Monday, June 27, 2016

Doilies, Motifs, Snowflakes, Pendant, Cross and Edging

Mistene enjoyed this round, although she got on autopilot again and had to re-tat the chain 8's a few times because she started to make them 8-p-8 like the other chains in the round.

Jane found it interesting how motif 42 combines elements from other motifs. She likes motif 43 better 'in person' than she did in the book, but found it a bit overcomplicated and muddled even though she did it in one colour, ecru, size 40, Coats Mercer Crochet and not the 2 colours pictured. The triangle is quite a tricky tat and she thinks she probably hasn't done it justice, but it would be useful if you needed a triangle.

Sharon has been distracted by lots of lovely patterns and she finally settled on  the Dianne Doily which can be found at Craftree.

Pop Maria has found the heat has kept her from tatting, although she did manage to keep up with the challenge to tat the snowflakes from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in tatting. These are Days 11 and 12.

Diane has lots of company and lots of other things filling her time, but she did get a little more done on Mary Konior's Spinning Wheel Glass Mat that she's working ins size 20 Pond HDT from Marilee Rockley. Even after making this design so many times, Diane still loves the Spinning Wheel and finds it her "go to" pattern that doesn't require much thinking. Maybe it doesn't require much thinking because she has done so many!

Fox is loving the Rectangle doily, which she is tatting in size 50 thread.

Marie added a little tatting around a single clip earring and turned it into a lovely pendant. Monica was a good cross for directional tatting.

Muskaan tatted the Seventeenth Day of December Snowflake from Lene Björn's
24 Snowflakes in Tatting and utilized several techniques to achieve what she had visualized. She forgot to post round 17 of Wiosna 2016, shown here with Super 17 butterfly & Morning Glory. This was a super quick round that she used a ball and shuttle for.

Sue is half way around on this row of her doily, tatting little bits here and there. Every stitch done is one stitch closer to the finish line. She's tatting Mary Konior's Anniversary Edging from Tatting with Visual Patterns in size 20 Christmas Red and she got about 8 inches done of the 3 or 4 feet she'll need to make a bow to go on a wreath.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Doilies, Motifs, Cat, Earrings, Snowflake, Cross, Unicorn, Pegasus, Toys, TIAS and Edgings

Mistene finished round 1 of the Heart Doily using her new Summer Trail HDT from Yarnplayer, although she had to cut/fix a few times because she wasn't paying close enough attention to the pattern. She zoomed through round 2 which was a nice break from the first round.

Jane found there's a lot of tatting for the area covered in Motif 39, which is 13 cm across and she likes the effect of the variegated green. She had red thread left on the shuttle from the last motif, so she used it for this one, which continues with the chain rosette theme. This motif was a contorted mess after the second round, but the outer round sorted it out and although the book says the flowers are blue she decided on a rainbow of colours since each one was done separately.

Marthanne has been having some trials with the butterfly doily. When last we saw it she realized she had a mistake to fix and since then she has cut off row 5 and 6 re-tatted them and added rows 7 and 8. For a break she tatted this yellow cat, but she's misplaced the pattern so she can't tell us the source.

Melanie came up with this variation from Renee Campbell’s pattern Rainbow Bright Earrings for which she used size 80 thread and no beads. She finger tatted the Long Picot Earrings designed by Nina Libin in mint colour thread and used a single shuttle split ring for the second ring.

Diane has some new shuttles to use while working on her Spinning Wheel Glass Mat.

Eliz  managed to add a round to Renulek's Spring doily, but she's still way behind.

Fox is loving the Rectangle doily which is fiddly, but she likes the shape and she's already on round 3.

Margaret has the tenth Day of December snowflake done in pure white, Lizbeth thread, hoping that in December she will have all 24 snowflakes done.

Marie got a little sidetracked, but she finally finished her doily which measures 10 inches across. She tatted Maria, another cross from Lene's book.

Martha has a new book of tatted toys coming out soon which will include her unicorn. The unicorn morphed into Pegasus. I can see lots of people adding this book to their wish list.

Stephanie has been tatting, but as they're test tats she can only share a blurry picture just now. This is Martha's toy dump truck which will be in her new book. The rubber duckie is also in the new book. This is the bunny from Jane Eborall's TIAS 2016 that started back in January tatted in Lizbeth threads, size 20, except for the carrot greens which are an 'unknown' thread. She has been experimenting with colour and assorted threads tatting a Jan Stawasz doily. This first one is done in Omega thread #50 and she likes the variegated colour which reminds her of colouring with crayons. The next one is done in Perfect Quilter approximately equal in size to DMC 80 and the yellow ombre is such a nice, warm, and happy colour. She used a ball of bright yellow for this one and she's not sure of the size or the manufacturer, but it came out slightly smaller than the one done in Perfect Quilter. She used two shades of pink - those tiny, balls with no size on the label for this one. This Mary Konior doily, called, Primrose Path, is tatted in a Sulky Cotton Blendables #12-weight that has a nice lustre to it, again equivalent to size 80.

Sue started round 11 of the Spring doily, which was a bit of a surprise because she thought she had just finished 11, but it was only 10. At this size it's hard to keep track.

Wanda hosted the Tuesday Tatters and got out her vintage dishes, displayed on her lovely tatting for the visit. Becky brought this beautiful infant's dress to share with a simple ring and chain edging at the neck and arms. There is a matching ring and chain insert with a ring and chain hem. Altogether it's a charming piece.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Doilies, Motifs, Bracelet, Earrings, Coaster, Butterfly and Techniques

Mistene ordered some luscious HDT from Yarnplayer and started the Heart Doily from Land of Laces with some of the Summer Trail thread.

Jane is working on Motif 36 using size 40 thread, just because it came to hand first when she was looking for thread and she's thinking she should use this size thread more often. She finished motif 36 shortening the inner chains, hoping that she got the correct amount of stitches so that the motif lies flat. Teiko Fujito's book says to use her outer thread joining method for the dense rosette in the centre but pulling the shuttle thread too tight on this design resulted in a mess. She reverted to shuttle joins, but to avoid bright pink colour blips on them, she tatted just one round with pink and then used the pastel variegated thread on shuttle and ball which worked perfectly. Jane started the individual flower motifs with a reef knot to join the 2 colours and then sewed the ends in for a neater finish. That's a lot of little ends to hide. The final result is a very pretty little motif 38.

Nikki found that the last 2 rows on her doily have gone pretty well as they are just rings and chains and the repetitiveness of doing a doily seems to be a bit calming so that is a very good thing.

Elsa isn't a fan of lace and beads, but this design for a Russian bracelet by Tatyana Buyvolova changed her mind.

Sue has another round completed on the enormous doily she has been tatting. She also made another earwig worked in an Altin Basak 50 from the Ring of Tatters beading book and DVD.

Diane finished test tatting Robin Perfetti's Victorian Doily from her soon-to-be-published book of coasters in size 20 Lizbeth, Wedgewood Dk. It's 4 3/4" across, just the right size for a coaster. She worked a little more on her newest Spinning Wheel glass mat using size 20 Helm's Deep HDT from Sherry, LadyShuttleMaker. She started blogging 9 years ago on Sherry's recommendation and it's only fitting that on her anniversary she's working with one of Sherry's hand dyed threads. Here's the finished Spinning Wheel in Helm's Deep HDT by Sherry. Her next Spinning Wheel is already started using size 20 Pond, hand-dyed thread from Yarnplayer.

Eliz is working a little on all of her "works in progress", using WIP Wednesday to help her keep on track. The Renulek tat-along doily is just over 20 cm in diameter at the end of round 8 in size 80 thread. The tea cloth test tat she's doing for Jessica is at round 3 approximately 12 cm in diameter so far in size 40. The Concentric Rectangles doily has just two more rounds to go and it's 15 cm by 22.5 cm thus far in size 20.

Fox is finding that the Concentric Rectangles doily that she's tatting with some of Lea's HDT size 50 is not difficult, but it requires a lot of concentration and unbroken focus. It's coming along and pictured now with a matching shuttle.

Lilas has created a special selection of tatted bridal pieces including combs bracelets and hair ornaments.

Marie likes this rosy butterfly done with 3 strands of sewing thread much better. She had fun tatting around this doo dad and she left the threads hanging while she decided what she wanted to do to finish it off. She's test tatting a coaster pattern for "Tatting by the Bay". She decided to add her recently tatted doo dad to her new tatting/lucet case.

Muskaan has completed round 11 of Renulek's tatalong doily which now measures 11½” in size 40 Anchor Mercer 4054-0300. Her work on the doily led to experimenting with when to "post" the shuttle and fortunately for us, she recorded her results. See her detailed description for further enlightenment.

HisKid has finally finished round 11 on the Spring doily although it's still ruffling around the edges.