Finished and blocked- Jan’s doily ll

Two days ago I completed Jan’s doily ll- from his book: Tatting theory and patterns. There have been a few questions about blocking on face book, so here is a picture of the doily that I have just sprayed with water and pinned out to dry- blocked!

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This doily was a challenge for me. The instructions were a bit different to the traditional patterns I have become used to. It took me far longer to remember the repeats than usual, and so progress was slow and there was a fair bit of retro tatting and cutting away. I do like the colours though, Altin basak blue (no. 343, size 50) and ecru. I doubt I will make this again, but am very glad to be finished it.
I an loking forward to making some smaller items, and perhaps taking part in a tat-along too.
I wonder, what project were you glad to finish?
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Vintage Semco Pattern Books

I was excited to see these two vintage semco pattern books on ebay a couple of weeks ago. The green cover is book number 16, and the blue cover is number 19. The other book is a coats-mercer collection “tatting”. The books arrived a few days ago. I was able to recognize that the Semco books contain Norma Benporath patterns, and this was confirmed inside the cover :) I was a little disappointed that both books have only a few different patterns, with the majority of the patterns are replicated in each volume. I wonder if this is the same with any other books in the semco series?

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Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Crochet fun: Mug cosies

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My sister has a set of beautiful “mud” mugs. Gorgeous colours, but no handles. On a recent trip to my local craft store I found a bamboo blend in colours I thought would match to the mugs- so began “project mug cosies”. I have been working on these on and off for a couple of months, and have made 14 that I delivered yesterday. My sister loves them :) Now, to finish some more UFOs this week :)
As always, happy crafting.
Fiona T

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New Thumb Shuttles have arrived!

Very excited about the mail that arrived today. Along with a new issue of “mollie makes” magazine, the wooden thumb shuttles I ordered from ebay arrived too. They look lovely, and I hope too wind them soon to make a motif or two. I’ll let you know how they go :)

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Hopefully you can see in the picture how small they are, very delicate.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Wow … that few weeks went fast …

Fiona T:

This wonderful project will be presented to the public from today! I hope to see this fabulous project in Melbourne over the ANZAC weekend. I am so happy to have a small part in this community project- and commemorate the ANZACs. Lest we forget.

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Good morning poppy friends.

We are now into our final week of organisation before the big event next week.

11062341_900324396677548_6634209880454863734_nFor the past two years we have been collecting your beautiful poppies for what promises to be the most spectacular community event on the Anzac Centenary Calendar, and for the past eight weeks we have been working solidly on the physical display … it has taken every ounce of energy and every second of our time and the help of many hundreds of volunteers to get to where we are today… we have constructed 80 – 10 x 1 metre panels of poppies (800 square metres)  on nets and a further 14 panels  – 2 x 1 metre panels of non yarn poppies … They are absolutely beautiful … works of art and so imbued with our respect and gratitude for our servicemen and women and their families … It has…

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Secret project in progress.

I haven’t had much time to tat over the last couple of weeks. Work has been super busy, and my crafting time is very short. In the time I have had to craft I have been working on a super secret project for a family friend. It is a crochet project, and I am learning a lot as the pattern needed to be resized, and involved a few stitches I was not familiar with.

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Until next time, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter from One Mad Tatter- we have had a lovely Easter day here with family.

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I made, what are becoming a tradition, bunny cup cakes. This year I made some little chicks too. Very cute and very yummy- all from Super Food Ideas magazine.

I also got another set of shuttles cleared of thread, and finally made a pattern from one of Jon Yusoff’s gorgeous books: Elegant tatting gems. I have had Jon’s books for a long time, so it was nice to se how easy the pattern was to work. This one is Nilam, made in Lizbeth Scottish Thistle, no 40. Was nice to work, and all in one pass too!

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I hope you have had a good weekend too.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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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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