Vintage tatted collar

I have wanted to make a tatted collar for a while now, but didn’t really have anyone to give it to. Recently one of my blogging friends posted a photo of herself wearing a lace collar- so the time seemed right to offer to make one for her. I went through a few of my tatting books and sent pictures of three different collars. The chosen collar was a vintage pattern, Paragon learn to tat, petals collar on page eight. I chose a vibrant colour (Altin Basak size 50, colour 334) and set about tatting a little each day. It took a few weeks of chipping away, but I finished the collar last weekend. It has been posted and well received! 

As usual, I like to send a letter and a treat with a package. The parcel is below.

I’m pleased that I have been able to make this collar and that the colour looks so good, sometimes it’s hard to predict when many vintage patterns are pictured in white. It has also been nice to spread some crafty love to a person who does so much for others. 

I wonder when you have shared some crafty goodness? Feel free to share in the comments below.  

Until next time, happy tatting 

Fiona T 

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Retro-tatting to fix mistakes

I’ve been a tatting enthusiast for over twenty years, and actually tatting regularly for over fifteen years. For a long time in the early days I believed the myth that you could’t un-tat (retro-tat) a ring. It’s quite lucky I found the online tatting world, and was able to learn this invaluable skill. I often get distracted while tatting, and will make the ring the wrong size, like I did tonight, realising as I close the ring that I have repeated the peak ring. 

Retro-tatting does take time, but I think it’s better to fix the mistake than ruin the item I am making- it is always quicker than starting the item again. 

I also wanted to show any new tatters that mistakes are part of learning, and knowing/learning how to fix mistakes is a step towards mastery. I wonder if you have triumphed over something you believed was too difficult in your crafting? 
Until next time, happy retro-tatting. 

Fiona T 


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Knitting with the magic loop method

A few weeks ago I took a craft lesson on how to knit cable stitches and in the round using the magic loop method. I have never ventured into using cable patterns and thought this was a good way to learn the technique. The magic loop method was one I had never heard of before- so I was surprised at how cleverly it uses the cable to allow you to work on small peices in the round. The lesson took place at one of my favourite places- Unwind Craft Cafe in Keilor East. I used the lovely cable needles I got for my birthday and some Bendigo Wool Mills milky way  (blend of wool and milk fibres). 


I was pretty pleased with how quickly this knitted up, and how nice the wool was to work with. The pattern is from ravelry- main street by tin can knits. 

Until next time, happy crafting 

Fiona T 

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A winter holiday

A few weeks ago it was school holidays. We went away with some friends for a holiday to Daylesford, in the spa country in Victoria.  

Our accommodation was lovely, situated right on the lake, with beautiful veiws from our lounge room and interesting (if sometimes noisy) neighbours lol.  Being winter it was very cold, but we still managed to get out and see lots of things in the area. 

In particular we enjoyed visiting sovereign hill, and took advantage of the 2 day entry. We spent most of a day enjoying the town and pretending we were living in the late 1800’s (but mighty glad there was good coffee available). We saw a pantomime show, went to school, saw lots of exciting reenactments and successfully panned for gold. By then we were cold and tired so headed home. The next evening we returned for the christmas in July light show. It was fabulous! 

This is a picture showing the light decoration on the houses. There was also a  projected light show  on the buildings which is not done justice by my photos.

Being Christmas in July, the town was also decorated with trees and there was regular “snow flurries” through the town. The trees were adorned with crochet snowflakes, and I managed to find one tatted one too 😊

Aside from this trip we enjoyed walks, shopping and cafes, visiting the market and lots of food and fun. As always, we all wanted to stay longer. Makes us look forward to our next holiday! 

Until next time, happy tatting 

Fiona T 

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Scaling up a knitting pattern

It seems my neice has outgrown many of the shoes I made for her.

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My sister loved the little Mary Janes the best, so I wanted to make a larger size. Unfortunately the pattern books I have only go up to 6 month size. So this week I sat with the original pattern and attempted to scale it up. I used the ratio of stitch increases from the smaller sized patterns and wrote out my own version. Today I finished knitting the first prototype, and I will hopefully visit my neice soon to try it on for size.

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The proportion of shoe to sock looks to balance, so if this fits ok I will make a few pairs for her winter wardrobe…is getting very chilly in Melbourne!
Until next time happy crafting
Fiona T

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Bookmark and pendant

Another busy week, and a couple of small projects completed.
First, we found out my son’s teacher was leaving, so I located my finished projects stash and found a dragon book mark and pendant to send as a thank you and farewell gift.

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Then I have found out that a dear colleague will be leaving work soon, so had time to actually make one of my favourite bookmarks. I had some thread left in the shuttles so looked to my favorite Morimoto book for some inspiration, and made a quick pendant too.

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You may notice the lipstick case in the above photo, I have started using this to take the small projects in my hand bag. It holds 2 shuttles and stops the thread getting tangled too. Do you have any clever storage tips to share?
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Finished my second Kina

I have just finished sewing the button on my latest Kina. This is the one I started last year in March, and decided a few rows in to try a different style of knitting, which put a noticeable line in the garment. I tried a couple of things to fix it,  but decided to cut my losses and frog it. I also began knitting for the arrival of my neice,  so left this kina to grow very slowly. 
Now it’s May 2015 and here is the finished kina, using the Lady Kina (design 40) pattern from kids tricots on ravelry. I used 8 ply  Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton, Hollyhock colour. I really loved working with this cotton, it was so soft. I still have a ball and a half left,  so might make a version for my neice in this before using the wool I have stashed for her.  Or maybe I will make a hat or two. 

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Below is a photo of me sewing up one of the only 2 seams in this jacket. 

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I wonder what projects you are close to finishing? 
Until next time, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Leafy doily in new home.

Happy mother’s day for yesterday to all mums🙂 After my son’s very early morning soccer game (in Melbourne’s rain) I had a lovely day.  One of my sisters hosted dinner at her house,  and it was lovely.  I had the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the leaf doily on its new home, so here they are:

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Until next time, happy tatting🙂
Fiona T

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Leafy doily in new home.

Happy mother’s day for yesterday to all mums🙂 After my son’s very early morning soccer game (in Melbourne’s rain) I had a lovely day.  One of my sister’s hosted dinner at her house,  and it was lovely.  I had the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the leaf doily on its new home, so here they are:

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Until next time, happy tatting🙂
Fiona T

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Crocheted Owl Hat

I have recently been buying and downloading a few different patterns from ravelry, etsy and craftsy. This is the first one I have actually made. The hat is for me, so it is in purple (not cream like in the pattern), and I am pleased the owls still stand out. I frogged this pattern a few times, the 3D effect was a bit confusing, with layers of stitches in some sections a bit hard for me to count.  I’m happy to say that perseverance had paid off,  and I finished the last section today.  The pattern is by Carlinda Lewis at TheHookHound on Etsy.

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With winter on the way I am looking forward to wearing this hat very soon.
I wonder if you have made anything for yourself lately?
Until next time,
happy tatting
Fiona T

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