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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.

5000 POPPIES

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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Secret project in progress.

I haven’t had much time to tat over the last couple of weeks. Work has been super busy, and my crafting time is very short. In the time I have had to craft I have been working on a super secret project for a family friend. It is a crochet project, and I am learning a lot as the pattern needed to be resized, and involved a few stitches I was not familiar with.

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Until next time, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter from One Mad Tatter- we have had a lovely Easter day here with family.

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I made, what are becoming a tradition, bunny cup cakes. This year I made some little chicks too. Very cute and very yummy- all from Super Food Ideas magazine.

I also got another set of shuttles cleared of thread, and finally made a pattern from one of Jon Yusoff’s gorgeous books: Elegant tatting gems. I have had Jon’s books for a long time, so it was nice to se how easy the pattern was to work. This one is Nilam, made in Lizbeth Scottish Thistle, no 40. Was nice to work, and all in one pass too!

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I hope you have had a good weekend too.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Jan Stawasz book- a first for my collection

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I have been looking for these books for a while, and found them from a Polish supplier on Ebay. As I didn’t have any books/patterns by Jan, I decided to splurge on this book and it arrived just before Christmas.  Jan’s work is amazing- using simple elements to make eye catching designs. Each pattern seems to be very bold- and I have realised that he used size 10 thread for most items. The majority of my thread stash is size 40- so my work of his designs will be smaller. I think these would look lovely made from some of my Altin Basak solid coloured size 40 threads. I might just start one after the new year – it would be nice to have a big project that will span 2015 I think.

Happy New Year to all of you, and best wishes for a great crafting year for 2015.

Happy Crafting

Fiona T

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Slow progress, but I got distracted!

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Here is my progress so far on the Space dyed doily from Morimoto’s pattern. I said in my last post that it would be about a week when I would be finished. For long time followers of my blog, it may not be surprising that I got distracted!  I’m sure you will agree- I had good reason. Liyarra had kindly sent me a Milward Shuttle!  My very first one ever…So I had to test it out straight away. Thanks so much Liyarra- your kindness will be paid forward 🙂

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I found a vintage pattern that had a Milward Shuttle advertised in the same book, and decided to use this thread from my stash. The hem-stiched triangle was also from my stash, bought a long time ago, I recall that my Mum had a triangle plate, so set to crocheting and tatting this for her. I’m glad I have learned to crochet, as I can now add single crochet around the shape of the doily and then tat onto it. Many knowledgeable people on the tatting forums say that the tatting will outlast the cloth, so this option allows the tatting to be removed from the cloth and reattached to another cloth cut to the same size.

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Starting to take shape- this is how far I got on the first night. The shuttle was lovely to work with- light and smooth. image

Over a few days I made quick progress. The corners were a little tricky, as they aren’t 90 degrees like on a hanky. I think I figured out a good solution- without any retro tatting! Yay 🙂 image

So yesterday I finished this off. I think I like doing edgings- they are much quicker than whole doilies.

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It’s also a lovely time in the garden at the moment- here are my purple tiger roses in full bloom. There are about 12 flowers here, and they smell divine.

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So- back to the space dyed doily…I hope to have it finished soon to show you.

Until next time, happy tatting 🙂
Fiona T

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Jane’s TIAS 2015 announced.

What an exciting thing to wake up to, Jane has announced the start date and outline for the next Tat It And See (TIAS). Here is the link: http://janeeborall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ready-steady-not-yet.html

Will you join in the game in January? It is always lots of fun.
Fiona T

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An UnFinished Object finished.

This pattern was kindly donated by lacemaker mom, on etsy, for my last giveaway. I began to tat it in March, and then put it aside as a new book had arrived. I picked it up occasionally, working on the pretty edging. I found it again a few weeks ago, and worked on it while at a café with a friend….unfortunately when I got home I realised I had made 2 errors on joins. These errors meant the final repeat would not join without scrunching up the finished doily.

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Before the ‘café incident’.

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After the ‘café incident’…
So I had to cut away a big section:

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And rejoin.
With a bit of careful calculation I completed the last 2 pattern repeats without error. I did think the edge needed more green, so I ran a simple chain around the outside, mirroring the green on the inside row. This technique is adapted from “New Tatting” by Tomoko Morimoto- she uses this simple chain with great effect.

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I still need to block this, but I think it looks quite pretty.
The facebook page is up to just over 250 likers…so I will soon have a craft giveaway. Details soon!
Have you got a UFO on your radar to finish? Share below!
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Another ex-library tatting book

I finally found an ex-library copy of Judith Connors’ “Creative tatting with beads, shuttles and needle”. I bought it from ebay and it arrived in the post today.

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It is one of the first books I borrowed from my local library about tatting, but it is my first Judith Connors book in my collection. Very happy!
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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UFO- Tatted Bridge Set

A while ago I saw that Bella Online (Georgia Seitz’s site) was featuring Norma Benporath’s tatted Bridge Set and commemorating her work and distinctions. Here is the link: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182893.asp

It was lovely to read, and reminded me that I need to finish this bridge cloth, as I tatted the card motifs  from Norma’s design quite a while ago now. I have also trialled attaching a motif to cloth. I have since had my sewing machine serviced and really have no excuse to finish this UFO (Un Finished Object) in the coming months. Then I should learn to play bridge I suppose 🙂

Until next time

Happy Crafting 🙂

Fiona T

 

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