Monday, May 23, 2016

Motifs, Snowflakes, Doilies, Lady, Edging, Crosses, Techniques and Cuffs

Jane can't tell whether it's a difference in tension or picot size that makes her motif different from the picture in the book. She tatted motif 21 in different colourways in an attempt to show the structure off better. She liked the orange colour blips in the second motif, but avoided them in the outer round by using Catherine Wheel Joins.

Sharon took a short break from the 2016 Spring doily to tat Yakut snowflake from Jon Yusoff's book Elegant Tatting Gems and she loves patterns that are just one round.

Eliz is pleased that her Concentric Rectangles Doily is turning out better that she expected as she hasn't really liked how the variegated thread looked before, but it's lovely paired up with matching solid colours.

Elsa has added more tatting to her picture. The dress is embroidered with viscose ribbon hand dyed by Stef Francis. The grounds are made in tatting cotton pearl DMC 12 fixed on the canvas with satin acrylic varnish using a series of motifs and traditional patterns.

Diane hit the 2/3 mark on her Spinning Wheel Glass Mat. Here is the Mat finished. The next one is already started in the yellow Fiore thread. She's half way around the final row of her Concentric Rectangles Doily. Despite the busy time at the end of her last year, she has made some progress on the Rectangles Doily, as well as a bit more on the Spinning Wheel Glass Mat.

Fox is delighted that her jinxed doily finally arrived at it's destination and she's already moved on to row 8 of the Renulek doily. She had enough #50 HDT thread to get around the hankie, because it was such a simple pattern.

Marie luceted the chain and tatted around a doo-dad, she found at Walmart. This design by Dee Powell, called Heritage Cross is from the book called Tatted Bookmarks.

Sue is a little obsessed with wanting a good Broomstick Lace Butterfly. After three tries she thinks she's finally on the right track.

Wanda put tatted buttons on denim with a little lace and made cuffs for her daughters for Mother's Day. She started with a little denim, different button motifs, some scraps of lace and a few fabric leaves. They turned out wonderful.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Motifs, Doilies, Necklaces, Earrings, Angels, Snowflakes, Edging, Butterflies, Crosses and Flowers

Jane added teeny tiny picots just up from the base of the rings in the centre round, to make the centre more stable on motif 16. She did half of the second round and then looked at it, but there's no way the round would've lain flat. Then she did it again, making the picots between the big rings 13 mm long, and that worked. Motif 17 isn't perfect, but she doesn't like it well enough to bother tatting it again. This is the last "one shuttle" motif and she's getting the hang of long picots and bare threads. This is the pattern that jumped out at her from the book and she worked it in size 20 Anchor thread in white like the picture in the book and it came out about 7 inches across.

Sharon has round 6 of the Spring Doily completed and she's ready for the release of the next round.

Pop Maria created an elegant evening wear necklace with fine back thread and Preciosa gray beads. Then to complete it she made matching earrings.

Eliz is planning the colours for starting a Concentric Rectangle Doily. These are some of the colour experiments that she used on previous round robins. She tatted Sheila Heneise's Angel with Paisley Wings on the left, then on subsequent angels she tried Martha Ess' instructions for folded rings in the chains. She devoted Wednesday to her work in progress and got about four more arches done on the Renulek Serwetka Wiosna 2014. She followed Muskaan's Ikuta picots tutorial, then played around with the technique.

Nikki worked on her doily but since her cat got injured she wasn't really concentrating and consequently ended up cutting off most of what she tatted.

Sarah altered the original 8-pointed pattern from the special tatting edition of Burda magazine where the original had eight points and the centre was a 4-ring rosette, which she changed to six points with a single centre ring and added Josephine knots instead of rings to the outside. She made another one, with normal rings instead of Josephines and added picots - apparently those picots she is constantly removing have to come out somewhere.

Elsa looks at different tools for working with beads.

Melanie has reworked her triangle piece and is finding it challenging working from the outside in.

Diane's latest Spinning Wheel glass mat in Fiore from Slovakia is coming along nicely. She has a few more shelves to inventory, for the last time, since she's retiring this year and a few more repeats to go on her glass mat.

Fox is making steady progress on her doily and on her hanky edging. Which is better that the last project which still doesn't seem to have arrived at it's destination.

Lilas shares her tools for adding beads to her lace.

Marie tatted another of Angela's Morfo Butterfly, this time she used 3 strands of iridescent white sewing thread for the front and purple for the back. Katrine pattern by Lene is rings only and goes fairly quickly. The last of Lene's crosses that she's working on is Malene.

Martha has finished Renulek's Spring Doily 2015 doily, here I am just finishing the one from 2015, with lots and lots of ends to hide, but it sure is pretty.

Muskaan shows her tips for tatting the Ikuta Picots with step by step pictures.

Sue has Renulek's 2016 Spring Doily round 7 completed and found it was a struggle to choose the colours for this round. She has been emptying a shuttle and making starflowers in size 40 Lizbeth Sea Island Citrus. The first is what it looks like before the second round is added, and the second one is complete. These are the star flowers she has completed and she leaves the ends until she decides what she's going to do with them. Here are a few beaded stars. These are Corina's beaded flowers, the inspiration for Sue's beaded stars and starflowers.