Friday, May 30, 2014
Renulek Spring Doily to brighten things up. Thank you Renata, I really enjoyed this pattern. I used Milford thread, size 20. The doily measures 58 centimetres or 23 inches across.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I should've noticed when I wound the bobbin. I didn't. I tatted several rings before I realised that the new ball of green thread was size 40, not size 20.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I've finished round 11 of the Spring Doily.
I promised Ann I'd show the articles I entered for the competition, for which I showed the trophies yesterday.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
round 11. After two rounds that required two shuttles, I merrily wound two shuttles with green for this round. Oops. One shuttle and ball would be fine. It's not serious, but will mean more joins than strictly necessary.
Monday, May 19, 2014
this entry on the Not so Granny blog, I thought that when I've sewn the buttons on, I'll show a picture of myself wearing the cardigan. Perhaps.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
On a recent episode of Fashion Police, Joan Rivers asked Martha Stewart, no less, which craft she couldn't do, and she answered, 'Tatting'. How cool is that? She said she'd been trying to learn it but couldn't get to grips with it. She also explained that she was talking about a kind of lace making, not tattoos. If some of you American ladies could give Martha some tips, it could be a big boost for tatting!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Once I'd given my talk I could enjoy the demonstrations of other crafts, from pewter work to weaving.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
I went through my fabric stash this morning and tried different fabrics behind the 'Under An African Sky' doily. I won't show you them all, but here's a selection:
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Linda came today for another tatting lesson. It's been a few weeks since the last one, because we have both been away. Linda said she was getting withdrawal symptoms! We continued to work on Emma Crewes' clover and daisy pattern. Last time I showed Linda theoretically how to work the round that uses two shuttles, but she needed more help to really understand how it works. I think she has it now. She has bought several shuttles of different types and colours, so was able to keep track by having the yellow shuttle as shuttle 1 and blue shuttle as shuttle 2. As long as she remembers that the blue shuttle acts like the ball thread, she'll be fine.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
The other day I was watching 'Call the Midwife', a TV series set in the late 1950s, and thought, I want a cardigan like that, but lacy. So I was delighted to find the Katharine Hepburn Jacket, designed by Kathy Zimmerman, amongst the free patterns on knittingdaily from Interweave Press. It fits the bill perfectly. As the blurb says, 'Kathy followed typical 1950s styling'. I expect to have to make adjustments to allow for the fact that I'm using handspun wool in place of the specified yarn. But according to my swatch, I should be able to use the figures for the smallest size in order to get the measurements for the second size. I hope it's that simple, but I may need to make adjustments to the armhole and top of the sleeve.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Penny carried fabric in the other direction too. Jack, my husband, commissioned her to find a fabric that I would really like. Splendid, isn't it?