Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas to all of my followers, and best wishes for the new year ahead of us. Again I am in awe of how this blog has grown, and hope you have enjoyed the sharing of craft over the last year. To those who have participated in the give-aways this year, I have enjoyed reading your comments and stories, and love being part of this community. I hope to bring some more crafty fun through 2019 too.

I haven’t found much time to blog in recent months, as I have been busy working on a number of craft projects for others to gift to their relatives. I can share them with you all today, as I hope they are being opened by recipients today. As always, I have no business motive on this blog and recieve no payment for the links I share here- they are products I have sought out, paid for and used myself, and share them with you in case they can help you reach your crafting goals too.

First I will share the yarn bombing, co-ordinated by the Melbourne group Yarn Corner https://www.facebook.com/groups/157893757611209/ . I have been a member of this group for a year or so, and I was determined to be a part of their Christmas project this year. I made time to contribute a few squares and two strips to add to a tree. I didn’t get much time at the install day to take photos of me with my tree, but here is another lovely volunteer sewing our piece onto a tree. The pattern for the snowflake squares was adapted from Linda’s snowflake pot holders: http://web.archive.org/web/20090607063420/http://www.lindaslists.net/snowflakeph.htm 

If you are based in Melbourne (or Australia for that matter) you might want to be part of this group- they are an amazingly supportive craft community.

Second I will share the first graphghan I have ever made. I was asked by a family friend to make this for her sister’s new baby, and I really enjoyed leveling up my skills to make this. I worked on this since August and was able to finish it by mid-November. The pattern was a paid pattern from: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 and I changed the colours in the background to off white, as the baby this was made for is a boy. It took a lot of concentation, counting, retro-crocheting (AKA frogging) and pateince to sew in ends, but it came out really well and is very cute. In time I might attempt another similar pattern.

Elephant and Giraffe baby blanket. Made from Oz yarn milk cotton, and this paid pattern from Karen on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 . I used single crochet to complete this graphghan, and changed the colours as it was for a boy.

Elephant and Giraffe baby blanket. Made from Oz yarn milk cotton, and this paid pattern from Karen on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crochet-Patterns-ELEPHANT-and-GIRAFFE-Color-Graph-BABY-GIRL-Afghan-Pattern/262086460308?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l9372 . I used single crochet to complete this graphghan, and changed the colours as it was for a boy.

The third thing I was working on was a pair of ‘gym boot’ booties for a work friend’s first nephew. These worked up quickly and each time I make them I think they look great. The pattern is from a book of booties I have had since I was a teenager, and I used the Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn.

The last thing I was working on intermittently during that time was some crochet market bags- again in milk cotton (I do enjoy working with this yarn). The pattern is free at Justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html   They work up pretty quickly and I use the yellow one to hold my fruit and veg, and the blue one is great for bread- it doesn’t get squashed!

Crochet market bags. Made in Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn, using this pattern from justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html

Crochet market bags. Made in Milk Cotton from Oz Yarn, using this pattern from justbcrafty: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/03/crochet-mesh-grocery-tote-pattern.html

Phew, it feels great to be able to share all of these projects with you. I have also gotten back to tatting, but I think I have shared enough craft for one day. My next post will be devoted to the tatted items I have recently finished.

Until then, have a lovely holiday season!

Happy crafting

Fiona T

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Tatted handkerchief edge

It took me approximately ten days to tat this pretty edging around a handkerchief. The handkerchief is a gift, and we wanted to get it posted before Christmas.

I began by crocheting around the hem-spoked edge of the handkerchief with the size 80 pink thread. I do this for two main reasons; while the hem-spokes can be used to attach directly to picots, the spacing is sometimes too wide for the edging pattern repeats to be evenly spaced; and the tatting will outlast the handkerchief, so cutting away the crochet row will preserve the tatting to be attached to something new.

I chose a pink handkerchief and the matching size 80 lizbeth thread from my stash. I bought these from Crochet Australia many years ago, they no longer sell these as sets (insert sad face). The pattern is a vintage edging, which is probably familiar to many tatters. The stitch count I followed was from page 10, pattern No.3006, in “Tatted doilies and edgings” edited by Rita Weiss.

The following pictures show the progress of the edging, including me losing at thread chicken in the final few repeats. I was able to estimate the amount needed and take it from the end of the chain thread…phew!

The final picture shows the handkerchief finished and ironed ready to send.

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Some stylish new threads

I made time today to catch up with the Melbourne tat and chat group. It has been a few months since I have seen these wonderful people and of course I was tempted by Lea’s threads. The time I spend with this group always fills my soul, between the great company and beautiful patterns and threads it is one of the best self care options in my world.

It always starts out innocently enough, helping another tatter decide on colours that ‘pop’ for a new project. Then my eye gets caught by a pretty variegated combination or contrasting solid. One skein gets put in front of me and then, before I know it, some more jump into the pile! But, oh how they make me smile! Here is a picture of the threads I purchased today…and please note a couple more were put back 😉.

Image of seven skeins of colourful tatting cotton threads. From left to right Crystallyne size 40, jewel size 20, gorgeous size 20, wildflower size 40, lilac size 20, pale blue size 20 and a variegated purple and grey size 20.

Image of seven skeins of colourful tatting cotton threads. From left to right Crystallyne size 40, jewel size 20, gorgeous size 20, wildflower size 40, lilac size 20, pale blue size 20 and a variegated purple and grey size 20.

I have a project in mind for some of them…now to finish all my crochet projects and get back to tatting.

Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Prizes received 2018

The winners of the 2,000 likers, Grace and Nancy, have both received their prizes over the last week.

I did add a couple of little things to the parcels -some beads, fruit tea and a balloon. Both recipients were excited to get these, and I am happy they arrived too. I can’t wait to see what Grace and Nancy make with the thread.

I’ve been crocheting some gifts lately, and hope to share these projects with you soon.

Until next time happy tatting

Fiona T

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2,000 likers give-away winner

Well, I may be a couple of hours late with the announcement. It was great reading all of your stories of waiting for various crafting things, so thanks to the 173 entrants! Also, thanks to likers, new and existing, who are following my crafting journey- I really enjoy being part of this community 🙂

The two winners of the random give-away for 2,000 likers are:

Grace Elizabeth Atkinson and Nancy Kimbrell.

Please message me with your address through either WordPress or Facebook “one mad tatter” page, and I will post your tatting parcel as soon as possible. 20180816_153611_wm.jpg

Until next time,

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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I’m tired of waiting: Tatting give away August 2018

Well, a few weeks ago I was planning a giveaway when the onemadtatter facebook page reached 2,000 likers. Facebook has done some weird things, and the number of likes seems to rise, then one or two drop off… so I’m tired of waiting!

My giveaways always aim to be inclusive for all of my followers, and it is in that spirit that I am now launching the ‘pre-two-thousand followers tatting give away’.

So, to enter you will need to like the facebook page, comment on the blog, or the facebook page, and tell me about a craft experience you felt you waited a long time for. It may have been a pattern in snail mail, that pretty shuttle you had to save for or a large project you thought you may never finish!

Each comment and share will give you a number in the random draw. The giveaway is open to anyone across the world so long as you have a postal address. I have two identical tatting kits to giveaway, so there will be two winners. Here is a picture of the kits:

Each kit has a packet of 5 plastic shuttles, and a skein of AlenaleaTatting’s size 20 thread in her ‘magic’ colourway. You have until Sunday, August 26th 2018 at 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time for your comment to be counted into the giveaway.

So, please like, share and comment. I look forward to reading your stories-I can hardly wait! I’ll let you know when we get to 2,000 likes lol.

Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Daisy doily completed

Thanks to everyone for their encouragement as I was working to complete the Daisy Doily from AlenaleaTatting’s facebook tat along.

I completed the final round last night and blocked the doily today. Here are some progress photos:

Daisy doily taking shape with two flower motifs attached.

Daisy doily taking shape with two flower motifs attached.

Daisy doily with all flower motifs attached.

Daisy doily with all flower motifs attached.

Finished daisy doily before blocking.

Finished daisy doily before blocking.

Daisy doily blocked on white towel.

Daisy doily blocked on white towel.

Finished daisy doily on display on grey shelves with a vintage cup and saucer.

Finished daisy doily on display on grey shelves with a vintage cup and saucer.

I enjoyed this pattern. I like the effect of the centre, it reminds me of a spider web between the flowers. The threads are size 20 hand dyed colours from AlenaleaTatting’s etsy store.

Lea also came to my rescue and dyed an additional batch of purple to match the her one I already had for the flowers, she is very clever and has a great eye for colours.

I will announce the giveaway this weekend. There will be a packet of 5 shuttles on offer for each of two lucky people, and I will ship internationally.

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Progress on Daisy Doily

I am loving my holidays. These first few wintery days at home I have indulged in tatting, and made good progress on the daisy doily, which was a tat along run by AlenaleaTatting on facebook.

I still have lots of ends to sew in (sigh), but just need to add the yellow flower centres and I will be ready for the final two rounds.

Daisy doily tatted pieces, blue spider web centre, purple onion ring flowers with yellow stamens.

Daisy doily tatted pieces, blue spider web centre, purple onion ring flowers with yellow stamens.

I have had a good response to the up coming giveaway, so share and follow my facebook page so we can get those last few likers and get to the 2,000 mark!

As always, happy tatting

Fiona T

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New shuttles to giveaway: 2,000 followers.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog, but I have still been planning for the next giveaway. I saw these plastic colourful shuttles a few weeks ago on ebay, and thought I would like to decorate some and also give some away. They are perfect for a give away on the blog as they are small and light for international postage.

Small plastic bags holding plastic colourful post tatting shuttles, piled on a tan couch.

Small plastic bags holding plastic colourful post tatting shuttles, piled on a tan couch.

I was very excited when they arrived, and picked up a tatting project (Alenalea’s Daisy doily tat along) to try out these shuttles.

Tatted purple daisy motif with a yellow post  tatting shuttle and yellow thread.

Tatted purple daisy motif with a yellow post tatting shuttle and yellow thread.

These shuttles are very similar to the clover in weighting and feel. The tips are sturdy and have that satisfying click while you work the thread. The pointed tip is fine enough to retro-tat (un pick) the size 20 thread I am using currently, and would be ok for size 40 too, without splitting the thread. I think they are pretty good and look forward to sharing these around.

So, keep sharing and liking – bring on 2,000 followers 😁

As always, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Happy Everything!

Happy Easter and Happy International Tatting day for 2018.

I hope you get some time to be with people you love and craft too.

As always, happy tatting

Fiona T

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