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A pattern won and made.

The winner of the 1,000 likers on facebook prize, Janis, received her craft pack recently. Here is a quick picture of what ended up in the pack. I included a purple birch ‘joke’ shuttle and a few other little surprises too. It is lovely to share the crafting fun with everyone. Next giveaway will be at 1,500 likers. Again- thanks to everyone for following – it is so much fun to have you with me on my crafting journey 🙂

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Around the time of my own 1,000 likes giveaway recently, I entered a giveaway on Dearest Debi’s facebook page.  I was one of the winners,  and was given a code to select three of Debi’s crochet patterns from ravelry for free!  I was really excited- she has some lovely patterns.  Here is one I selected- flower bud granny octagon. I have just sat down and made this now,  and the pattern was pretty easy to follow (I made the usual substitutions from US pattern terms to the ones I am familiar with), and I am really pleased with the results.

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Thanks for the patterns Debi, I look forward to trying the others I downloaded very soon.
Until next time,  happy crafting
Fiona T

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Merry Christmas and a Handkerchief finished

First of all – Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  It was a hot Christmas day today in Melbourne, and I had a lovely day with my family. Best wishes from my family to yours!

It took a couple of extra days than I had anticipated,  but I have just finished this handkerchief edging. Adapted from a Mary Konior pattern “gossip” this pretty but not too frilly edging was started in February 2015. I began by crocheting the edge with the Lizbeth size 80 “country purple lt” thread.  It is the first time I have attached tatting to the crochet edge – partly because I have only recently learned to crochet,  and previously I had tatted edgings directly onto the hanky and linen.  Last Saturday I found this UFO ( Un finished Object) in a bag with another project and decided to try and finish it by Christmas eve. I retro tatted the section I had miscounted, as I really wanted to finish this with continuous thread.  Unfortunately I was more tired than I anticipated this week,  so progress became slow in the evenings after promising progress last Saturday. There is only one join when the shuttle thread ran out on the last quarter of the handkerchief (grrr). Here are photos of the progress and finished item. 

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I wonder what you are creating at the moment?  Feel free to share in the comments or on Facebook.
Until next time- happy craftmas! 😉
Fiona T

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Angelinas with a bell

I recently caught up with some tatters in Melbourne for the last tat and chat for the year.  As always there was much hilarity and sharing of stories and craft supplies. It is lovely to be part of such a generous and fun loving group.  Two of the gifts I came home with were this lovely bauble and a bag of little bells.

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I decided to use one of the little bells to anchor the head bead on the Angelina pattern.

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The items are ready to assemble.

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Excuse the “rude” angle ☺. You can see how I’ve bent the pin to hold the bell in place and secure the pin. 

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Another angle to give a sense of how this was attached.

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The finished Angelina ready to post!
Until next time,  happy tatting! 
Fiona T

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Giveaway Winner 1,000 likes

Just a quick blog post to let you all know the winner of the random craft giveaway: it’s Janis Wakeley 🙂 Congratulations Janis, please contact me through https://www.facebook.com/One-Mad-Tatter-239600219420054/ at facebook to organise delivery of your craft pack.

I had a bit more of a tidy up today and found these knitted friends, stashed away. I had always been a crafty girl and all of these little characters were made when I was between 15 and 21. They still bring a smile to my face.

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In the top left we have Miranda- made at school when I was in Year 10 as part of a sewing class. Next to her is Jemima, from the Australian ABC kids show “Play School”. Then in the middle row we have Wedding mouse, Mummy duck, White rabbit and piggy, while in the front row kitten and panda round out the ‘Jean Greenhowe’ patterns I was knitting at the time.

Next I will be onto Christmas tatting and finishing off those projects I intended as presents- so more eye candy next time 🙂

Until then, happy tatting

Fiona T

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1,000 likers give away

For those wondering, my sister had her beautiful baby girl 2 weeks ago. I can hardly wait to snap some pictures of her in her coordinated hats and bootees 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes so many of you sent through 🙂

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The facebook page has been at over 1,000 likes for a couple of weeks now. I recall this time last year when we went from 400 to 500 likes in November- so to double the number of followers over 12 months is fabulous for a hobby page! (Well, I think so anyway 🙂 ) Thanks for following my crafty adventures. At the end of this post will be the instructions for the giveaway entry, and the picture above shows part of the craft pack I will send- at present there is a vintage book, 2 skeins of hand dyed thread and a white Japanese clover shuttle. I have tried to keep it small and flat to hopefully reduce postage if the winner is not based in Australia. As always, this craft pack comes from my ‘stash’ and I have purchased all items myself- I received no endorsement or donation from any business for any of these items, nor do I have any business motive for this blog or the facebook page. I do hope to include a couple of other flat items in the package to ‘surprise’ the winner 🙂

I have yet to use the White clover type shuttles- but hope they are a dream to use like the plastic tortoise shell version. These post shuttles are just the right size for my hands and hold a good amount of thread.

Another new shuttle I bought was from a tip off from Liyarra, that Spotlight (our craft warehouse type store) had new Birch shuttles in stock, and they were purple! Well, I don’t need much encouragement when something is purple, so I went and bought some to try. The old version of the Birch shuttles were red with a hook and black bobbin, and were good to use but were terribly noisy. Below is a picture of the new shuttle type from Birch in it’s box- and you can see already that there is a bit of a ‘joke’ happening here. It is a clover style shuttle, but has a bobbin! The bobbin doesn’t have any purpose of course. The package also states it is a clear shuttle…well- we can see that it is in fact purple… and on the back of the box a bobbin type shuttle is pictured and it states ‘instructions enclosed’, and both of these claims are untrue. The shuttle itself is OK to use, it is very light and small. I haven’t really used it for long enough to know if it is my new favourite over my Pryms and Tortoise shell clovers….or my thumb shuttles….see I have lots of favourites 🙂 purple birch shuttle.jpgBack of birch shuttle package.jpg

So, now that my year has settled down a little, I have time to manage a giveaway. My son, LittleTacker has come up with the ‘question’. So, in the comments below – please tell us what your favourite shuttle (or needle) is and why? 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 November 29th, at approx 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) – so you have just over a week to enter.

I look forward to sharing your shuttle (or needle) stories.

As always- happy tatting 🙂

Fiona T

 

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More progress on knitting

Well, I think I have just about finished the stockpile of knitting to gift to a few close friends and family expecting babies in the coming months.

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I have enjoyed my knitting (and crochet) frenzy, but am starting to miss my tatting. I hope to get back to the bookmark pattern I was adapting into a doiley very soon, and share my progress with you too.
Until next time, happy crafting.
Fiona T

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Holiday Tatting

A couple of weeks ago we were on holiday in Queensland, enjoying the beautiful weather and tourist trail. I took the opportunity to work more on the Mystery Doily, and progressed from round 2 to 6 in the time we were away. Here are some photos of my progress, on the plane and at our accommodation. 2015-06-28 11.13.26_resized  2015-07-02 12.16.42_resized I have been challenging myself by using split chains and split rings to climb out of rows, and reduce the need to cut and tie each round. This was fine, until I ran out of thread on my shuttle with one final ring to complete in round 5.2015-07-04 10.49.05_resized Some quick thinking, and I was able to use the ball thread to make my rings, the Shoe Lace Trick (SLT) to swap between the threads, and the small amount of shuttle thread as the core of the chain. Phew- I made it 🙂

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Until next time, Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Tray cloth project

Another ebay find, this tray cloth had been embroidered and has a crochet lacey edge. In the ebay picture I want sure if it was tatted or not, and it turns out, it’s not!

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It has now been added to my ever lengthening list of projects. I will remove the crochet edge and replace it with a tatted edge….eventually 🙂
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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New Thumb Shuttles have arrived!

Very excited about the mail that arrived today. Along with a new issue of “mollie makes” magazine, the wooden thumb shuttles I ordered from ebay arrived too. They look lovely, and I hope too wind them soon to make a motif or two. I’ll let you know how they go 🙂

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Hopefully you can see in the picture how small they are, very delicate.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Wow … that few weeks went fast …

This wonderful project will be presented to the public from today! I hope to see this fabulous project in Melbourne over the ANZAC weekend. I am so happy to have a small part in this community project- and commemorate the ANZACs. Lest we forget.

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Good morning poppy friends.

We are now into our final week of organisation before the big event next week.

11062341_900324396677548_6634209880454863734_nFor the past two years we have been collecting your beautiful poppies for what promises to be the most spectacular community event on the Anzac Centenary Calendar, and for the past eight weeks we have been working solidly on the physical display … it has taken every ounce of energy and every second of our time and the help of many hundreds of volunteers to get to where we are today… we have constructed 80 – 10 x 1 metre panels of poppies (800 square metres)  on nets and a further 14 panels  – 2 x 1 metre panels of non yarn poppies … They are absolutely beautiful … works of art and so imbued with our respect and gratitude for our servicemen and women and their families … It has…

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