Friday, November 29, 2013
tutorial showing how to make a very small bow using a fork. When I was a child, I read about making pom poms using a fork, but there was no internet then and I couldn't quite figure it out. Actually, I think it must use the same principle as these bows. Small bows can be fiddly to make neatly, so I'm happy to find a solution when I want to decorate coat hangers or whatever.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
coat hangers had a good reception yesterday at my craft group meeting. I sold the plastic ones, so I need to make some more for Saturday's Christmas market. There's not much time, so I'm using Milford Satin 2-ply thread and a very simple edging, with some beads on the ball thread for bling. I'm not sure how many I'll manage, but I'd like to have at least a few to show off.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I've written this pattern down so that next Christmas I will still know what to do.
Easy Christmas Bauble
Bauble with an ‘equator’ of approx 18 cm, size 20 thread, 2 shuttles
CTM continuous thread method; R ring; SR split ring; Ch chain; - picot; cl close RW reverse work; + join; BTS bare thread space
Wind 2 shuttles CTM
1st round: R 2-2-2-2 Cl, RW;* Ch 2-2, R 2+(previous R)2-2-2, Cl,RW; repeat from * until there are 19 rings and 19 chains, SR 2+(previous ring)2/2+(1st ring)2
2nd round: SR 4/4; using shuttle 1,* BTS of 10 mm (tip: use a folded piece of paper to measure the BTS), R 4+(R on previous row)4, Cl, repeat from * until round is complete, + to SR
3rd round: SR 4/4; using shuttle 2, *BTS of 15 mm, R 4+(BTS of previous row)4, Cl, repeat from * until round is complete, + to SR.
Cut threads and hide ends.
Make exactly the same as first half.
Completing the bauble
Place the two halves over the bauble and use a piece of thread on a needle to lace the two halves together, imitating the look of the BTSpaces. Tie the 2 ends together in a secure knot.
beaded bauble, but it took a long time to make. I'm running out of time to make things for a Christmas market, so I wanted something that would be a bit quicker to make. I must have had beginner's luck with the beaded one, which fitted the ball first time. This pattern needed some cutting and trying different things to get right. But I think I have it now.
Friday, November 22, 2013
pattern by Nancy Tracy. They're absolutely beautiful, but because it's a shuttle-only pattern, it involves having hundreds of beads on the shuttle. Pluto1415 was looking for tips for working with so many beads on a shuttle. I couldn't help. I thought I'd try to make my own version that had the same swag effect, but no beads on the shuttle. There are beads on the chain thread and beads added to picots.
coat hanger, so I turned it into a motif. Then I thought, wait a minute, I could hang a motif in the centre of the hanger as a different way of decorating it. I think it has a lot of possibilities. This motif is a doodle using floating chains. Here's a close up:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
deas magazine of a coathanger with a crocheted edging and suggested I make a tatted version. In the original version, the whole hanger was covered with thread, but I decided to use ribbon instead. I intended to buy plastic hangers in town, but they are the sort of thing that seem ubiquitous until you actually want to buy them. I'm sure they must be available somewhere, but I didn't find any. I used wire hangers that I had at home. I'm pleased with how they turned out. Sewing the tatting to the hanger was a bit fiddly, but otherwise the project was pretty straight forward. They could be a good candidate for the Christmas market.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Jon's daisy pin, though I had to adapt it because the 'ruby' was bigger than the beads Jon used. The photo makes it look as though the tatting goes all the way round, but I confess that although that was my initial plan, it was going to take far too long, so the back of the tiara is plain material. It is fastened with velcro, which should make it easy to put on and enable it to be converted into a hair band.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
link to the pattern. In looking for the link, I see that there are beads dangling from the bottom of the tulip, though they're not shown in the diagram. I think it looks a bit like a fuschia, but that may just be because I'm more familiar with fuschias than tulips. The green ones are Petal Dancer by Rachael Mohler. The pattern can be found on the Online Tatting Class, here. I had to learn to do a ring on a ring for that pattern. I watched Rachael's video and aha, I've learnt something new! I used size 40 thread to start with, but I didn't like the look of the earring, so I started again with size 20 thread. I did use size 40 thread for the cross earrings, which are by Tatting Box on Facebook. I added a bead to the bottom ring of the multicolour pair.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
link to the pattern for the bookmark. I'm using black and white again because I have an order for two bracelets in black and white and I thought it would be good to give Nettie some choice. The ones Nettie doesn't want will go on the Christmas market. In any case, black and white are quite striking.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
This is Jane Eborall's daisy bracelet pattern. My version is not perfect - after numerous false starts I was prepared to let a few mistakes go! At first I felt a bit overwhelmed by the paraphernalia involved - three sizes of bead, safety pins, picot gauge, beading needle, two shuttles, bracelet clasps.... - but it became easier once I grasped the pattern properly. It's never going to be an easy or quick tat, but it does become easier with practice. And of course it helps that Jane's patterns are always so clearly presented.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I was tatting along merrily with Tat-ilicious Little Boy Blue thread when I realised that it really isn't a rose colour. So I've renamed this one, flowers and vine bracelet. This one is for the Christmas market, but I think the next one will be for me.
I've turned Paula Gero's Roses and Vine bookmark into a bracelet by doing just three repeats and adding fasteners. I added beads to the centres of the flowers too. The bracelet is for an order. The brief was a wide bracelet in black and white that would fit me. I think it works, I hope Nettie will be happy with it. I might do another in other colours for the Christmas market.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The flower is Jon's pattern, called Daisy Pin. The rest I made up as I went along. I've been thinking for a while of making a hand decoration that was much quicker and simpler than mignonette gloves. Originally I was asked to make the gloves for someone who does make up for weddings and wanted to look good in the photos. I think these could work for that purpose. This bracelet is a bit big for me, but I have very small hands, so if I want to put it on a Christmas market table, I had better make it so that it fits other people!