Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Susie asked me to give the stitch count for the sunflower, so here it is:
Sunflower in Maltese Tatting
To make the flower, it’s essential to know how to make Maltese Rings. This flower uses Martha Ess’s directions, on her Tat’s Amore website. This is her ring #3, with a ring inside the Maltese ring.
2 shuttles, one wound with size 10 yellow thread and the other with size 20 brown thread. Add 30 very small beads to the second, (brown) shuttle. (that's slightly more than you'll need)
Tie threads together, make loop with yellow thread. The first half stitch is made with both shuttles, as per Martha’s instruction.
Shuttle 1: 1, long picot, 2
Shuttle 2: slide a bead close to the work, 2
Shuttle 1: long picot 3
Alternate shuttles until there are 6 yellow ‘petals’.
Reverse work and drop yellow thread. Using shuttle 2, put 6 beads on the back of the hand. Make a ring: 1, then slide bead from core thread and from shuttle thread, 1. Repeat until 3 beads from core thread used. Then make small picot, adding bead from shuttle thread below it. Continue with ring, adding bead from core thread and from shuttle thread between each stitch, until all beads on core thread used. (Note, see Jane Eborall’s Winsome drop earrings pattern for this method). Close ring.
Go back to the yellow thread, and continue as before, with long picot, 3 yellow followed by bead 2 brown until there are 5 petals on second side. Work brown stitches and then join to the picot on the inner ring. Finish with yellow, working second half of the last stitch with both shuttles. Close.
Day 7 and Gloria
Gloria bookmark which uses Maltese rings. They remind me of the seeds of a mukwa tree. Since that probably doesn't mean much to most people, here's a link to a picture of a mukwa tree seed.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
instructions. They're clear, and show three versions of the technique. Then I did my own variation by adding beads to the inner ring. That may be just what I need for a sunflower that I've been imagining for some time.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Scissor Catastrophe and Day 6
I can't believe I broke the handle of my scissors yesterday. I've had them for 25 years and use them for everything! They owe me nothing, that's for sure, but I shall be lost without them. Jack glued the bits together for me, I hope that'll hold until I can replace them.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
That's five of Renulek's motif, not day 5 of the TIAS, which I did on Thursday. Onion rings have a right side and a wrong side, or is that just me??
Friday, January 25, 2013
I spent the morning making fig jam and chutney, using figs from a neighbour's tree.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I don't think this would be a good pattern for multicoloured thread, so I've used solid colours which will show the pattern off well. All of them are Milford thread, though the red is size 40, the others size 20. It would've made sense to use size 20 for them all, but I couldn't resist the red!
Frivole has been working from the Pricilla no. 2 book or Julia Sanders Tatting book. In my previous existence as a tatter, I used this book a lot. So I thought I'd show you the collar on net that I made for myself. I made one exactly according to the pattern for a friend, then made some alterations to this one so that it would be a bit different. I'm glad to hear that the book is now available on line. Thanks to Frivole for the link. I also made the collar shown on page 13. When I was given the book as a present, it blew my mind! It was so different to the Coats booklets that were the only patterns I'd had access to before that. It probably wouldn't have the same impact now, but nevertheless, it's worth looking at.
Monday, January 21, 2013
this motif by Renulek so much I've tatted it again in blue. I'm contemplating make 5 motifs for a food cover. One for each corner and one for the middle. The next challenge will have to wait for a bit.
My Catherine Wheel joins are not as neat as I would've hoped. I tied myself in knots trying to undo them, so decided to concentrate on improving them as I went along. Phew, there are a lot of tatters doing the TIAS this year. Hats off to Jane for keeping up with us all!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Frivole and Fox have both recently tatted this motif by Renulek. It was just what I was looking for to practise onion rings. I like the contrast between the 'solid' centre and the more airy second round. I like the 'hanging rings' too. Thanks Renulek.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
post on Monday gave me an idea for dealing with tension problems in onion rings. How about using a finer thread for the inner ring and a thicker thread for the outer? The black and red motifs use size 40 and size 20. The top motifs use size 20 and size 10. I think it works, makes it possible to tat without having to pay too much attention to tension.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
TIAS done. I took the intrepid route - I thought it would be a bit feeble if I didn't, given that I'm in the middle of a campaign to learn new techniques! I was pleased with how smoothly it went, I didn't even have to look up the instructions again. Practising Catherine Wheel joins has helped with split chains too. What is it? One of those South American pyramids perhaps?
instructions. Jennifer Williams's directions were for chains around a ring, but they did give extra clues about making the 'onion ring join' that were helpful - move the shuttle thread out of the way when picking up the thread round the hand, and put the shuttle through from back to front. One thing I did battle with a bit was tension. I had to make the inside ring very tight and the outer one looser. The butterfly and edging come from Georgia Seitz's website. They were tatted by Hope Green. I don't feel quite confident with onion rings yet, I'll work on them a bit more.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
My Best Shot
Friday, January 11, 2013
What price your labour?
Unyoked and Day 1
On a more positive note, Jane Eborall's Tat-it-and-see begins today. Great fun. The pattern is released in small stages, with no hint of what the final product will be. I'm not much good at guessing, I have to say, and at this stage it's too early to even attempt a wild guess. All I do know is that it will be something interesting!
tat-ilicious key lime raspberry parfait.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Frivole's motif would be good to try out my new shuttle. I did larkshead picot joins in the middle. Interesting how they look interlinked. I think that's because the picots are so close to each other. Frivole's original has 'invisible' joins in the middle, but I quite like the effect of these. The thread is Tat-ilicious key lime raspberry parfait.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
My New Shuttle
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
No, no, no
Monday, January 7, 2013
Failed Monogram, Completed shuttle bag
Frivole for the pattern. Later this week I should have a special shuttle to go in it.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
A Flat Version
I wound a shuttle with thread and beads and began. Turns out you can't add a bead to the opening of a SSSR. Do a SSSR without a bead? That didn't really work, because it stuck out too much. A bare space of thread? Bit boring. How about adding a bead to that? Yes, that works fine.
Then I struggled with the foundation row. On the first attempt, it looks as though there's an extra ring sticking out. A ring without a bead? No. Same solution as before, just a bead on bare thread.
Because the rings join onto the spaces between the rings of the previous row, it's important to watch that you get the same number of rings in each row. The solution is to join the last ring to the beaded space.
I think this works, but I'd be happy to hear any suggestions for improvement.
Friday, January 4, 2013
The Ninth Challenge
I'm making a beaded shuttle bag. The pattern is Marie Smith's, but it can be found on Frivole's blog. I've worked with beads before, of course, but not quite like this. It took me over an hour to prepare the shuttles according to Marie's instructions.
Jess kindly sent me. It's not strictly necessary for this project, though I'm thinking I could put all the beads onto one shuttle and less thread on the second one. I'm also thinking of making the bag in a size 10 thread, when the Starlit will be ideal.
Tatting the bag is quite slow going, but the result is very effective. A bead is put at the back of the hand for each ring and it stops the ring from closing completely. I think it looks like scales.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Lark's Head Picot Join
My next challenge is to learn the Lark's head picot join - a bit of a mouthful that. I used Krystledawn's tutorial. My first attempt was spot on. Aha. My second was not. If you look carefully at the second ring from the left, you can see that I gave up and fudged it. I got the hang of it for a while, then produced some joins that looked right but didn't slide. No, that won't do. I think I have it now.
Krystledawn created a tutorial that is clear and easy to follow. I especially like the summary of the technique at the end, so that once you more-or-less get the hang of it, you don't have to keep going through the whole tutorial. Thanks, Krystledawn.
The LHPJ is very neat, keeping the appearance of the double stitch. Is the idea to use it as a join all the time? Or should it be used in specific circumstances? It must be slower than a 'normal' join, since it needs more movements. What do you think?
This is number 8 for my 25 Motif Challenge.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I found the pattern on Ravelry. It is a free pattern from Lopi to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The yarn that I'm using is not as thick as Icelandic Lopi. I did a swatch which came out small, but in proportion. I'm using the stitch numbers for the second size with the lengths for the first size. This should, I hope, give me the a sweater of the smallest size. Lopi have some wonderful patterns, well worth looking at.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Our power is still out, but the internet man was here this afternoon to put in a battery to keep the internet connection going. We are 'hosts' to an aerial that connects ten or so farmers to the internet, so when we are without power others are affected too. Let's hope the battery will keep everyone connected until we can get an electrician to come out and solve the problem.
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