Tatting along-Serwetka Arleta

At the moment I am tatting a sweet little pattern from Laura Bziukiewicz which she has shared through a facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/983262432055451/?active_tab=discussion

You will need to join the facebook event and message Laura for the pattern if you would like to tat along too.

It is a nice pattern for a beginner, and I have levelled it up a little by using split chains to climb out of rows. I am working on round four now, and it is coming along nicely.

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Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.

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Round two of Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.

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Round three Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.

Laura has also released a few patterns on her facebook page, all of them look lovely. I hope to finish this one soon so I can try another that has caught my eye. Thank you Laura for sharing your talents with all of us!

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Lego block baby blanket

Welcome back. As long-time followers will know I enjoy multiple crafts, not just tatting. I always have several projects on the go, and will choose to work on different projects each day depending on my mood, energy level and if there is a deadline for a project. In last week’s post, I spoke about choosing two baby blankets to make for my new Nephew.  In addition to the knitted colourful wedges pattern, I also wanted to take the opportunity to make this crochet Lego style blanket: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lego-block-blanket-2 . It is a paid pattern by Bethany Miller which I tracked down on Ravelry. The individual blocks are made with a moss stitch to ensure even edges, making the blocks quite elastic.  It took a few trials (read: most of September and October) to find the right stitch count for the yarn I was using. I am using milk cotton from OzYarn, which I chose as it had the best bright colour range for this style of blanket.

Here is an image of my progress so far, I’m about a third of the way through:

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As well as learning two new stitches- the chainless foundation (aka Foundation Single Crochet- FSC) and the moss stitch -this project is also an opportunity to work on my tension/gauge with crochet. I have had quite a few frogging episodes where the end of a longer block is shorter than the foundation, and so I have had to rework the sections. I also needed to note down the hook size I used for the round buttons on the blocks, as the ones I began to make for the blue blocks varied in size from those in the red. I am experimenting with different hook sizes and am sure I’ll figure out the right size and tension soon.

Overall, I am enjoying making this blanket and hope to have it completed by April/May before our winter here in Australia. I hope the colourful wedges blanket will also be completed by then. I’ll just keep chipping away, a little each day.

Until next time, happy crafting,

Fiona T

 

 

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Learning new techniques- Colourful wedges baby blanket

When we found out during 2019 that a new baby nephew was on the way we were very excited. As usual, I searched for some cool patterns to make for the new arrival. After a few hours of searching, I found two I really liked, and this is one of them. The colourful wedges baby blanket from Purl Soho: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2016/06/06/colorful-wedges-baby-blanket/

This blanket uses garter stitch and wrapped short rows to great effect. I ordered Bendigo Wool Mills Imperial 8Ply for this project, it is a blend of wool, alpaca and silk. It has a lovely drape and beautiful muted colours, perfect in my mind for a modern baby blanket.

Practising the short row wrapping before beginning this baby blanket- colourful wedges baby blanket from Purl Soho

With the recent very hot weather I was able to organise my yarn stash and begin the blanket. I decided to work the alternate wedges in grey, so this blanket doesn’t just have to be a baby blanket. The second blanket pattern I liked is also in progress, and I will share that next time.

The first 2 and a bit wedges on this baby blanket. BWM 8ply imperial - wool, alpaca and silk blend.

The first 2 and a bit wedges on this baby blanket. BWM 8ply imperial – wool, alpaca and silk blend.

You may recognise the colours, as I have used the same yarn to make a crocheted dress for my niece…which is also nearly finished.

What kinds of things do you make for new arrivals?

Until next time, happy crafting

Fiona T

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Happy New Year 2020- review of 2019 tatting

Happy New Year! I thought I would spend a few minutes uploading some images to review my craft adventures during 2019. I really didn’t think I had done too much crafting, as I was teaching, finishing my PhD thesis, spending time with family and friends and we also got a puppy. It seems I managed to squeeze in a fair bit of crafting though! The photos below show a wide range of fibre crafts I have begun, and many I have completed. In looking through these images, there are a couple of projects I had forgotten about too…like the Mary Konior Spinning Glass mats experiments, and a monthly bookmark challenge I set myself. I am pleased that I have been able to blog semi-regularly and managed to have a giveaway too. I hope 2020 will see regular posts, and that I can share more of my creative ideas with you all too.

I hope your year has been filled with great things, including crafty fun. I also want to wish you all the best for 2020. Many thanks for following, as always happy crafting,

Fiona T

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Winner of spring craft give-away

A huge thanks to everyone who follows my blog here at One Mad Tatter- it was lovely reading your comments about spring. Also, thanks for your support and good wishes for my studies 🙂

I have used the random number generator to select the winner of the prizes. The winners are:

Australian/NZ prize: Linda B- check your email to receive the prize pack which includes some of AlenAleaDesign’s thread, 70m of size 40 “Crystalyne” colour, a brand new Dreamlit posted bobbin tatting shuttle in Amethyst Petals colour and a craft/mystery novel “A Tangled Yarn” by Betty Hechtman.

International prize: Elizabeth Birmingham- Check your email and I will organise for the October Pack from Alenalea designs on Etsy to be sent to you.

Thanks to everyone who commented, here and on facebook too.

Now- back to the blog 🙂

I have been getting back into my craft again over the last few weeks. I completed the multi-coloured version of Linda Davies’ “Oval doily in Ecru”, and like it so much I have begun a second one in a size 50 Altin Basak Fuschia colour. I began the first one as a challenge with a new shuttle gifted to me, I wanted to see how far I could get without refilling the shuttle. It turned out that I needed two full shuttle loads to complete this doily. I used Alenalea Size 20 thread in Jewel colour.

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Oval Doily in Ecru (Linda Davies) made in Jewel thread by Onemadtatter

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Oval Doily in Ecru (Linda Davies) about to be made in Fuchsia thread by Onemadtatter

I was also lucky enough to have a short holiday in regional Victoria a  couple of weeks ago with my family, staying for a few days at the beautiful town of Bendigo. We had a relaxing time, and I managed to also visit the Bendigo Wool Mills factory shop. This factory shop (known as the back room) had amazing offerings, including a lot of yarn which they don’t sell on the website (where I often purchase from). Below are a few pictures from our holiday, including the yarn I bought and our puppy.

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Woman standing outside a factory sales shop front with two bags

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Many balls of wool packed into a carry on bag

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Cairn Terrier puppy sitting on concrete

So, that updates what I have been doing over the last few weeks. Until next time, happy crafting!

Fiona T

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Spring 2019 Craft Give-away

Well, the last few months have been very busy at our house. I submitted my PhD thesis for examination in August, and the time since my last blog post (which wordpress tells me was March) is a blur.  It is Spring here in Australia and I feel like I am waking up along with the flowers.  I particularly enjoy the smell of wattle in the warming air as I leave the house in the morning, and seeing the iris’ blooming in my garden.

To celebrate this milestone for my studies, I am running a craft giveaway*. I have been buying things and putting them aside over the last year, and coming up with ideas for both local (Australia/NZ) and International prizes for you lovely followers of my blog. As I clean up the ‘backroom’ I am also discovering that I have doubled up on a few books, the first of which will be part of the Australian Prize pack. Others will form giveaways leading up to Christmas.

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Image of the Australian prize in the onemadtatter giveaway October 2019. Image of a book, a tatting shuttle and thread in similar purple and blue tones.

The Australian Prize pack includes some of AlenAleaDesign’s thread, 70m of size 40 “Crystalyne” colour, a brand new Dreamlit posted bobbin tatting shuttle in Amethyst Petals colour and a craft/mystery novel “A Tangled Yarn” by Betty Hechtman. I have been enjoying Betty’s novels over the last few years as an escape from academic reading. The copy I am giving away was a “double-up” as I accidentally pre-ordered two of these books- so the winner will receive a brand new, unread book. 

The International Prize will be an AlenAleaDesign monthly pack. This will be the October Pack, which will be released later this week. It will be mailed to the winner of the international prize.

Now, how to enter. Comment below on this post, or on this post’s thread at the Onemadtatter Facebook page. If you comment in both places, you have two chances to enter.  Both Facebook and WordPress usually tell me which country you reside in- so this shouldn’t be a problem when I make up the lists of commenters for the random number generator to choose from.  I will draw the winners using a random number generator on Sunday, October 6th, at 4pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDST). I will email the winner directly, as well as announcing on the blog and facebook page. If I don’t hear back from the winner in four days, I will re-draw the name for that prize.

So let’s start sharing, to enter a comment to let us know what your favourite thing about Spring is (Even if it isn’t Spring in your part of the world.) Mine is the change in the air temperature, the scent of wattle and the colourful Irises popping up in my garden. 

As always, happy crafting

Fiona T

*I am giving away craft items which I have purchased. I will also pay for postage of the items to the winners. The international prize is also purchased by me and posted to the winner by arrangement with the Vendor. Aside from supporting local vendors, I have no business motive on this blog, or through this giveaway. Onemadtatter is my hobby blog and a place where I share my love of all things craft.

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Pretty blue doily edge finished

This lovely little doily just needs the ends sewn in and a little blocking. It is from a Russian translation of an Italian book, gifted to me by a kind friend.

Blue doily edge. From Russian/Italian pattern. Size 50 Altin basak blue thread paired with Lizbeth 40 rainbow taffy.

Blue doily edge. From Russian/Italian pattern. Size 50 Altin basak blue thread paired with Lizbeth 40 rainbow taffy.

This has been my standby project, so I will need to find something else to have in its place.

Edit: here is an image of the book cover, as requested in the comments.

I haven’t been tatting very much this year as I have been time crocheting and knitting. One of the bigger pieces I made was a crocheted item for a commissioned yarn bombing at a shopping centre. It was a fun project to be part of.

I do miss my shuttles though, so I hope to have some of the new coloured threads on my shuttle soon to share some eye candy with you.

Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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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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