Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ice Drops, Doilies, Earrings, Bracelet, Snowflake and Bookmark

Diane tatted a variation of her Blue Fudge pattern that she really likes,tatting the back first and then tatting the round that holds the gem in, which allowed her to block the back with the steam iron. She has graciously created the pattern in a PDF for anyone who'd like to email her for it. Her friend really liked the design of the Spring Garden Ice Drop and she also liked the glass gem in this Pink Ice Drop, but she wanted to see it in ecru or cream thread. Here is the result. Diane's friend Jane is going on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic the last week in April and wants 300 Ice Drops to share with patients, to date she has 83 and Diane has issued a request for others to send their spare Ice Drops to Jane. If you have any to share please contact Diane for her friend Jane's mailing address.

Margaret started this doily in size 20 Sea Island Citrus in October 2012 but when she got to this point the last round got too boring to continue and she put it away. Since she wants to start another project she's decided that she needs to finish this one first.

Marie tatted a couple of her Pinwheel earrings for her sisters. The bracelet matches the earrings.

Muskaan tatted a garland of marigolds separated by mango leaves. Onion ring flowers give this design depth and character.

Sue tatted Robin Perfetti's First Snowfall in size 40 Lizbeth Snow White, which came out to be exactly the same size as the pictured snowflake and it's designed to be another ornament.

Wanda finally found the thread, which she thinks is colour #646 Purple Iris Lt. and changed her UFO (unfinished object) into a completed bookmark. It drives me nuts when I have a UFO with just a little bit left to tat and I have no idea what the thread is, or if I even have any of it left.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Doilies, Easter Egg, Motifs, Ice Drops, Runner, Heart, Snowflake and Ornaments

Vera has been working on Renulek's doily and finished the fifth round which now measures 17 cm in size 16 Eldorado thread. Tatting Renulek's doily on the plane was a challenge, but she was able to follow the instructions for the next round and use it to cover an Easter Egg.
(My apologies if I get this incorrect, being linguistically challenged, I have to trust in the Google translation.)

Marthanne has row 5 done on both her doilies. One is being worked in size 40 thread. The other is being tatted in size 20 thread. Here you can see them side by side. Row 6 is done in size 20.

Melanie has been forced to the sidelines after a little mishap, which did give her time to rest, recuperate and tat.

Cindy has been addicted to Diane's Ice Drops ever since she started them and realized how quick and easy they were to make with so many different looks.

Diane did a little experimenting with size 40 thread and some of the coin beads she purchased which are much thinner than the glass gems she's been using. She got a little further with Renulek's Wiosna 2017. And a little further on her runner. The cold wind blowing was a good excuse to snuggle up under a blanket and tat, which is why round 6 of Renulek's 2017 doily is done. She also played with the stitch count on the thinner coin beads for the Ice Drops. She was in the mood for something a little different and chose her Blue Fudge Ice Drop pattern to work in size 20 Flora #216. The front of the gem has a mirror finish and she really likes the back of it better. Her sister-in-law's runner is growing and it's now 6 1/2" x 10 1/2". She worked on round 7 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017. She decided to finish her day with another Blue Fudge Ice Drop tatted in size 20 Lizbeth #124, Spring Garden.

Fox is floundering under the flagellations of the flu and fearing fatal flaws, worked small but fanciful motifs by Corina Meyfeldt as gifts for fellow calligraphers.

Muskaan tatted several Butterfly Hearts by Irene Woo as a tribute to her. In keeping with the season she chose bright spring colours and worked with 3 strands of embroidery floss.

Sue tatted Robin Perfetti's Late Winter Snowflake omitting the centre rings so that it will fit over the ornament top but now she is thinking that she should make the next one with the centre rings for the bottom. Here's the finished ornament, with the centre as you can see on the bottom of the ornament. Her ornament tree is rapidly filling with gorgeous baubles.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Necklaces, Bracelet, Picture, Earrings, Ice Drops, Doilies, Bookmarks, Heart, Cross, Motifs, Shamrock, Ornaments and Tablecloth

Elsa couldn't resist trying out Mary Konior's free form necklace in the Gutterman silk cord 30 she found in the flea market. She wanted to use a polyester thread to stabilize it, but she didn't have a matching colour, so she elected to match the thread colour to the beads she used. The necklace is a nice match to the "Curb" bracelet by Corina Meyfeldt she did with the same thread. The Tina Frauberger book inspired this very spring necklace she tatted in nylon thread with 5 - 6 mm diameter green beads and a purple cord necklace clasp. Her Acrylic Paint and Tatting Lace picture was featured in MUSED, the BellaOnline Literary Review.

Claire has been tatted her own version of a cloverleaf earring. These are done in Vineyard harvest (#131), Fruit fizz (#139). And more done in Blue Ice (#163), Springtime (#115), and Purple Iris Fusion (#162).

Diane was happy to meet up again with the Tollway Tatters, including Rita, who brought along some Lizbeth thread samples and Diane chose Royal Blue, which made this lovely Ice Drop. She tatted this one in Blue Ice while they were chatting. She finished another in Royal Blue when she got home. She managed to figure out that it takes about 5 yards for an Ice Drop, 3 on the shuttle, 2 on the ball. Diane has ordered so many beads and gems that she can't remember where she bought them all, but she thinks this one came from Ebay. She's completed round 5 of Renulek's 2017 doily. Size 20 Lizbeth #603, Ecru, which isn't normally a favourite colour, but paired up with a blue gem, she's loving it. Round 6 or Renulek's doily is already started. The row isn't finished on the runner she's doing for her sister, but she figured that if she didn't post it when she thought of it, she'd never get to show progress.

Fox didn't like the long bulky bookmark, so she decided to go with Mary Konior's Curds and Whey done in size 40 Lizbeth, which is a better match. Her ball of brown thread is shrinking fast and she's wondering if she needs to order another one. She isn't used to working with size 20 thread and already this is a large nine inch doily, so she decided she did need to order another ball of thread.

Margaret tatted the Butterfly Heart, by Irene Woo in size 20, Scottish Thistle. She posted it in honour of Irene who passed away recently.

Marie tatted a variation on Angeline Crichlow's, #20 Medieval Cross. She found this old glass, button at an antique store and had to use it for another bracelet.

Muskaan likes hexagons and designs where chains outline previous elements, so she just loves Star Dahlia by Anna Barzyk. The Clover is by Mariya Darydova, the model on the left done verbatim, the one on the right The right one, tatted first, she worked all 4 leaflets completely, instead of a split chain, and then tatted the chain stem.

Nikki made 12 of these little celtic-knot shamrock clovers using the pattern by Merilee Rockley. She wishes she had read Muskaan's blog before she started this doily because a lot of the tips shared would have helped her with this row, but it's done now. She needed a large shuttle for the next round and had to empty one by tatting this little heart.

Sue tatted this Fancy Snowflake from Easy Tatting by Rozella F. Linden ornament with DMC Metallic embroidery thread, which was a stinker to work with. She missed a couple of joins, but the thread shreds when you try to undo it, so she left it and just tied it together around the ornament. Here's the set so far. Both sides are currently equal on the tablecloth and now she's adding length to the center so she can work on getting it all to the width of the rest of it.

Wanda tatted some clovers for St Patrick's Day.