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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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Prizes received 2018

The winners of the 2,000 likers, Grace and Nancy, have both received their prizes over the last week.

I did add a couple of little things to the parcels -some beads, fruit tea and a balloon. Both recipients were excited to get these, and I am happy they arrived too. I can’t wait to see what Grace and Nancy make with the thread.

I’ve been crocheting some gifts lately, and hope to share these projects with you soon.

Until next time happy tatting

Fiona T

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2,000 likers give-away winner

Well, I may be a couple of hours late with the announcement. It was great reading all of your stories of waiting for various crafting things, so thanks to the 173 entrants! Also, thanks to likers, new and existing, who are following my crafting journey- I really enjoy being part of this community 🙂

The two winners of the random give-away for 2,000 likers are:

Grace Elizabeth Atkinson and Nancy Kimbrell.

Please message me with your address through either WordPress or Facebook “one mad tatter” page, and I will post your tatting parcel as soon as possible. 20180816_153611_wm.jpg

Until next time,

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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I’m tired of waiting: Tatting give away August 2018

Well, a few weeks ago I was planning a giveaway when the onemadtatter facebook page reached 2,000 likers. Facebook has done some weird things, and the number of likes seems to rise, then one or two drop off… so I’m tired of waiting!

My giveaways always aim to be inclusive for all of my followers, and it is in that spirit that I am now launching the ‘pre-two-thousand followers tatting give away’.

So, to enter you will need to like the facebook page, comment on the blog, or the facebook page, and tell me about a craft experience you felt you waited a long time for. It may have been a pattern in snail mail, that pretty shuttle you had to save for or a large project you thought you may never finish!

Each comment and share will give you a number in the random draw. The giveaway is open to anyone across the world so long as you have a postal address. I have two identical tatting kits to giveaway, so there will be two winners. Here is a picture of the kits:

Each kit has a packet of 5 plastic shuttles, and a skein of AlenaleaTatting’s size 20 thread in her ‘magic’ colourway. You have until Sunday, August 26th 2018 at 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time for your comment to be counted into the giveaway.

So, please like, share and comment. I look forward to reading your stories-I can hardly wait! I’ll let you know when we get to 2,000 likes lol.

Until next time

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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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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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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