Well, I know it is January as it is super hot here in Melbourne, the tennis is on and I am tatting the TIAS. Every year for the last few years Jane Eborall has run a Tat it and see ( TIAS) on her blog. It has become something I really look forward to. It is fun for a few of reasons, as the pattern is split up and released over a couple of weeks no-one but Jane and her test tatters know what it is, so it is a mystery. It also becomes a guessing game that tatters across the world get invovled in. There is a great sense of the international tatting community in this yearly event. Thanks Jane for all of the effort you put in to make sure this is such a fun and welcoming event.
Here are some pictures of my work so far, day 1, 2 and 3. I am using altin basak green size 50 thread left over from the collar I made recently:
I’m really not sure what it is yet…my current guess is a horse…let’s see what day 4’s pattern brings.
Until next time, happy tatting!
This week I was able to make 2 and a half more of these little angels. They are so cute, I am making a few for close family this year. They stand at just under 4cm high. The pattern is from Lea at AlenAlea Designs: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/255804643/tatted-mini-3d-angel-pattern-and
I am using size 40 milford mercerized white, the purple and gold size 50 Altin Basak metallic thread. When I have used the metallic thread for jewelry in the past, the metallic thread often broke when I closed rings, but using them now in the chain only part of the pattern is really easy, and the thread has not frayed.
I have also been busy getting another creative idea of the ground: WISE Dolls- Working In STEAM Enterprises Dolls (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) and have just launched the blog today. This idea encourages young people to make (upcycle) their own dolls to reflect their interests and possible future careers. If you are interested in following the adventures there the blog is: https://Wisedolls.wordpress.com
Until next time- happy creating
A short time ago I came across my split ring tatted letter designs and samples, and have shared the first 6 letters with you. Here is a picture of the next 4, based on the same dimensions and again using two colours to show where the splits are- if you do them in one colour of thread on both shuttles your letters will appear to be a single colour. Not all of them have been made into samples- though the guide diagram is there for G & J. H was quite straight forward to make, as were I & L, but K was trickier- I wonder if you will have more luck- Please let me know what you come up with if you try with this particular stitch count.
Until next time,
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.
A good thing about being on holidays is that I finally have the time to ‘clean out’ my stash cupboard- and in the process have come across a project idea I started long ago (I think 2010). Many of the alphabet letters I had found online or in my existing library to tat seemed to me to be very ‘frilly’. I really wanted to have some letters that were a bit more bold and plain. I began to draw out my idea in my scrapbook – then when I needed to empty a shuttle, I made these samples and adjusted the ideas and patterns as I went. The way I have used the split ring to turn corners was inspired by Anne Bruvold’s ‘Tatted Tardis” and how she manipulated the stitch count to make a ‘square’ corner. I further manipulated the stitch counts to make (or try to make) different angles. The photos below show a bit of the thinking and ‘playing’ journey that takes place in my creative process. I have included images of some of the letters I have ‘worked out’ so far. Some letters- like ‘Y’ are a bit more difficult, but now I have located this project again, I hope to work the rest out. The letters would look much better if they are in a single colour, but to help me (and you) visualise the split rings (and as I was testing these when emptying shuttles) the two colours give a better idea of how the ‘split ring’ works to turn/move around a corner. I have had another idea for a different way of using the split rings too- but think I should finish this set first before starting the next idea. Trying new ideas, and ‘designing’ a pattern for others to follow is a whole different skill set, and one that I was glad to have begun developing through the online tatting design class a few years ago. Of course now with family, work and study – it’s only on the holidays when I can indulge in this extension of my crafting passion.
In other tatting news, Jane has started the TIAS, and day 2’s pattern is set for release today sometime. I realised (thanks Muskaan) that I made a bit of a mistake in my execution of the pattern- so have started again 🙂 I love this game each year, and can’t wait to see who is first to figure out what we are making 🙂 Thanks Jane, we do enjoy this each year.
Until next time,
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,
In a recent post I alluded to ‘Christmas baubles’ being a story for another time– well, here is the story. A few years ago I bought a bulk lot of colourful Christmas Baubles from a clearance sale, with the intention of tatting covers for them as gifts for family and friends. Here is a link to the post. I had left a box of six with my Mum, who had crocheted a few and decorated some with sequins too. When the DMC book arrived I was inspired again to begin some baubles for gifts next year. Of course this recent post from Sharon also inspired me to have a few smaller projects on the go all year too. So, I began to hunt through my house for where I had stored the several remaining boxes of baubles. For over 2 weeks I turned every cupboard inside out- and still no baubles. I checked with Mum, and she only had the one box (and had decorated them too- much better than me 🙂 ). It was by chance, on Christmas Eve, that my son asked about an old ‘jack in the box’ toy of mine. While retrieving the toy from the back of yet another cupboard, I found the bag containing the remaining boxes of baubles- a ‘Christmas miracle’ in my mind.
On Christmas night I pulled out the DMC book and began making a cover for the first bauble:
I have made the top and the bottom, and am working on the ‘middle’ band that will join them. I think this first one will be for me- as it is purple, and there are a couple of mistakes in it. The next few I will do in white thread – I think they look a bit more striking that way. I will take Sharon’s advice and try to work on one each week – though I am sure I will shift this over the year to one a month- but will still have 12 baubles complete by the end of the year, so that won’t be too bad overall.
All the best for a relaxing holiday period.
Remember the second anchor doily I made for my sister, the one that had the “tatting miscount leads to tatting disaster” post? I had tried to block it, then given up and put it in the cupboard in my craft room. I found it 2 days ago, while looking for my Christmas baubles (another story for another time). My mum had suggested that I starch this doily to take advantage if it’s hyperbolic edges, so I decided that is what I would do.
By using a cylinder under each edge, I blocked the doily again. It looked ok 🙂 . I took it to my mum’s when my sister was visiting too. She was pleased. Mum thought she had a ceramic plate that she had made years ago that might fit the doily…and came back with this one.
Perfect! The curve of the plate matches the shape of the doily. My sister was delighted, two unexpected gifts!
The triangle doily, that I made with my milward shuttle, I decided to gift to my mum, as I recalled she had a triangle ceramic plate too (mum has fabulous crockery- something for every occasion).
We were both pretty excited when this doily seemed to have been made to measure too! Two doilies, two plates, and two happy family members 🙂
Until next time, happy tatting!
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 🙂
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.
Starting to take shape- this is how far I got on the first night. The shuttle was lovely to work with- light and smooth.
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 🙂
So yesterday I finished this off. I think I like doing edgings- they are much quicker than whole doilies.
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.
So- back to the space dyed doily…I hope to have it finished soon to show you.
Until next time, happy tatting 🙂
Those who know me, know that I love community projects. I had heard about this a while ago http://anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/5000-poppies/ but couldn’t think how I would tat a poppy to contribute. Today I stumbled across a poppy pattern! http://www.cariad-tatting.co.uk/ if you are interested in seeing how far beyond “5000” poppies this has gotten, have a look at this blog http://5000poppies.wordpress.com/.
Barely a day after writing the above I found this in my inbox from Georgia’s online tatting class- they are having an event where people can tat these together I think… anyway- a Jon Youseff poppy pattern: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/ioli/2009/IOLI2009jonpoppy.pdf so we are getting spoiled for choice now!
Then the newsletter from the Victorian Tatting Guild arrived- also promoting this poppy project it really felt like the universe was promoting this project too. It’s very exciting, and I love being part of these sorts of projects – so am adding another project to my list. 🙂
So, I wonder if you will contribute to this project too?
As always, Happy Tatting