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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Three unfinished doilys…

I had some time this evening to tidy up some of my tatting books and craft supplies. In my clean up I found three books with projects in them, just waiting to be finished.

From left to right: a pretty doily edging from one of the russian books I was gifted; most of the rose and thistle doily from Lindsay Rogers ‘Mastering tatting’ book; and the beginning of Ben Fikkert’s ‘Noel’.

I have now put these in sight and hope to finish them in the next few months.

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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The last Tat it and See from Jane

Well, I tried to make it last as long as I could, but I finished off the tat it and see (TIAS) this weekend. The cute little mermaid is finished. A huge thanks to Jane Eborall for once again planning, designing, diagramming and hosting this fun little project.  Here is a picture of my little mermaid, with her flowing green hair.

The images below shoe the progression of the project since January, when the pattern was released in small parts over on the TIAS blog. The guessing game that runs along side the pattern release is also fun to follow, with some creative tatters making images and poems to share their ideas too.

Did you take part in the TIAS this year? Feel free to link to your own blog in the comments to share your experiences too.

Until next time,

Happy tatting

Fiona T

 

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Winner of the 1800 followers give away

The give away is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter- I enjoyed reading your favourite patterns and looking up some I hadn’t heard of before too. If you have a chance to read the comments on the original post, you might find another favourite pattern to add to your collection too.

The winner is: Diane Christie. Diane, you have three days to get in touch with me 🙂 If I don’t hear from you I will redraw the give away.

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In other news my squares for the brussels monument have arrived with Cathy #TatAMonumentInPink , and are on her https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcanarithy%2Fphotos%2Fa.1336771296452689.1073741870.104839346312563%2F1408886975907787%2F%3Ftype%3D3&width=500” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>facebook page :

The TIAS is still a mystery, with day 8 being posted onto the TIAS blog yesterday. Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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1,800 followers give away

With all of the exciting things happening in the tatting world more people have found my blog and associated facebook page. When I checked this morning the facebook page was up to 1,806 followers. So, to share my excitement I am going to have a little giveaway.

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Here are the four books which I will post to the winner of the giveaway**.

Two are vintage publications, one is a recent reprint of a vintage publication and the hard cover ‘new dimensions in tatting’ is an ex-library copy of 1994 reprint. Some really great patterns in these books and ideas for taking tatting in different directions too. These books all have lovely items, and I have made things from most of them- for example: the anchor doily I made for my sister is a republished pattern from the ‘Coats 1088- learn tatting’ book on the right; The tatted collar I made for a christmas present is from ‘Coats 660 Learn Tatting (middle back); and one of my favourite handkerchief edgings is from the re-printed ‘tatting 2 more doilies and edges’.

Details on how to enter: The books in the prize pack have some of my favourite tatting patterns in them. In the comments below on the blog or on this facebook post please let me know–  What is your favourite tatting pattern at the moment? 

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 February 4th, 2018 at 4pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) – so you have over a week to enter.

Looking forward to reading your comments 🙂

Best of luck and happy tatting

Fiona T

**I have purchased all of these books personally. There is no business motive for this giveaway. Three of the items are second hand books, and have some wear as expected with vintage/second hand pattern books. Each comment on the blog and facebook page will count as a separate entry. The order of comments will be noted and my son will choose the winner using a random number generator. The giveaway is open to all followers with an address I can post to. I will contact the winner via email/facebook messenger and announce on the facebook page and blog, you will have three days to respond otherwise the prize will be re-drawn.

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Sending tatted squares to Brussels

There are a couple of big events happening in the international world of tatting at the moment. One is Jane’s Tat It and See game, which I have blogged about here a few days ago. The other is a new idea, Cathy from Brussels has invited the tatting community to contribute 10,000 tatted squares to be stitched together to cover a brussels monument later in 2018, during the world lace congress. To find out more about Cathy’s idea and get involved yourself, these links may help: http://www.canarithy.be/cinema.php and Cathy’s facebook page:  www.facebook.com/canarithy

Those who follow my page on facebook have already seen the progress of my squares. I managed to make nineteen squares from the skein of pink hand dyed #20 thread I bought from Alenalea. I usually work in #40 or #50 thread, so it was great that I could just buy a small amount (70m) to use for this special event. I posted them to Brussels yesterday, and hope they will get to Cathy in the next couple of weeks. I’ll keep an eye on her facebook page, as she has been putting up photos of the squares as they arrive to her.

There has also been a great discussion over at craftree.com as some tatters are trying other square patterns, and adapting them to be the size Cathy has stipulated.There is someone working on a Norma Benporath square to share. This has made for interesting reading and if I had more time I would love to play with an older pattern too.

Are you following along with these projects? Perhaps you are contributing too? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Jane’s 2018 TIAS begins 

Well it’s that time of year again, Jane Eborral has just launched the 2018 Tat It And See (TIAS).

Here is the link for the Day 1 pattern https://janeeborall.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/day-1.html

And a link to the TIAS blog, so you can follow along as people progress: https://tatitandsee.blogspot.com.au/ 

For those who are new: the TIAS is a pattern which Jane shares in little parts every few days. What we are actually making is a mystery, which leads to a guessing game along side the pattern release.  Jane encourages us to take pictures as we go along and send them into her to share on the TIAS blog. It is a wonderful international event for tatters. You can pick up your shuttles and join in too!

Here is my work so far:

Have you joined in with the TIAS before?

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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