Doily Clock in planning

Last week I had the bright idea to make the 12 pointed starlight doily into a clock.  I went to the local spotlight (craft store in Australia) this week, and found the parts I needed.  While there wasn’t a huge choice,  there was a variety in size of the clock face and hands to fit this small doily. 

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We recently painted a chest of drawers and have some white paint left, so I will paint the board white and then mount the doily and the clock mechanisms.  I wonder what the best way to attach it will be? Maybe hot glue? Hmmm… do you have any ideas?  Please let me know in the comments or on facebook :).
Until next time
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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Star light doily tat along

During March one of the Facebook tatting pages had a tat along using the vintage pattern of the starlight doily.  I had a lovely pale green Altin Basak size 40 thread that seemed perfect for this.  It was lovely to tat,  the pattern was not to complex.  I adapted the first few rounds to be done with continuous thread method (CTM).

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I was showing it to my best friend on the weekend,  as I had it out drying from being blocked. My friend thought it was lovely enough for a frame.  I agreed, then had a brain wave, this could be made into a clock!  It has 12 points, so would work easily if I added a clock mechanism and mount it.  I have long admired the clocks on pintrest made from upcycled doilies. So another project had been added to my list for crafting.
I wonder when a brain wave has led to an interesting adaptation of a crafty project for you? 
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Leaf Doily takes shape

Over the last 12 months I have been working periodically on this leaf doily for my sister. You may remember that I improvised a BeStitched bookmark pattern by Nancy Tracey, into this doily. It is made in size 40 Altin Basak thread.  After getting some advice about how to finish it from the tat and chat group, I decided to try it. I wasn’t sure if this chain based edging would work. .. it could become a little loopy. So I have just blocked it lightly to see how it turns out.

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It could be ok once it is dry, if not I will cut away the chains and try another of the many options put to my by the tat and chat group. Then I will finally be able to give it to my sister. ..before her kitchen colour scheme changes I hope! 
I wonder if you have improvised a pattern before,  how did it turn out?  Were there ‘back to the drawing board’ moments? 
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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Back to a special doily

Tonight  is the first night in quite a few weeks I have felt awake enough to pick up this ufo I began last year. I adapted the BeStitched leaf bookmark into a doily, and have been very slow to improvise the final rounds to make an edging. Tonight I sat with my plan and forged ahead to complete the first round and have started the second round.  It will need to be blocked, but I hope it will look elegant and modern rather than ruffled… I guess time (and tatting) will tell.

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If I really don’t like it I will cut it away and try one of the other suggestions from the clever ladies at our tat and chat. Having said that,  I do hope to finish it soon and gift it to one of my lovely sisters. 

This is the first real pattern I have improvised, so am trying to keep notes in case I want to replicate it.  Let’s see how it goes! 
Have you improvised a pattern?
 
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Merriment Doily Finished

Well, this time last week I was winding my shuttles with thread to start this doily. Tonight it is finished. 

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It was a lovely pattern,  with not too complicated joins at the end. The Merriment doily,  by Jon Youseff is made above in size 40 Alenalea thread in winter rainbow.  I do like how Jon designs her patterns. They are easy to follow and the repeats make sense. The doilies are often made in one pass too- so one shuttle fill and away we go. 

I am not sure what project to do next.  I might get out a tatting WIP (aka UFO) …. and I do have to finish a knitted kina project and the crochet owl hat too- that pattern had my brain in a tangle!  Hmmm… perhaps I should empty these shuttles first ☺.
Until next time
Happy tatting/crafting
Fiona T

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Merriment doily tat along

I have started the merriment doily tat along,  running for March on the Tatting facebook page. This is a lovely pattern from Jon Youseff,  completed in one round.  I am using a beautiful size 40, hand dyed Alenalea thread- winter rainbow for this item. 

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I have only worked on it for two nights,  for less than an hour each time.  The tat along goes for the whole month,  so I am sure I will get it completed for the group sharing. 
I wonder what project you are chipping away at? 
Until next time,  happy tatting
Fiona T

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Progress on the TIAS 2016

Jane’s Tat it and See (TIAS) is in full swing.  Here is my work on days 1-8.

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I wonder what it will be!  Pop over to tatitandsee.blogspot.co.uk and join the fun.  It’s never too late to start ☺.

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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