Thursday, June 30, 2016

Motifs, Doilies, Coaster, Butterflies, Toys and Edging

Jane saw motif 45 in the Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito with the outer rounds done in the same colour, but she thought that obscured the rather interesting centre, so she used two colours.

Nikki hit that frustrating point where she realized she had made the same mistake...again. We've all been there, done that, when working on a doily.

Diane finished her latest Mary Knonior Spinning Wheel Glass Mat in Pond HDT which took a long time to get through due to all the other activities she was involved in. She started her 37th Spinning Wheel glass mat for 2016, in another beautiful hand-dyed thread from Yarnplayer, size 20 Campfire. Here it is completed, in all it's glory. She's hoping she has enough of the Campfire HDT to finish Robin Perfetti's Rosette Coaster (Variation) from her new book, Tatted Coasters.

Eliz managed to tat round 4 of the test tat for Jessica of the Sander's Tea Cloth, which is currently 19.5 cm, or 7.75 inches, in diameter in size 40 DMC Cordonnet. Concentric Rectangles by Edda Guastalla Bianchetti with modified corners in final round is 26 cm by 18.5 cm (10.25 inches by 7.25 inches) done in size 20 threads; Flora 204 (yellow), Lizbeth 105 (variegated), Lizbeth 663 (blue).

Marie noticed that her thread was getting a little dingy and her hands were a little blue, from beads that lost their colour. (I know the frustration. How insane is it to make beads that lose their colour?) She started again with reliable beads to make this lovely butterfly.

Martha shows us the Troll, another of the toys from her new book of tatted toys. Martha's such a tease.

Muskaan designed her own edging, a split ring 2 colour design. The design was created as a border for a hanky her MIL wanted to give a friend. She also designed a little motif for the corner of the hanky.

Stephanie tatted another of the Jan Stawasz doilies, this time all in Altin Basak thread. The next doily is one from Iris Niebach's "Doilies" book and she used thread from a tiny ball of bright yellow with no size on the label that works up just slightly smaller than DMC 80. Primrose Path by Mary Konior is tatted in pink Cebelia size 30. Then in Sulky cotton threads; a solid-colour #12-weight cotton, and variegated Sulky Cotton Blendables #12 for the chains. The last one is done in pink and grey from tiny balls without a name of the manufacturer.

Sue finished row 11 of Renulek's Spring Doily 2016 and it's looking lovely. She's little more that half way around row 12.

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.