Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Motifs, Owls, Doodles, Butterflies, Ornament, Bracelet, Pendants, Doilies, Cross, Pin, Rocket and Cuff

Jane tatted motif 50 that is one of the advanced motifs using split rings, which was pretty straightforward, but she missed a picot at the beginning of round 2, where she should've had a false picot to get to round 3. Motifs 51 and 52 use twisted picots, which weren't as simple as she thought.


Sharon made the tiny owls in size 10 thread, while the larger owls are Needle tatted using a size 1 needle and worsted weight cotton yarn.

Batty Tatter had a little trouble with this butterfly which she was supposed to start the body with one antenna and finish with the other antenna, but she didn't know how to do it that way. It's still a lovely flutter.

Melanie is intrigued by lace framing other things, like a hanky or a picture and the negative space in this ornament cover from Tatted Christmas Balls by Nadine Nunnelly
really draws her eye, so she's thinking of maybe creating something like it to cover a bell she picked up.

Sue tatted this bracelet and pendant from a Jennifer Williams pattern that she had to try. Jane's Starry Button pattern, with a few beads removed along with the button and replaced with a Tibetan spacer, used some of the green seed beads a friend gave her.


Diane felt like her retirement was official when the kids went back to school and she got to stay home and tat, a Sinning Wheel Glass Mat, of course. The finished piece, done in discontinued Perfect Quilter #070, Denim, is 3.5 inches across. She spent a rainy day using up thread on her shuttles making butterflies. The funky butterfly started out with blue thread that she ran out of, and finished with red thread. She's still emptying shuttles and using up the wound thread making lots of butterflies. The Spinning Wheel is tatted in an orange organic cotton sewing thread she found on Etsy. She is making progress on her Spinning Wheel and enjoying her retirement.















Fox is finding the 2016 Renulek pattern the most enjoyable tatting she has done in eight years using thicker, smooth, purl thread, repetition plus the infrequently added beads are all factors that are immensely pleasing and cause no stress.

Marie loves the way Butterfly Cross by Ruth More came out. The Layered Flower Brooch is one of her stacked ring brooch collection and won first place at the county fair, in the "other jewelry" category. This is the same brooch in DMC floss.



Martha's rocket is her creation for Palmetto TatDays theme "Tatting is out of this World".

Wanda created a denim wrist cuff with denim, buttons, scraps of lace, and of course, tatting.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Train, Cat, Squirrel Edging, Motifs, Butterfly, Doilies, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Suncatcher and Bow

Batty Tatter added a puff of smoke and an edging to the pink engineer's hat which she is keeping for herself. She tatted Mr. Whiskers from Inga Madsen's Tatted Animals. The squirrel is also from Inga Madsen's book and these animals are fun to do.



Melanie discovered a little mistake on her doubleweave sample edging but she's decided to keep on going. This is how she dealt with her design challenge. She plans to enter it in the fair and will show us the finished work after the fair.






Lelia shows the practice pieces / motifs, patterns handed out for the IOLI Tat-Off in Indianapolis, IN.

Diane needs to exercise her wrist a different way so all that she has tatted recently is one little butterfly.

Fox is slowly but surely making progress on her doily which is now 8 inches across.

Marie was given "Il Mio Chiacchierino", number 11 and she had to tat this jewelry set, which she worked in three strands of embroidery sewing thread instead of the size 10 used in the pattern. Here are the matching, curly earrings. To round out the set, here is the bracelet.



Sue used size 20 Over the Rainbow HDT to tat this suncatcher for a friend. You can see her progress on the doily which is pictured here with the Christmas tree edging that she will be using for a bow. THis closer picture shows the thread colour better.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Motifs, Doilies, Train, Doodles, Bracelet, Cross, Alphabet and Earrings

Jane has been tatting Teiko Fujito's designs that use a lot of bare threads and to avoid them she tried out encapsulation. She's well into the last motif in the three shuttle section, and she's trying to follow Teiko Fujito's patterns exactly,  so probably won't use the encapsulation route. Motif 49 is worked in size 40 thread; the lilac is Olympus, the green and white are Coats and it measures 16 cm across. She blocked it before she did the outer chain and decided that the 2 ds between 'arms' on the pattern just wasn't going to work, so she increased it to 5 ds. This picture is all of the designs she done from this section of the book.




Pop Maria was on holidays but she die get several of of Pascale Provost's Amethyste motifs done. It has a border, but she likes how it looks without and may just leave it.

Nikki was looking for another project to do and decided on Renulek's Wiosna 2015 doily, which is pretty easy to follow up to row 7 and if she can't follow it after that she can just quit.

Batty Tatter added Sherry's train pattern to a pink engineer's hat and she might add a puff of smoke coming out of the stack. She's still undecided as to whether or not to add an edging around the brim.

Elsa has been working on her harlequin shawl, but it had too sharp a point at the tip. Fortunately after discussing it with Maglina she made a modification to her arrangement and now things are working out. Her projected shawl has 137 wheels for a total width estimated at 130 cm and she currently has 38 done.



Diane's newest Spinning Wheel is in the gorgeous blue Majestic thread size 80 #849. Running a lot of errands meant for little tatting time, but she did get a bit done. Tangles in tiny threads take a long time to sort out so she didn't get as far on her Spinning Wheel as she expected. She finally has this Spinning Wheel finished and it's 3.5 inches across. Emptying shuttles means she has a nice little baggie of tatted doodles done to give away. Her baggie of butterflies and bits is growing. Another Spinning Wheel glass mat is started, this one in Perfect Quilter Denim.







Marie has another Egyptian-style bracelet created. Katrine, by Lene Bjorn is one of her favourite crosses.


Muskaan did Floral Fantasy Doily by Kathleen Minniti and as usual has shown step by step what she did and the techniques she used. Anchor Crochet Cotton that is made in India by Madura Coats is thicker than other size 20s & 40s threads as she discovered in her first attempt at making Elizabeth (aka Woven Center Flower) by Robina Melville. She increased the picot size to get it to work. She loves the final result. She did have to re visit her earlier attempts at woven picots for review.









Phyllis tatted the Cobweb doily from the book Tatting Doilies & Edgings edited by Rita Weiss, in Lizbeth 138 Leafy Greens, size 20. Phillip's name along with the train she test tatted for Martha, will be a nice addition to his room and is made using the alphabet from Tatting ABC's & 123's by Houstine Cooper & Handy Hands done in Lizbeth size 20 in Royal Blue and Ocean Turquoise Lt.

Wanda enjoyed the lanyard pattern so much she tried making earrings to go with it in Lizbeth #646 Purple Iris Lt in size 20.  She entered the bracelet in the fair and took first prize with it. He Harper Edging on the fabric circle also won first prize.