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TIAS fun with Jane

Well, I know it is January as it is super hot here in Melbourne, the tennis is on and I am tatting the TIAS.  Every year for the last few years Jane Eborall has run a Tat it and see ( TIAS) on her blog. It has become something I really look forward to. It is fun for a few  of reasons, as the pattern is split up and released over a couple of weeks no-one but Jane and her test tatters know what it is, so it is a mystery. It also becomes a guessing game that tatters across the world get invovled in. There is a great sense of the international tatting community in this yearly event. Thanks Jane for all of the effort you put in to make sure this is such a fun and welcoming event. 

Here are some pictures of my work so far, day 1, 2 and 3. I am using altin basak green size 50 thread left over from the collar I made recently:

I’m really not sure what it is yet…my current guess is a horse…let’s see what day 4’s pattern brings.  

Until next time, happy tatting!

Fiona T 

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Winner update and TIAS

​Thanks to everyone who entered my recent give away, the winners have both received their prizes and so I can show you the craft pack the Australian winner received. 

In other news, Jane Eborall has announced the TIAS  (Tat it and see) and it will be in multiple languages. I look forward to taking part in the fun again. Here is the link https://janeeborall.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/introduction-to-tias.html?m=1 
Until next time

Happy tatting 

Fiona T

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Happy Easter, and some ebay ‘wins’

Happy Easter to all my followers and readers at onemadtatter!  I have been trying to balance my crafting time with work and study.
Spending time on the craftsy online class yesterday saw the production of 2 daisy picot pendants. I am much happier with the green one,  possibly because the beads are smaller and sit better.  Both are made in size 40 threads,  emptying other shuttles. 

I also had some shuttles arrive from an ebay ‘win’- the highly sought Milward shuttle, and a white plastic shuttle (advertised as bone… but definitely plastic), and a Judith Conor book that I had only seen at my library years ago.  Lots of great info in this one! 

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Best wishes for the Easter season, until next time,  happy tatting!
Fiona T

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Online class

A while ago,  during a craftsy sale, I bought access to Marilee’s “Next steps in shuttle tatting” online class.  I have watched through a couple of classes during January and printed the class materials. Finally on Thursday evening I decided to load up my shuttles and beads and get started.  I learned how to do Catherine Wheel joins – a technique I had always converted to lock joins in the past. After watching Marilee and a couple of tries I now realize the difference in the joins and am very pleased with the effect. 

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I also like the convenience of this format of classes- the sequence and included materials are a new approach for me.  In the past I have worked somewhat randomly with YouTube and the online tatting classes Georgia Seitz runs, as a just in time learning tool for a specific technique.  All are fabulous resources too, with great flexibility.

I wonder which formats you like to learn through, and if you have been surprised with a particular product?
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Summer projects

I have been enjoying my summer holiday this year,  relaxing with my family and having some time to focus on study too. Of course there has been a fair bit of crafting, so here is a quick update on the tatting.
First, I finally made a start on the starlight doily tat along at Craftree.  I am nearly up to the final chain round.

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I have also just started Jane’s Tat it and see (TIAS). I was a little late starting this year, so I did the first three days in one sitting. I am using Lizbeth size 40 thread, in a mauve colour- I have lost the card with the number and colour.

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At this stage I have little idea what it could be. It is worth popping over to the blog to give it a try and read through guesses from around the world too. Are you taking part this year? It’s never too late to join in 🙂
I have also been working on a few other projects,  but more about them next time.
Until then,  happy tatting
Fiona T

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An Iris Niebach pattern and Hand dyed thread

Here is my most recently finished tatting piece. It is a small doily designed by Iris Niebach- Beatrice from her Tatted Doilies book. I really like that it is made in one pass- though I did have to refill my shuttle 3 times- the last time to make the final 3 small rings- that was a bit annoying.  The thread is beautiful to work with, and was hand made by a local talented tatter and Etsy store owner- Lea (& facebook link). It is size 40 thread, but I have lost the tag with the name of the dyelot colour. Liyarra mentioned that this particular pattern is notorious for being difficult- but aside from my own inattention (creating the need to retro tat) I had no problems with this pattern using this thread. 

Iris Niebach- Beatrice design

Iris Niebach- Beatrice design

I have 2 other colours of thread that I bought from Lea too- a lovely green and a blend called “crocus” which is mauve and yellow. I wonder what I will make with them? The next thing I want to do is finish a table centre for another of my sisters- so I will get back to that this evening I hope. I will share more progress on that next time. 

Until next time, Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Blog link: Double Shuttle Bobbin

I am a big fan of tatting shuttles, there is something majestic about them- such a simple object can make beautiful lace. On facebook, I am a member of the Tatting Shuttle addicts group, and there is a lot of eye candy and also inspiration for new ideas. One example of a potentially great idea is the double bobbin shuttle. I don’t have one, but recalled this blog from one of my online tatting design friends who had made her own and documented the process. Food for thought, take a look:Double Shuttle Bobbin | Spare Moments Stitching.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Clear Clover shuttles from Japan

I love getting packages, and yesterday two arrived! One was a magazine I found on ebay, and the other was from Japan, and held some very special shuttles. The Anna magazine was published in 1998, and is an English translation of the German publication. There are quite a few tatting patterns here, which was a lovely surprise.

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The clear, white and “tortoise shell” plastic shuttles were purchased online the weekend before last from aphyu-tatting in Japan. It was very tempting to buy some books also, but international postage and my inability to read Japanese led me to decide just to purchase shuttles.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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500 Likes giveaway- OneMadTatter

Woo Hoo- 500 likes over on Facebook! Welcome to our newest likers. That means it is time for a giveaway. This time I am running it just through facebook comments, that way I can contact the winner easily (I hope) 😀 So, while the details are here, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Mad-Tatter/239600219420054 to like and comment to enter.

I recently re-discovered Marilee’s Etsy Yarnplayer store…and have bought a pattern of hers via download- so easy I wanted to share the excitement. Marilee also has beautiful hand-dyed thread and jewellery available through her store. The prize for this giveaway is up to $AU30 from Marilee Rockley’s https://www.etsy.com/au/people/yarnplayer [You will send me the selection you would like and I will pay for it and organise for Marilee post it to you] There is only one prize this time for international postage.

For my likers in Australia- you can be in the draw above, and also be in a second draw- for a copy of Ben Fikkert’s Floriade book. This highly sought after book has recently been reprinted and my copies arrived a short time ago. Please include the country ‘Australia’ in your response on the OneMadTatter Facebook page.

So- to the competition question- I would like to know the most exciting craft purchase you have made! Maybe it is a pattern download? Perhaps some thread? A highly sought after book (Mary Kinior 🙂 )? One of my top 5 would be my sewing cabinet, and another in the short list would be Rebecca Jone’s “complete book of tatting” that i stumbled across at a craft store and helped me ‘get’ the flip!   🙂 Share your most exciting craft purchase on the OneMadTatter Facebook page and you are in the draw 🙂

I can’t wait to hear/read your answers, good luck- until next time Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Three times as Amusing- my finished Amusement doilies

Here is a picture of my three finished Amusement doilies, made as part of a tat along on Facebook. These doilies are quite quick to make up, and as I have been on holidays I was able to work on them for more time each day than I usually do. I made two as ‘twins’ with colours my mum has in a smocked sampler above the table these are made for (The colours on the ‘twin’ doilies are Altin Basik size #50, and Ecru is Milford Mercerised size #40. The Pink and Brown doily has pink Milford mercerised size#40, while the brown is Lizbeth size #40, Mocha Brown dark). After doing the first 2 I really thought the section between row 2 and 3 looked like paw prints, so I made a third to show that idea! I wonder if you can see the cheeky/muddy paw prints on the otherwise ‘clean’ doily 🙂 3 finished ammusement doilies

This has been a very amusing journey! Did you join in this tat along? Have you completed another tat along- like Renuleks, perhaps? Feel free to add links to your blog/pictures in the comments below.

If you would like to be involved in the TIAS that Jane runs, the day 3 pattern segment was released – http://tatitandsee.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/day-3-now-available.html so pop over and have a look, it would be great to see what we make 🙂

Until next time, happy tatting.

Fiona T

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