hand written notes made on the printed patterns to. 

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Some of these will be given away or swapped with friends and some in the next craft giveaway too I’m sure :) I hope to make the patterns sometime too.
Until next time,  happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Giveaway Winner 1,000 likes

Just a quick blog post to let you all know the winner of the random craft giveaway: it’s Janis Wakeley :) Congratulations Janis, please contact me through https://www.facebook.com/One-Mad-Tatter-239600219420054/ at facebook to organise delivery of your craft pack.

I had a bit more of a tidy up today and found these knitted friends, stashed away. I had always been a crafty girl and all of these little characters were made when I was between 15 and 21. They still bring a smile to my face.

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In the top left we have Miranda- made at school when I was in Year 10 as part of a sewing class. Next to her is Jemima, from the Australian ABC kids show “Play School”. Then in the middle row we have Wedding mouse, Mummy duck, White rabbit and piggy, while in the front row kitten and panda round out the ‘Jean Greenhowe’ patterns I was knitting at the time.

Next I will be onto Christmas tatting and finishing off those projects I intended as presents- so more eye candy next time :)

Until then, happy tatting

Fiona T

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1,000 likers give away

For those wondering, my sister had her beautiful baby girl 2 weeks ago. I can hardly wait to snap some pictures of her in her coordinated hats and bootees :) Thanks for the well wishes so many of you sent through :)

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The facebook page has been at over 1,000 likes for a couple of weeks now. I recall this time last year when we went from 400 to 500 likes in November- so to double the number of followers over 12 months is fabulous for a hobby page! (Well, I think so anyway :) ) Thanks for following my crafty adventures. At the end of this post will be the instructions for the giveaway entry, and the picture above shows part of the craft pack I will send- at present there is a vintage book, 2 skeins of hand dyed thread and a white Japanese clover shuttle. I have tried to keep it small and flat to hopefully reduce postage if the winner is not based in Australia. As always, this craft pack comes from my ‘stash’ and I have purchased all items myself- I received no endorsement or donation from any business for any of these items, nor do I have any business motive for this blog or the facebook page. I do hope to include a couple of other flat items in the package to ‘surprise’ the winner :)

I have yet to use the White clover type shuttles- but hope they are a dream to use like the plastic tortoise shell version. These post shuttles are just the right size for my hands and hold a good amount of thread.

Another new shuttle I bought was from a tip off from Liyarra, that Spotlight (our craft warehouse type store) had new Birch shuttles in stock, and they were purple! Well, I don’t need much encouragement when something is purple, so I went and bought some to try. The old version of the Birch shuttles were red with a hook and black bobbin, and were good to use but were terribly noisy. Below is a picture of the new shuttle type from Birch in it’s box- and you can see already that there is a bit of a ‘joke’ happening here. It is a clover style shuttle, but has a bobbin! The bobbin doesn’t have any purpose of course. The package also states it is a clear shuttle…well- we can see that it is in fact purple… and on the back of the box a bobbin type shuttle is pictured and it states ‘instructions enclosed’, and both of these claims are untrue. The shuttle itself is OK to use, it is very light and small. I haven’t really used it for long enough to know if it is my new favourite over my Pryms and Tortoise shell clovers….or my thumb shuttles….see I have lots of favourites :) purple birch shuttle.jpgBack of birch shuttle package.jpg

So, now that my year has settled down a little, I have time to manage a giveaway. My son, LittleTacker has come up with the ‘question’. So, in the comments below – please tell us what your favourite shuttle (or needle) is and why? Only relevant comments on the blog will be counted in the random choosing of the winner, and all comments will be moderated before publishing (to keep spam out). Winner will be drawn and announced on Sunday November 29th, at approx 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) – so you have just over a week to enter.

I look forward to sharing your shuttle (or needle) stories.

As always- happy tatting :)

Fiona T

 

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An Iris Niebach pattern and Hand dyed thread

Here is my most recently finished tatting piece. It is a small doily designed by Iris Niebach- Beatrice from her Tatted Doilies book. I really like that it is made in one pass- though I did have to refill my shuttle 3 times- the last time to make the final 3 small rings- that was a bit annoying.  The thread is beautiful to work with, and was hand made by a local talented tatter and Etsy store owner- Lea (& facebook link). It is size 40 thread, but I have lost the tag with the name of the dyelot colour. Liyarra mentioned that this particular pattern is notorious for being difficult- but aside from my own inattention (creating the need to retro tat) I had no problems with this pattern using this thread. 

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Iris Niebach- Beatrice design

I have 2 other colours of thread that I bought from Lea too- a lovely green and a blend called “crocus” which is mauve and yellow. I wonder what I will make with them? The next thing I want to do is finish a table centre for another of my sisters- so I will get back to that this evening I hope. I will share more progress on that next time. 

Until next time, Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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