Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
before, but shortened the chains and the bare thread spaces. I think it looks neater. Of course, it still has to be able to go over my hand, so I will still have to thread elastic, or perhaps white ribbon, through the 'eyelet row'.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Yesterday I received a booklet with the details of next year's competitions. Lo and behold, there's a tatting section! I shall do my bit to 'promote interest and thus to ensure that the craft will not become extinct'. I was thinking of doing Jane Eborall's Friendship bookmark, which is one of my favourites, but when I read the booklet more carefully, it said that the overall theme of the competition is flowers, so I had better choose a pattern that includes flowers. Plenty of scope there. There are a number of other rules and regulations to abide by, eg you can use coloured thread but not variegated thread. Not sure the point of that one, but there you go.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I thought of making the second half of the ring smaller than the first, but it didn't look right.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Martha Ess. I used a piece of cardboard as a picot guide and still didn't manage to match his wings! He has a bit of a lopsided look. I wrote about the hearts here. When I was doing folded rings to empty a shuttle, I thought it looked like a little butterfly, so here is a very, very small butterfly.
Monday, February 18, 2013
A few months ago, someone asked me to tat fingerless gloves. I was busy at the time and said so, but the idea remained at the back of my mind. When I was researching mignonette stitch, I saw a photo on pininterest of gloves in mignonette stitch that linked back to Tatted Webs. Wonderful tatting there, I haven't seen the site before. I didn't want to copy the gloves there, just use them for inspiration. I've done one glove, it has taken me a few days, all the while wondering whether what I visualised was going to work. As it is, this glove fits me, but I have very small hands and rather wonder if it will fit the person who originally wanted gloves. I wrote down each step so that I can make another one to match.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mignonette Stitch Review Lesson. The principle is simple, but it's important that the bare thread spaces be equal. I decided that the easiest way was to do the first half of the first stitch and then measure with my small, light ruler. But I'm open to suggestions on this! I need to learn to finish one round properly before doing the split ring to start the next round. It does make a light, airy fabric, and goes quite quickly.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Gunhild's book and tat Mark Myers's Elegant Heart. I mutter a lot when I'd doing pearl tatting: 'Over and under. Under and over'. I guess it would be simple for people who do frontside/backside tatting, but I find it a little confusing to have one shuttle doing under and over while the other does over and under! Thanks Gunhild for the inspiration.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I'm knitting wristlets again. I'm going to knit three pairs. I thought about doing different lace patterns on the back of each pair, but repeating the pattern means I get to know it well, where the increases go in relation to the lace pattern and that sort of thing, so I'll probably make them all the same.
I had problems with the photo again. I installed Picasa and then the photo uploaded fine, so perhaps that's the answer. I didn't really want Picasa because I"ll have to learn a whole new way of editing my photos, but I guess I don't have a choice!
I'm having problems uploading photos. After the umteenth attempt, this is the best of a very bad bunch. It happened a few days ago too. After a few hours, I uploaded the photo no problem. I tried this morning, left it until afternoon, but I'm still having a problem. Any ideas? Help!!!!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I complicated my life further by adding beads to the pearl tatting. I did the butterfly in two halves and then joined them onto the body. I was a bit worried about having a lot of ends to hide in the body, but here's how I solved that problem: two shuttles wound CTM, the centre thread doubled over in the middle, so when I got to the end, I had four threads and could do two lock stitch chains for antennae. No threads at all to sew in!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Iris Niebach's recent post that I realised it could be used for more than a narrow braid. Rings can be thrown off the braid in both directions. I've just seen that Gunhild has been inspired by Iris too. Directions for doing pearl tatting can be found on Jane Eborall's technique page here. I made a loop at the beginning of the centre thread on the motif above, so that I could close it like a Self closing mock ring.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
before. I bought a 'bath sheet' and cut it in half. I made a frog to begin with,simplifying the original pattern because the hood is much smaller. What to do with the other half? A leaf is green. I appliqued a flower onto the hood and then machine embroidered lines on the towel to simulate the veins of a leaf. Voila.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Jon Yusoff for pointing the way to Martha Ess's tutorial about folded rings. I accepted my next challenge! I've changed direction in chains before, for instance in Victat's rose pattern, but I didn't realise it could be done in rings too. Clever.