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Merry Christmas 2016

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few weeks as I have been busy finishing Christmas presents and studying too. The two gifts have now been given to their new owners so I can show you them now.

The first one was quite quick to make. I used Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton 10ply to make this in threes cardigan for my niece. 

The second one took a little longer as I hadn’t made a collar like this before. The vintage pattern is from a Coats learn tatting book no 660, and made is in Milford Mercerised cotton size 40, purple. I experimented with using crochet to attach the tatted collar as I went, and this required a little bit of retro-crocheting to make it sit properly and not pucker. The recipient loved it, and I hope she enjoys wearing it. I hope to blog soon about the process I used to make this collar.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. 

Until next time happy tatting, 

Fiona T  

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Vintage tatted collar

I have wanted to make a tatted collar for a while now, but didn’t really have anyone to give it to. Recently one of my blogging friends posted a photo of herself wearing a lace collar- so the time seemed right to offer to make one for her. I went through a few of my tatting books and sent pictures of three different collars. The chosen collar was a vintage pattern, Paragon learn to tat, petals collar on page eight. I chose a vibrant colour (Altin Basak size 50, colour 334) and set about tatting a little each day. It took a few weeks of chipping away, but I finished the collar last weekend. It has been posted and well received! 

As usual, I like to send a letter and a treat with a package. The parcel is below.

I’m pleased that I have been able to make this collar and that the colour looks so good, sometimes it’s hard to predict when many vintage patterns are pictured in white. It has also been nice to spread some crafty love to a person who does so much for others. 

I wonder when you have shared some crafty goodness? Feel free to share in the comments below.  

Until next time, happy tatting 

Fiona T 

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Metal boye shuttle and Doily -EBay find

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I was excited a few weeks ago to come across this on EBay, a metal shuttle, thread and a mostly made doily for AUS$5. I couldn’t resist and bought it! When it arrived I was excited to see that the shuttle is new, and as it is my first metal shuttle I am quite pleased with it. I haven’t used it yet, but hope to soon. The doily is unfinished, and is the myth pattern I am familiar with and have made a couple of times now. My first thought was to finish it, but the thread sent with the shuttle is not the same as that used for the doily. I am contemplating cutting away the final round so far and using another colour to complete the final round as a contrast. There was also a little butterfly and flower in the package. Quite a bargain for what I paid 🙂 It goes to show that regularly checking sites like EBay can yield some good finds, you really just need to be patient 🙂

Until next time- which will likely be the 500 liker celebration giveaway-

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Tatted Baubles- 2014 installment of the story

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:bauble in progress 2014

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.

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Doilies gifted- and amazing plates.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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!
Fiona T.

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Tatting miscount leads to tatting disaster…

I am working on a second doily for my sister, using the Anchor no. 20 doily pattern. I have cut away a couple of rounds as I seem to get complacent in working it this time. When I was getting to the final rows I felt like it was taking forever! Now I know why… I think the last row in green was miscounted, leading to too many purple rings…and resulting in eight sides on this doily instead of six. Yep- it’s a tatting disaster! 🙂

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I hoped that blocking it may help, but it really hasn’t. So, now I need your advice please. Do I cut away to the purple row, and figure out the right count to keep this six sided? Do I cut away the green row too (as I was ‘clever’ and used continuous thread method and split chains to climb out of rows) ? Do I claim this as a frilly, one of a kind, eight sided doily, and start a new one for my sister, over again?
At any rate, I think I will put this aside for now and work on something from my new books. Looking forward to your advice.
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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My advice for finishing that last ‘tricky join’ on tatting

One of the things that stumped me when I started to tat was how to make the very last join. For the first few times this would make me quite anxious, as I didn’t want to twist and lock the joins in the very last stitches. One of the things I still manage to do is to get so engrossed in the pattern that I forget to make the last few joins, and have to retro-tat, or cut away the last repeat and re-do it.

Today I was finishing a lovely vintage pattern from: Paragon Tatting book No 112, page 9: Occasional Doily. I have made this pattern in green before, and really like it’s simplicity and that it isn’t round. I thought I would use the opportunity to take some photos to help beginner tatters to conquer this final join more easily.

First, lay your work out and check the place where it should join.

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The pattern you will have to follow will deviate a little from the printed pattern, and you will need to think about how you will join the last rings and chains so you keep the pattern true. Here I am joining the second to last chain to the first ring (in the pattern the ring was made after this chain in every repeat). This closes off the free ‘end’ of the doily- keep an eye in where your threads are as they can end up getting tangled or knotted into the work as you tat. wpid-2014-06-21-11.56.17.jpg.jpeg

I usually end up working this part a bit awkwardly – it is tatting I wouldn’t attempt in public! Continue on with the second to last chain.

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Next I complete the final ring in the motif, and the join to the beginning of this motif makes the work that bit more awkward – you need to be careful you don’t twist the threads. Close this ring as normal.

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You may notice that the working threads are now on opposite sides of the work, and can see clearly in the picture below that the ‘free end’ of the doily edge is now closed in. The final chain needs to be made, and so some of the ball thread can be pulled through to make the chain and join as in the normal pattern.  wpid-2014-06-21-12.01.05.jpg.jpeg

Make the final chain, and if you have been careful the work will sit flat and the final chain join to the base of the first ring will be barely noticeable.

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Now, simply sew in the last ends (if you have used the magic thread technique this sewing may not be necessary) and block the finished doily 🙂

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As always Happy Tatting 🙂

Fiona T

 

 

 

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New book arrived.

Well, new for me. ‘ The tatters treasure chest’ is actually an old book, and contains reprints of tatting patterns from the 1920’s to 1950’s. It was with some hesitation that I bought this on ebay, as many of the vintage books I have bought recently have repeated patterns. This book does have some repeats, but enough different patterns so I don’t feel I have wasted my money.
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I wonder what pattern book has surprised you with unexpectedly wonderful patterns….
Until next time, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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