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Finishing lock down projects part 4

Hello again friends. I keep looking through my photo gallery and craft cupboard and finding more items I worked on last year. I will continue to blog them over the next few weeks. This week I’ll cast back to show a comparative project: the same pattern made in a plain and a variegated thread. The pattern is Linda. S. Davies “oval doily in Ecru” it uses split rings and split chains, reducing the number of ends to deal with. Link to Linda’s clever design here: http://toptattyhead.blogspot.com/http://toptattyhead.blogspot.com/ look on the right of the page for free pattern links, and click on oval doily. This will download the pdf instantly for you. Thanks Linda for an amazing pattern.

I made this variegated version a couple of years ago. I love it as it reminds me of confetti or fairy sprinkles. I blogged about the finished version here: https://onemadtatter.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/winner-of-spring-craft-give-away/

I have recently finished the solid colour version of this. The thread is altin basak 50 in a fuschia colour.

I like how both of these have turned out. I might try one with the combination of variegated and solid colours that I am starting to use on more of these larger doilies. The only problem will be when using a split ring to climb out of a round, the ring will be a combination of colours. I’m sure I can figure out a way around this problem, as I really like how the variegated thread can make the solid colour pop, like in this “Amanda” doily from Laura Bziukiewicz on face book.

Amanda doily pattern from Laura Bziukiewicz on Facebook, thread is size 40 variegated wildflower and solid lilac from AlenaLea tatting on Etsy.

I enjoyed making these doilies. As always, the joy of tatting is in the process; choosing thread and colours, choosing the right size and type of shuttle, winding the shuttle, beginning the rings and chains, feeling every stitch form under my fingers, sliding the stitches to make the ring, snugging up the stitches to get the chain to curve the right way, holding my breath to make sure the split rings or chains don’t knot as I make them, relief when I climb out with a faux picot, and when it is all complete that feeling of pride at the heirloom I have made. Then, the inevitable longing to start the next project and do it all again!

I wonder what aspects of tatting, or crafting, keep you enthralled?

Until next time, happy tatting

Fiona T

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Merry Christmas angelinas 2017

Merry Christmas to everyone who follows one mad tatter. Here is a picture of my Christmas tatting this year, some of Alenalea’s angelinas. The pattern is available from her etsy store. 

This year I made seven of these gorgeous ornaments for some very special people in my life. They stand at about 2.5cm high and are made in size 40 thread. 

I hope you have a joyful holiday season, where ever you are in the world. I hope 2018 brings crafting fun for you too. 

Until next time, happy tatting 

Fiona T 

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Doily ll Jan Stawasz

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I am working on this Jan Stawasz Doily ll from his ‘Tatting theory and patterns” book. I liked the look of this book and the patterns in it look great- many are quite visually stunning. I decided to work this one when emptying a shuttle from the recent ‘amusement doily’ tat along on facebook. I thought, as with many doilies, I could adapt the pattern to use split chains to climb out of rows- I was wrong in this thought. The rings and chains on the main part of this doily are reversed to the traditional placement of rings and chains, so I had to cut and sew in after each round. This made it slow and tedious and- um- boring- to tat the ecru part of this doily. I have never been bored before when tatting- confused (yes), frustrated (yes), excited (yes)- but never bored! Once I got to the next row- pictured here- it was a bit more interesting. I am now just starting the second last round and the stitch counts are a bit ‘challenging’ to remember. I need to keep checking the visual diagram. It is slow progress, but I will keep chipping away. I also hope the slight bend in the final ecru round can be blocked out at the end- it would be a shame to have wasted all this time and thread. I do love the colour combination, inspired by Morimoto’s colour pallette in her book “New Tatting”.

I wonder what crafting piece you tried that was more challenging than you anticipated? Please share in the comments here or on facebook 🙂

Until next time

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Re-learning split chains

I decided to make this pretty doily for my sister, from the Anchor “learn to tat” book.

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It is not the normal round shape, which I find appealing. It is also pretty simple rings and chains, but I have been putting off making it as there are so many “cut and tie” endings to each row (17 rows in all). I thought it would be a good opportunity to relearn split chains (my only previous attempt of these have been for the tardis pattern). So I have been watching  ‘top tatty head‘ (Linda Davies you tube) and practising the split chain to climb poor of the last couple of rows. I am pleased to report I am getting better at them and can almost do them without the video by my side! I do have to think through each row, as I am starting at a slightly different point to the instructions, but so far so good.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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