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
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
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. 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. 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 🙂
I am still chipping away at round 6. More progress reports as it is made 🙂
Until next time, Happy Tatting
I was recently gifted some variegated pink Coats cotton, and a lovely hand decorated shuttle (Thanks Sam, from Rogue Threads) so, of course, I abandoned my Jan S doily and started another doily! I have been wanting to make Marilee Rockley’s Arches doily for a while, so started straight away! While I am not happy south my tension in the round I have just completed, I think this is a really clever pattern. It is also easy to keep track of the stitch counts (well, much easier than I have been finding the Jan S doily recently).
I will block this over the weekend, and redo the last 2 rounds if I need to correct the tension.
Oh, here is the gorgeous shuttle too:
Until next time, happy tatting
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 🙂
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.
Just before New Year Liyarra, over at the Facebook “Tatting” page, suggested the Amusement doily as a tat along – she and another tatter were keen to start it and it seems a number of us were looking for a holiday project too. The emerging conversation is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tatting/permalink/10152443252606846/ (you may need to join the group to read the conversation). The link to the original pattern (in the way back machine- internet archive) Amusement. I have had fun tatting this doily, I was looking for a project and when this popped up on facebook I used the shuttles I had wound (just waiting for a project) and began this. It is a nice pattern- quick to work up. So quick I decided to make two of these doilies for my Mum, as they match the colours in one of her smocking samplers. Here are my pictures of work so far- I hope to finish the pink version by tomrrow…and have an idea for one more colour scheme, not purple 🙂 So- do you think you would like to join us? It would be great to see more of these made- what colour will you choose?
Until next time, happy tatting,
Updated 7 Dec 2014- I have now heard from Tracy W. Congratulations Tracy- I will send the craft pack to you ASAP this week.
I’m still waiting to hear from one of the 3 craft pack winners from the blog- Winnie, Tracy Winsor or Helen. The first of you three ladies to get in touch with me (Through FB or Craftsy) will get the pack. If I don’t hear soon, I will redraw…
Here is a photo of the beginning of Morimoto’s Space Dyed Doily. It is made in Lizbeth size 40 – Scottish Thistle and Light Mauve.
I started this doily quite a while ago now, and was ready to add row 5. The blocker was that the 8 little motifs needed their ends sewn, as row 5 connects row 4 and these motifs. As I am in ‘recovery’ mode from attending an interstate conference last week, I took some time in the afternoon to sew in those pesky ends. In the evening I was able to concentrate enough to work out row 5, and completed it in approx 1.5 hours. Morimoto’s patterns are lovely, and look to be at beginner level. This one was slightly more advanced, as the usual RW after a chain was not followed. If I was to make this doily again, I would use 2 shuttles, wound CTM (Continuous Thread Method), rather than the recommended shuttle and ball CTM. This would make the rings sit easier as they would be ‘thrown’ rings, rather than shuttle rings (I felt like I was twisting the thread where it wouldn’t naturally want to go). Below is a picture of the finished row 5, attaching row 4 and the motifs.
Today I will begin to add in motif B, attaching to row 5 and the motifs already attached. Hopefully I will complete this doily this week. I often talk about ‘blockers’ and avoided a number of doilies that are made mostly of motifs, as I know I put off sewing in the ends. I wonder what some of your ‘craft’ blockers are?
Until next time, Happy Tatting 🙂
I just finished sewing in the ends of this lovely doily. It is made in size 50 altin basik green,which is a beautiful thread to tat with. I used my new pop-a-bobbin for most of this, and a prym for the last few motifs on the edge. The pattern is from Paragon tatting book 112, pg 9 occaisional doily. It fits perfectly on grandma’s small sandwich plate!
Perhaps pink would be a better colour…bit I think it’s lovely.
until next time, happy tatting