Christmas bauble progress

I recall making a grand statement while on holidays. I was going to make one christmas bauble a month. I have been distracted by work and other craft pursuits…tonight I came across this almost finished one. I decided to finish it (I may be subconsciously avoiding Jan’s doily…. ;) )  It is from DMC’s Festive Tatting book, christmas ball 6 in #10 DMC cotton.

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I had to doctor the bauble a little- made a small hole in the bottom of it to pass the needle and thread through to secure the motif. It looks simple and elegant, and brings my bauble total for the year to 2! Still, making much more progress than last year.
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Nearly there: Jan’s doily 2

A quick update on this doily. I have finished the second last round. It was a challenging round, with each ring and chain with varied stitch counts, it took me 14 repeats to remember the pattern  without checking each ring against the diagram. (Usually it takes me 3 repeats)

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I have nearly psyched myself up to complete the final round. After reading the pattern diagram a number of times, I think I can follow the stitch count…when I am a bit more awake tomorrow I might even start the final round.
Until next time, happy tatting,
Fiona T

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“Arches” Doily in pink

I was recently gifted some variegated pink Coats cotton, and a  lovely hand decorated shuttle (Thanks Sam, from Rogue Threads) so, of course, I abandoned my Jan S doily and started another doily! I have been wanting to make Marilee Rockley’s Arches doily for a while, so started straight away! While I am not happy south my tension in the round I have just completed, I think this is a really clever pattern. It is also easy to keep track of the stitch counts (well, much easier than I have been finding the Jan S doily recently).

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I will block this over the weekend, and redo the last 2 rounds if I need to correct the tension.

Oh, here is the gorgeous shuttle too:

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Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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500 Likes giveaway- OneMadTatter

Woo Hoo- 500 likes over on Facebook! Welcome to our newest likers. That means it is time for a giveaway. This time I am running it just through facebook comments, that way I can contact the winner easily (I hope) :D So, while the details are here, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Mad-Tatter/239600219420054 to like and comment to enter.

I recently re-discovered Marilee’s Etsy Yarnplayer store…and have bought a pattern of hers via download- so easy I wanted to share the excitement. Marilee also has beautiful hand-dyed thread and jewellery available through her store. The prize for this giveaway is up to $AU30 from Marilee Rockley’s https://www.etsy.com/au/people/yarnplayer [You will send me the selection you would like and I will pay for it and organise for Marilee post it to you] There is only one prize this time for international postage.

For my likers in Australia- you can be in the draw above, and also be in a second draw- for a copy of Ben Fikkert’s Floriade book. This highly sought after book has recently been reprinted and my copies arrived a short time ago. Please include the country ‘Australia’ in your response on the OneMadTatter Facebook page.

So- to the competition question- I would like to know the most exciting craft purchase you have made! Maybe it is a pattern download? Perhaps some thread? A highly sought after book (Mary Kinior :) )? One of my top 5 would be my sewing cabinet, and another in the short list would be Rebecca Jone’s “complete book of tatting” that i stumbled across at a craft store and helped me ‘get’ the flip!   :) Share your most exciting craft purchase on the OneMadTatter Facebook page and you are in the draw :)

I can’t wait to hear/read your answers, good luck- until next time Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Update on Jan’s doily

Nearly finished penultimate round. It has been a long, slow slog.

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I do still like the colour choice here, and it is quite a stunning pattern. Can’t wait for it to be done!
I wonder what project you have been pleased to be done with, most recently?
Happy Tatting
Fiona T

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Another kina cast on :)

After finishing my first adult kina, I didn’t think I would make another. That was until I found the first one a bit hot for wearing in our summer. I decided to make another one this year, in Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply cotton, the shade is a lilac called Hollyhock. I have just cast on and powered through the first few rows.

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The cotton is lovely to knit with. I hope to finish this by next summer.
As always, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Metal boye shuttle and Doily -EBay find

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I was excited a few weeks ago to come across this on EBay, a metal shuttle, thread and a mostly made doily for AUS$5. I couldn’t resist and bought it! When it arrived I was excited to see that the shuttle is new, and as it is my first metal shuttle I am quite pleased with it. I haven’t used it yet, but hope to soon. The doily is unfinished, and is the myth pattern I am familiar with and have made a couple of times now. My first thought was to finish it, but the thread sent with the shuttle is not the same as that used for the doily. I am contemplating cutting away the final round so far and using another colour to complete the final round as a contrast. There was also a little butterfly and flower in the package. Quite a bargain for what I paid :) It goes to show that regularly checking sites like EBay can yield some good finds, you really just need to be patient :)

Until next time- which will likely be the 500 liker celebration giveaway-

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Tatted letters- Part 2

A short time ago I came across my split ring tatted letter designs and samples, and have shared the first 6 letters with you. Here is a picture of the next 4, based on the same dimensions and again using two colours to show where the splits are- if you do them in one colour of thread on both shuttles your letters will appear to be a single colour. Not all of them have been made into samples- though the guide diagram is there for G & J. H was quite straight forward to make, as were I & L, but K was trickier- I wonder if you will have more luck- Please let me know what you come up with if you try with this particular stitch count.  btumsz3   4a24jvu

Until next time,

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Doily ll Jan Stawasz

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I am working on this Jan Stawasz Doily ll from his ‘Tatting theory and patterns” book. I liked the look of this book and the patterns in it look great- many are quite visually stunning. I decided to work this one when emptying a shuttle from the recent ‘amusement doily’ tat along on facebook. I thought, as with many doilies, I could adapt the pattern to use split chains to climb out of rows- I was wrong in this thought. The rings and chains on the main part of this doily are reversed to the traditional placement of rings and chains, so I had to cut and sew in after each round. This made it slow and tedious and- um- boring- to tat the ecru part of this doily. I have never been bored before when tatting- confused (yes), frustrated (yes), excited (yes)- but never bored! Once I got to the next row- pictured here- it was a bit more interesting. I am now just starting the second last round and the stitch counts are a bit ‘challenging’ to remember. I need to keep checking the visual diagram. It is slow progress, but I will keep chipping away. I also hope the slight bend in the final ecru round can be blocked out at the end- it would be a shame to have wasted all this time and thread. I do love the colour combination, inspired by Morimoto’s colour pallette in her book “New Tatting”.

I wonder what crafting piece you tried that was more challenging than you anticipated? Please share in the comments here or on facebook :)

Until next time

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Day 12 TIAS 2015- nearly finished! (and day 13- now finished…)

wpid-2015-02-07-17.24.01.jpg.jpegI’ve been enjoying Jane’s TIAS again this year, and here is the picture of day 12- a sweet pair of tatted scissors. What a nice idea for any crafter! We are nearly finished, as you can see, and it has been lovely looking through people’s pictures and progress over the last few weeks. So do have a look at Jane’s TIAS blog :) Jane has just posted the final day’s pattern- so I’d better pop over and download it :)

Ok- updated post a few minutes after publishing- here is my finished TIAS 2015- still have to sew in ends: wpid-2015-02-07-19.47.24.jpg.jpeg

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

 

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